Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Got No Friend Anyhow
Author: Peggy Ehrhart
Publisher: Five Star/Gale
Release Date: February 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, New York
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
Peggy's Website/Blog: www.peggyehrhart.com
Got No Friend Anyhow is a sequel to Ms. Ehrhart's previous blues mystery called Sweet Man is Gone, published in 2008. The main character, Maxx Maxwell (her real name is Elizabeth) has a following in the New York City blues community but wants to make a CD with her band Maxximum Blues that will make the band fascinating to the Blues scene. Her record label of choice is Prowling Rooster Records with Rick Schneider, producing. When the CD is nearly completed Mr. Schneider comes up missing and it seems to Maxx that he has gone back to his former girlfriend, Brenda Honeycut. Brenda is a singer/songwriter and this is not good news to Maxx as she also has a personal as well as business interest in Rick. He is the first to give her any attention since she left Sandy, a woman chasing guitar player who broke her heart. (Does this not sound like the perfect Country Song?)
Maxx goes to Rick's studio to see if she can find the master CD and finds that his office has been trashed and some of his framed souvenirs are found in a pool of blood. The next day Maxx identifies Rick's body at the morgue. The authorities believe that Rick was pirating CD's and was murdered by some of the unsavory folks that he did business with. Maxx is determined to find out the truth and her investigation leads her to Rick's business partners, Brenda Honeycut and a secret that Rick has been keeping. (A little more country).
I am admitting up front that I am not a Blues fan but, the author certainly knows her subject. Maxx is a very tenderhearted girl who is bound and determined to take care of her friends and her odd bandmates. A very interesting mystery that would be a page-turner to Blues fans with a very striking and unforeseen ending. As I said, I am not a blues fan but do like some country music and I have to say, this book made me appreciate it more. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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