Friday, May 12, 2017

Review of "Return To Dead City by Mike Reuther - A Cozzy Crager Mystery

As a lover of baseball, I was eager to read this murder mystery set in the world of minor league Class A ball. Detective Cozzy Crager has recently returned to his hometown of Centre Towne, PA, home of the struggling farm team for the Mets. He no sooner arrives than the aging star of the baseball team, Lance Miller, is found dead. And we are off to the races.

The list of suspects and those with an ax to grind constitute a fascinating story. There are intertwining relationships at every turn. Lance's ex-wife is a suspect. his brother is owner of the team, and has been implicated  in dubious financial dealings. The detective's investigation takes him from shady dives to the ivied halls of in the local university. There are ex-lovers to be considered in the mix.Then there is the complication Lance's steroid use, and the question of who provided the drugs.  Things are complicated, and it takes a great deal of grit on the part of Cozzy to untangle this Gordian knot.

The writing is crisp, clear, and entertaining. This novel, "Return To Dead City,"is part of author Mike Reuter's "Cozzy Crager Mystery Series." I look forward to reading more of them.



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