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.