Book Review: A Grand Murder

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A Grand Murder

By Stacy Verdick Case ($14.95)

When a prominent local businessman and friend of the chief of police is murdered on the front steps of his posh Grand Avenue Hill home, homicide detective Catherine O’Brien and her partner Louise are given two days to find his killer. O’Brien is a a pithy, vertically challenged, St. Paul, Minnesota, detective with a monstrous coffee habit. The two soon discover that the victim had a list of people with motives to murder him, including his fashion designer ex-wife, his mistress’s husband, and the chief of police. The only evidence the detectives have to go on is a missing cell phone, a stolen book, the victim’s letter opener, and an ugly pair of Alpaca wool mittens.

A Grand Murder is a clever, fast-paced, easy read. It is unbelievably seamless and captivating for a first novel (and novelist). A Grand Murder features great characters, believable dialogue, and a gripping mystery.

I have just one thing, though, that I have to mention (to my chagrin)…there were some errors in punctuation that were a tad annoying — but, for the sake of full disclosure, I am a stickler for grammar issues. However, even as a grammar freak, I had no trouble whatsoever cruising past those mishaps — which were barely a blip on my reading radar — to get through this story quickly.

A Grand Murder is the book I read while in Cancun. It was my beach/pool read and I tore through it in no time. It was hard to put down, in spite of my glorious surroundings. True story! I can’t wait to read the next installment(s) in the Catherine O’Brien series.

Stacy Verdick Case was born in Willmar, Minnesota. After a brief stint as a military brat, where she lived in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, her family moved back to Minnesota. Stacy currently lives in a suburb of St. Paul with her husband and her daughter.

Stacy’s non-fiction work has appeared in numerous publications including Authorship, Fiction Factor, First Draft, Kiss of Death, Heart of Romance, Valley Forget Romance Writers Newsletter, Dr. DP Lyle’s Website Midwest Muse, and Absolute Write.

Her first Catherine O’Brien mystery, A Grand Murder, is available from Before the Fall Books (or at her website, of course). Stacy’s second Catherine O’Brien mystery, Murder is a Family Affair, will be released soon.

And, good news: Stacy is hard at work on her third book in the series. Yay!

I encourage you to check out the author’s website, which is chock-full of resources and information. You can also keep up with Stacy Verdick Case on Facebook.

I was not compensated for writing this post. I received a copy of A Grand Murder to facilitate my review. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.

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  1. says

    Hi Kristin!Thanks for the nice words but I\’m pretty sure even I would have skipped it in favor of Cancun (and I wrote the darn thing). I\’m glad you enjoyed the book. The second book will be out shortly!Thank you again for reading and posting about A Grand Murder.Best wishes,Stacy

    • says

      I have this weird “thing” about always having to read something while at the beach or pool. Don’t worry, I soaked in enough of the surroundings while my husband was checking “things” out through his binoculars. Your book was simply so much fun and such a treat, that I loved reading it poolside (while baking) or on the beach. I’m anxious to read the rest. I have no more vacations planned for some time, so I’ll be reading them on my couch or in bed, but that’s quite all right as well. Detective O’Brien can be ready anywhere. Can’t wait. Thanks!!

  2. Jesselyn A says

    Hi Kristin – Thanks for the thoughtful review. I’m reading it right now (aside from earning an entry in a giveaway – but THIS is the Post I chose among many!)

    I chose this one for a reason:

    What I was growing up I simply could NOT get enough of reading mysteries! I mean I devoured them at a rate where I was honestly concerned that I would run out of books before my favorite authors could write new ones! AND I just got home from spending the day with my 90 year old – setting up her new Kindle+++++ – and she’s the one who got me hooked on mysteries SOOO long ago – so we we’re talking about books and reading and I’m thinking about how much I loved reading a good (fun, fluid and easy to read) mystery – and now I have one all write and ready for me!

    As an avid reader and writer myself – I also especially LOVE to be able to genuinely have the opportunity to read- enjoy- and recommend a FIRST TIME (published) AUTHOR! It really is both a pleasure and an honor.

    My 90+ year old Mom also mentioned that she was worried that lately I’;ve only been reading things (NON-FICTION…) that are both oppressive and depressing. It’s been a long time since I’ve indulged in such a pleasure – and this sounds like a good place to start. Thanks Kristin

    • says

      Hi, Joselyn…thanks so much for the kind words. We sound pretty similar. People always ask me why I choose to read the kind of books I do (although they apparently miss the books I read on how-to or biographies, etc.)…I just happen to enjoy the suspense and drama of mysteries and criminal cases (not explicit ones!).

      Now, I hope I didn’t over-sell it, because I did have a little problem with some editing issues, but they’re NOT a big deal (and I’m a spaz over punctuation and spelling and whatnot LOL). But, I truly did ignore the scenery in Cancun one afternoon to read this book. I thought it was interesting and fun and clever, all at the same time. I enjoyed it, I know that much. It was like…a nice change of pace from the usual formulaic type mysteries/dramas. I know you’ll know what I mean. :) Enjoy! Happy reading!!
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  3. M.Clark says

    Sounds like a great read, thank you for posting this review. I must admit, I get annoyed by grammatical errors also.

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