Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Review: See Also Murder by Larry Sweazy

See Also Murder
by Larry Sweazy

Publisher: Promethus Books
Pages: 250
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  In 1964, a grisly murder is committed in the small town of Dickinson, North Dakota. Erik and Lida Knudsen are found murdered in their bed, their throats slit. Two sons—Jaeger and Peter, ages 19 and 20—live in the same house, but claim to have heard nothing while asleep in their rooms. 

Sheriff Hilo Jenkins is called to the scene and discovers a strange copper amulet clasped in Erik’s hand. Knowing that his friend Marjorie Trumaine is a skilled researcher and professional indexer, Jenkins asks for her help in investigating the possible meaning of the amulet with its unusual markings.

Her search takes her to a nearby college where she discovers that Professor Phineas Strand once had a similar amulet that was stolen. Later, Professor Strand is found murdered in the same brutal fashion. And Marjorie uncovers a connection between Peter Knudsen and the professor.

As she gets closer to the truth, Marjorie feels increasingly threatened, knowing the killer will stop at nothing to cover his tracks.

Kritters Thoughts:  Marjorie Trumaine lives on a functioning farm and also works as an indexer of books for extra money.  She has an invalid husband and lives far away from most people.  When her closest neighbors are found murdered she gets swept up into finding the killer and the motive.  

I LOVE a story where an amateur sleuth is trying to solve a murder - it is my favorite mystery sub genre!  Marjorie was such a fun character to follow down this rabbit hole and I loved how she used her indexing of a book skills to use when trying to catch a killer.

With these books I also judge them on the killer and how it works in the full story and I would say I loved this one.  I loved who it was and how they were connected to the story - it made sense and even made me re-read a few parts because I wanted to see what I missed that could have maybe allowed me to guess sooner.  I love when I don't see all the clues and put hand to forehead!

At 250 pages, this book was short and sweet and just right.  It was the first in a series of three and I will be reviewing the next two in the series over the next two days.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Promethus Books.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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