Rosemary & Larry Mild

Magic Island Literary Works Dan & Rivka Sherman Mystery Series

This second book in the Milds’, successful Sherman Mystery Series again shows their ability to create a good cozy mystery. Death Takes A Mistress does a good job of getting into and out of the backstory in an active scene set in 1982 London, England. By chapter two, the story shifts promptly to the meat of the story in 2005, introducing the murdered woman’s daughter, Ivy, who had the good fortune to be left with a kind and loving babysitter at the time of the murder. The babysitter and her husband raise Ivy. Now, twenty-three-years old and graduating from college, Ivy is determined to reopen the case of her mother’s death, which, everyone but her seems to have forgotten.

Following the few clues—1982 police reports, a journal of her mother’s, and a box from the crime scene with an Annapolis, Maryland address, Ivy is off the United States tout de suite. The pacing is well done in this book, and as any lover of a good cozy knows, it delivers what Ivy needs in the way of a support system. She finds a job on her arrival in Maryland in The Olde Victorian Bookstore replete with the eccentric couple—pseudo sleuths—who own it, Dan and Rivka Sherman. The Milds, once again, treat us with their strong ability to create and make us believe in their fictional characters—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Solving this crime will not be easy, even with the help of the Shermans’ connections at Scotland Yard in England. Clues are found and stolen, four families filled with likely suspects present themselves, attempts are made on Ivy’s life, and the Sherman’s get a shock or two along the way. A good read.

This review was provided by Mahala Church for her column Barefoot Reviews in the February 2015 issue of The Book Breeze.

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