Why Casey Had to Die: A Harry Bronson Mystery

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A retired Dallas police detective discovers that life on the road isn't all it's cracked up to be. When the Slayers-fans of the works of Dorothy L. Sayers-invite Harry Bronson (What Others Know, not reviewed, etc.) to be the "consultant" at their weeklong convention at the Sun Lodge in Safford, Ariz., it looks as if he'll finally make good on his promise to his wife Carol to take their brand-new motor home and see some of the country. Bronson just has to answer questions about police procedure as the mystery buffs solve a murder staged by convention chair L'ee Chalmers with the help of Sun Lodge Events Coordinator Wayne Weeks. But when the centerpiece crime turns out to bear a striking resemblance to Bronson's first case-the murder of coed Casey Secrist at a frat-house party-he begins to smell a setup. Talking to the contestants does nothing to bring down his blood pressure. Trent Powers was president of the fraternity where Casey was killed; Tom and Marie O'Day are sketchy; and Katherine Shepard all but accuses Bronson of murdering Max, the Slayers' former consultant, so he could steal his gig. But the more he digs the more cages he rattles, until someone takes Carol to see more of the country than she bargained for. Part cozy, part thriller, part scavenger hunt, Bronson's fourth doesn't quite do justice to any of its genres.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597228190
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 9/17/2008
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 335
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Asuperb police procedural tale

    Dallas Police Detective Harry Bronson was on the force for over three decades before being forced retired. When he looks back at his illustrious career, he knows his first case the Casey Secrist murder was the most influential on how he conducted an investigation. He followed procedure and soon arrested her boyfriend, who was convicted of the crime. However, Harry had some doubts and vowed to never allow bureaucratic rules to interfere again with an inquiry.-------------------------- When the Slayers mystery group consultant for several years dies in a hit and run, Lee Chalmers hires Harry. He and his wife drive from Texas to Safford, Arizona where they are available to help participants solve a week long murder mystery. However, not only are they followed by an intrusive person who slashes the tires of the Bronson vehicle, the script is the Secrist homicide. Harry sees this as a second chance to atone for his biggest blunder, but had not anticipated his beloved Carol would be a pawn of an avenger.------------------- This is a superb police procedural tale that uses an annual event honoring Dorothy L. Sayers as the milieu to a murder mystery. Harry, though retired, uses his police force connections and his experience to investigate what is going on today and how it ties to the past. Readers will enjoy his efforts although the original motive to WHY CASEY HAD TO DIE seems a stretch.----------------------- Harriet Klausner

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