See Also Murder – A fine mystery featuring an unusual investigator in an unusual locale – #bookreview

 

See Also Murder

A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery

Larry D. Sweazy

(Seventh Street Books – paperback, Kindle)

 

I love mystery stories where the investigator is neither a bitter private detective nor a jaded cop, and the setting is somewhere far away from New York, Los Angeles, Paris or other “usual suspect” cities.

Larry D. Sweazy’s new novel features a North Dakota farm wife who freelances as a book indexer while also taking care of her disabled husband and their tenuous hold on their windswept acreage.

When a nearby farm couple is brutally murdered, the local sheriff comes to see Marjorie Trumaine and asks her to help him track down the meaning or identity of a puzzling clue, a strange, Norse copper amulet found clutched in one victim’s hand.

Marjorie is reluctant, at first, to help, creeped out by what has happened to her neighbors and worried about protecting her blind and partially paralyzed husband from danger.

Once she does go to work on trying to identify the amulet, however, she begins to come across odd, seemingly disconnected clues. But the puzzles start to become clearer to her once she puts her book indexing skills to work. She begins creating an index of clues and suspects. And what she organizes soon leads her right into an unexpected, deadly trap.

Larry D. Sweazy is a well-established Western writer who has been casting a wider fiction net recently. And, like Marjorie Trumaine, he is a professional book indexer. Unlike Marjorie, however, he has compiled more than 800 back-of-the-book indexes for major trade publishers and university presses.

Set in the 1960s, See Also Murder is mystery at some of its engrossing best, with an investigator definitely worth following as the new series grows.

Si Dunn

 

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