Friday, March 5, 2010

'The Big Grabowski', Carolyn J. Rose, Mike Nettleton, 2009, Krill Press LLC

Molly Donovan has taken a paid leave and vacation from her job with a daily newspaper in Albuquerque to come home to Devil's Harbor, Oregon to be with her father Mike, recovering from a heart attack. So she is working for 'The North Coast Flotsam' paper with no crime beat and only publishes twice a week. Needless to say, what happens next is right up her alley.

Near the sea lions, a body washes up on shore, none other than the unpopular land-grabber, Vincent Grabowski. He has upset almost every person in the harbor town with his land development gone bad as well as being environmentally unfriendly.

Rose and Nettleton present a cast of characters, so many of them questionable and also with a motive. However, the personalities are all unique and downright funny. The mayor is called 'His Pudginess' and the authors' descriptions are hilarious, including the places in Devil's Harbor. The story line progresses with no dull moments.

'The Big Grabowski' is a laugh out loud, well written mystery. I certainly enjoyed the read.

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