Rosemary and Larry Mild coauthor mysteries and thrillers�novels and short stories. Their latest wickedly entertaining short stories appear in new anthologies: Mystery in Paradise: 13 Tales of Suspense and Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays. The Milds have waved goodbye to Severna Park, Maryland, and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where they cherish time with their children and grandchildren.
Death Takes A Mistressby Larry Mild
Ivy seeks employment as a
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After twenty-three years, the daughter of a mistress seeks revenge from the murderous lover who killed her mother and deserted her at age three months. Ivy, the daughter, follows the cold case clues from London, England to Annapolis, Maryland where she discovers her father and killer belong to one of four families. But which one?
Ivy seeks employment as a clerk at The Olde Victorian Bookstore where she finds friendship, advice, love, and caution from Dan and Rivka Sherman, the booksellers. The Shermans use their old connections at Scotland Yard to obtain Ivy's mother's diary, but it is soon stolen. Will they get it back? Does it contain the clues they need? Will Ivy cause fear and havoc in the four families�enough to put her own life in jeopardy?
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Reviewed by Ellen Odza for Readers' Favorite Death Takes a Mistress by Rosemary and Larry Mild is the second book featuring Dan and Rivka Sherman, but although there are references to the first book, it’s not necessary to have read the first one to enjoy this one. The plot revolves around a cold case - the 23-year-old murder in Bath of a single mother with a baby daughter, Ivy. Growing up, Ivy is obsessed with her mother’s murder and believes that Scotland Yard did not put enough effort into the case. After graduating from college, Ivy is determined to locate her biological father, the man she believes murdered her mother all those years ago. Following some clues in her mother’s journal, Ivy travels to Annapolis, Maryland, and takes a job in the bookstore owned by Dan and Rivka. They quickly become friends and when Ivy confides her true purpose in coming to Annapolis, they aid her in her search. This book is very well written, with enough red herrings and surprises to keep me guessing until the end. Dan and Rivka are great characters, just quirky enough to be fun. Ivy is a very interesting character, with a lot of depth. I quickly became invested in her quest for justice (or revenge?) and was completely hooked. The descriptions of the various locations are extremely evocative. I can clearly picture Dan and Rivka’s Old Victorian Bookstore, with its Dungeon entrance, the soda fountain at Phil’s Pharmacy, and Beth Israel synagogue. The Jewish elements of the story were well done; not so detailed that someone unfamiliar with the religion would be confused but detailed enough for a Jewish reader like me to enjoy. The descriptions of the Shabbat meals made my mouth water! Death Takes a Mistress is fast-paced enough to keep my attention and the plot twists made it impossible to put down. I’m definitely going to be looking for the first book in this series and I hope Rosemary and Larry Mild plan to write a third!
Death Takes A Mistress begins in Bath, England, 1982. A young, single mother is brutally murdered in her apartment, presumably by her married lover. Luckily her infant daughter Ivy was with a neighbor at the time. The case soon grew cold, everyone except Ivy let the memory of that awful day slip away. Fast forward to 2005.Ivy Cohen was raised by the neighbor that her mother left her with many years ago. Happy and loved, Ivy is a well-adjusted college graduate with a mission. She is determined to find her father – the man who murdered her mother. The only clues she has to go by are old police reports, her mother’s journal and a box from an Annapolis store that was left at the crime scene. Ivy heads for Virginia with more courage and determination than money. She quickly finds a job as a clerk at The Olde Victorian Bookstore working for Dan and Rivka Sherman. The job is a perfect fit. She quickly finds the Sherman’s intrigued with her story and quest to find her father. They have a connection to Scotland Yard and the couple quickly agrees to help Ivy obtain a copy of her mother’s diary. Once it arrives, Ivy discovers that her father probably belongs to one of four families. Impatiently, she stirs the hornet’s nest of possible relatives by announcing her plans to find the person that murdered her mother. Her plan works. Someone attacks her to get to the diary, and that is just the beginning of the events leading towards the end of her quest – or maybe even her life. This is the second in the Mild’s Dan & Rivka Sherman Mystery Series. It reads fine as a stand-alone novel, with just enough references to the first book in the series (Death Goes Postal) to pique my interest but not give away the plot. Death Takes A Mistress is a delightfully twisted tale of intrigue. Every time I thought I knew who the killer was, a plot twist would make me second-guess my conclusion. I didn’t know for sure until the final chapters, which makes the mystery lover in me very happy. The characters were fun and believable. Even secondary characters like the woman who rents Ivy a room have personalities that made me connect with them. The bad boys that weren’t all bad and the good boys who are actually bad are exceedingly well done and true-to-life. I am looking forward to reading more books by the Milds. Copyright © 2014 Laura Hartman DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review.
This is the 1st book I have read by the Milds. Set in London and in Annapolis Md., this is a fast paced book. Ivy crosses the ocean to find her mother's murderer, and also to find her birth father. Luckily of Ivy she finds a job at The Olde Victorian Book Store, which is owned by Dan and Rivka Sherman. Rivka and Dan become more than just friends to Ivy, helping Ivy on her quest for the truth. I have not read the 1st book in this series, Death Goes Postal. But if Death Takes a Mistress is any sign of another good book, I will soon be looking for it. A copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.