Death Goes Postal by Rosemary & Larry Mild

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Death Goes Postal by Rosemary and Larry Mild
Publisher: Magic Island Literary Works
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (294 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Rosemary and Larry Mild, have created an exciting new mystery series featuring reluctant amateur sleuths, Daniel and Rivka Sherman. The Shermans have given up successful professional careers as engineer and editor to become booksellers in The Olde Victorian book store in Annapolis, Maryland.
Rare fifteenth century typesetting artifacts journey through time to the present, leaving behind not only their original innovation but a horrifying imprint of murder, robbery, kidnapping, and mugging in their wake.

Professor Abner Fraume, brother of the bookstore’s former owner, possesses these artifacts and gives his life to protect their whereabouts. A greedy colleague poses as one of several newcomers to a literary critique group sponsored by The Olde Victorian Bookstore. This villain leaves a trail of disaster in Bath England; Annapolis Maryland and the Deep South. Dan and Rivka Sherman risk life and limb solving puzzles to locate the hidden artifacts and unmask the manic-depressive suspect behind the crimes. The conundrum’s path involves the internet, a young lad’s term paper, the U.S. Mails, the FBI, and Scotland Yard. Is it any wonder that Death Goes Postal?

Who knew that taking over a bookstore would prove to be so dangerous?

The authors have written other Dan and Rivka Sherman mysteries, but this is the first one I’ve read. Part of my interest in the story stemmed from the setting in the bookstore, which is an old Victorian home. The authors include a lot of detail about how antique printing was done and the proper names for the equipment used. You learn something as you read this mystery, which is a nice touch. I was expecting this to be more of a cozy mystery, but the authors surprised me by making this a very suspenseful story with an ironic ending.

The man who acquired the antique printing equipment wanted to donate it to museum and knew another man lusted over it. He sent notes to his sister as clues to the location of the antiques. Dan and Rivka end up buying the store from this man’s sister. She has hidden the clues in the house, but they aren’t sure where. They also don’t get the message from her about the mystery until it’s almost too late. What makes the story interesting is that you have several suspects. They have a mystery critique group that is suddenly gaining new members; new members no one has seen before. How can they determine who the suspect is? They all appear normal…

The pace picks up dramatically when Rivka is kidnapped. She’s afraid of being killed because she knows too much about him and I could feel her fear. The authors express emotion well and their words make you feel the tension grow.

The story flows well, the intensity of the plot keeps you turning pages, and I was almost afraid to see what happened at the end. The authors handled that well and in a believable manner. All in all, it was an interesting tale with characters you could relate to and enjoy reading about. Why not give it a try and see if it raises your heart rate?

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