Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: A Deadly Row - 1st in the Math Puzzle Mystery series
Author: Casey Mayes
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: September 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Charlotte NC
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Casey's Website/Blog: www.caseymayes.com
A first Casey Mayes book for me and I really liked it. The location is Charlotte, NC and much of the locales mentioned are actually real. It sounds like a beautiful city but, crime occurs there just as anywhere else.
Our heroine, Savannah Stone, is a math genius and works at creating puzzles for many US newspapers around the country. Her husband, Zach, is a former Chief of Police in Charlotte who was shot in the line of duty and took early retirement. They moved to a small town in NC in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Along with his retirement, Zach works as a consultant for various police departments in the country helping to solve murder cases that seem unsolvable. They receive a call from the present Chief of Police in Charlotte saying that there is a murderer on the loose who has targeted the former Mayor and a very good friend of the Stones, Grady Winslow. The killer has stated that Grady will be his next victim. The Stones were introduced to each other by Grady and he is very close to them so how could they not go to Charlotte to help him? In this case, Savannah is working with Zach as his assistant and they both discover the culprit in the same instant.
This author has written a fascinating husband and wife murder mystery (a la Mr. and Mrs. North). I hope that some of you readers are not too young to remember them. The plot of this book is a little convoluted but, a real puzzle. It takes a while for Savannah and Zach to solve it but, brings in many suspects to keep you guessing as to who did what to who.
So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon,
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