Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Hunting for Hemingway - 2nd in the D.D. McGil Literati Mystery series
Author: Diane Gilbert Madsen
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Release Date: September 2010
Year/Setting: Present day, Chicago IL
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Diane's Website/Blog: www.dianegilbertmadsen.com
This was a very interesting read. The plot is fascinating and a mystery to me as I didn't know that some of Hemingway's early works were stolen.
DD McGil is an insurance investigator who has been unusually unlucky in finding a man to love. One of her gentlemen friends passed away and the next was taken into the witness protection program one fine night, never to be seen again. Now, however, an old flame of DD's, David Barnes, who is an academic and a Hemingway expert has come back into her life and needs DD's expertise in detecting. Apparently, he says that he has come into possession of stories and poems by Hemingway that were lost while on a train to Switzerland in 1922 by Hemingway's then wife. David plans to auction them off for many millions of dollars but, first he has to authenticate them and find out if they were really lost, stolen or are forgeries. Sadly, after DD begins to investigate, David is killed. DD's inquiries into this problem puts her in the sights of a killer and the hunter swiftly becomes the hunted when David's killer tries to stop her in her tracks.
Hunting for Hemingway is a very uncommon puzzle that makes literary history very absorbing. I found the book to be very clever and witty, a very fast-paced story filled with red herrings and murder. I really liked the character, DD McGil, she is a working woman who doesn't take any guff from anyone except her cat, Cavalier. But, all animal lovers usually give the animal the house and everything in it. I know I do!!
Also, Mr. Hemingway doesn't come off looking too good but, I don't remember him being exactly heroic and I'm glad that Ms. Madsen didn't make him out to be so enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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