Death Takes a Mistress by Rosemary and Larry Mild

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Death Takes a Mistress by Rosemary and Larry Mild
Publisher: Magic Island Literary Works
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (246 pgs)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

After twenty-three years, the daughter of a mistress seeks revenge from the murderous lover who killed her mother and deserted her at age three months. Ivy, the daughter, follows the cold case clues from London, England to Annapolis, Maryland where she discovers that her father and killer belong to one of four families. But which one? Ivy seeks employment as a clerk at The Olde Victorian Bookstore where she finds friendship, advice, love, and caution from Dan and Rivka Sherman, the booksellers. The Shermans use their old connections at Scotland Yard to obtain Ivy’s mother’s diary, but it is soon stolen. Will they get it back? Does it contain the clues they need? Will Ivy cause fear and havoc in the four families-enough to put her own life in jeopardy?

If I only had four words to describe Death Takes a Mistress they would be “what a fun book”. It reminded me of a whodunit of days gone by with an interesting plot peppered with a host of equally interesting characters.

This was the first book I’d read by the authors and my first introduction to their sleuths Dan and Rivka Sherman. They run a bookstore which I felt like I was actually in and snooping around. They are likeable, well developed characters who I’d like to read more about in the future.

The secondary characters in this book were also well developed. Some were more likeable than others but all had an interesting story to be told which kept me turning the pages. As the story progressed I found myself reading on trying to figure out whom Ivy’s father was and if he had in fact, murdered her mother.

The setting of this story is great too and I liked the sub-plot of the mystery writing group. As with all fun whodunnits there are some clues that lead you off track and a good sprinkling of humor.

During the last five chapters or so I kept reading to see if I figured out correctly who the guilty person was. It had a satisfying ending and a nice closure for Ivy. It has left me eager to see what the authors have in store next for Dan and Rivka.

If you like a classic whodunit I think you’ll enjoy this one.

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