Flowering Judas (Gregor Demarkian, #26)
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Flowering Judas (Gregor Demarkian #26)

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“Haddam manages to produce each time a layered, richly peopled, and dryly witty book with a plot of mind-bending complexity.” —Houston Chronicle on Glass Houses
Twelve years ago, Chester Morton disappeared from his hometown in Mattuck, New York, leaving no trace and never to be heard from again. For the past twelve years, his mother has kept the search for her son alive
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Published August 2nd 2011 by Minotaur Books
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I love this series -- I probably couldn't tell you the mysteries, but I want to live in Gregor Demarkian's neighborhood and hang around with his friends.
It's been a while since I read one in this series; I enjoyed this, though I would suggest starting this series from the beginning. The mystery here involves a 12-year disappearance, the discovery of two suspicious deaths-one body hanging from a billboard, and one set bones of an infant.

I do like the way the author fleshes out her characters. There are always 2 stories in her Demarkian books: the primary mystery itself, and the goings-on in Gregor Demarkian's (largely Armenian) Cavanaugh Street n...more
Oct 04, 2011 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers; people who like stories set in small towns.
Recommended to Richard by: I read a review
I think this is the first book I have ever read featuring Armenian Americans. In fact, the author's name is really Orania Papazoglou. Apparently many people know Flowering Judas is a kind of tree since there are several books with this same title.

This is really a thinking person's mystery. While there are many possibilities, the story has to be decided the way it is. There are no other alternatives. The description of Mattatuck's governing body sounds like a lot of small towns trying to hold ont...more
I've been reading the Gregor Demarkian series since like forever and Jane Haddam can't crank them out fast enough for me.
Over the years I've gotten attached to the many characters in the books and one may be about to die a natural death -- he is 100.
There is always so much happening in these books that you must concentrate and as usual it all comes together in the end. Can't put it down once you start
Jane Haddam consistently comes up with a new plot twist for her mysteries. The characters are great and she keeps you wondering who did it all the way through the book. One of my favorite authors!
I listened to this book while I was driving, so part of my enjoyment of the book was the reader. He did a wonderful job with voices, and his cadence, inflections, and pace were great.

I also enjoyed the mystery of the book. It had depth, and twists and turns, and false leads, and all the other trappings of a good mystery.

I'm adding Gregor Demarkian to my list of favorite flawed "detectives" - with Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, Commissioner Guido Brunetti, and Detective Inspector John Rebus.
another reviewer said that this book is a real "thinking person's mystery" and they are completely right. The book is not action-packed, it's no thriller, but it relies on we the complex story of a mystery with many layers. The best part of this book was wondering about how will all be solved. I admit to being completely mystified as to what the answer would be the killer(s) would be and when it was revealed, it was very satisfying. Everything fit neatly together and I could see how the answer w...more
Joyce Lagow
Number 26 in the Gregor Demarkian of Philadelphia series.

Once again, Demarkian is called into a small town, this one in New York State, to consult with the local police on a baffling death. At first, he’s just as happy to take the case, since Bennis, in the throes of remodeling a townhouse they’ve just bought at the end of Cavanaugh Street where they currently live, has covered every surface with samples--of carpeting, of bathroom fixtures, of counter surfaces, you name it. In order to take a sh...more

“The first person to see the body hanging from the billboard on Mattatuck Avenue was Haydee Michaelman, and she wasn’t paying attention….Later, Haydee would wonder why everybody had managed to miss that thing up there. She wouldn’t wonder for long. It was “The Billvoard,” after all. It was that big sign asking if you’s seen Chester Ray Morton. It had been up there for twelve years. Nobody looked at it twice anymore.”

Once Haydee brought the body to everyone’s attention, it became another page in...more
Twelve years ago, Chester Morton disappeared from his hometown in Mattuck, New York, leaving no trace and never to be heard from again. For the past twelve years, his mother has kept the search for her son alive—paying for a billboard overlooking the local community college, putting up new flyers every week, hounding every law enforcement agency she can get to listen. Her determination has made his disappearance very high profile but it’s also been damaging to her family, her children and to her...more
This was a blast. My first foray into this author and the retired FBI agent Gregor Demarkian. Full of wit, sly references to American icons and myth, for example: I grew up knowing Howard Johnson's as HoJo's the place you went to eat back then that the whole family could afford. Never really thought about anyone acutally staying there. And thus all the internal and vocal comments Gregor makes about HoJo's are wonderful. This was a very good read, and difficult to put down. AT first I thought I w...more
Apr 09, 2012 Nancy added it
Gregor Demarkian is asked to go to western NY state to help solve the mystery of Chester Morton, who disappeared 12 years ago and whose body is found dangling from a bulletin board, put up by his mother, saying, "Have you seen this man?" Many people are involved including "trailer trash", the Morton family - particularly Charlene, the mother - the police chief, the mayor, a community college teacher, a former girlfriend, a police officer, the skeleton of a baby, an Albanian construction company,...more
The reappearance of Chester throws his home town into turmoil. Chester disappeared as a teenager. He reappeared freshly hanged by the neck from his "Have you seen this boy?" poster.

Gregor Demarkian is called in by the astonishingly incompetent local police force. Chester's crazy mother, his ex-girlfriend, his former trailer park neighbors, and his own paripetetic body disguise the frantic behind-the-scenes manipulations that have been going on from the time Chester disappeared.

I took a special l...more
I could say, "Oh, Gregor Demarkian sets another small town in the Northeast straight", but that's kind of like saying, "Oh, Miss Marple solved another mystery in her small village". Yes, some of the mysteries seem the same, but Haddam fleshes them out, makes them interesting, and draws a person into the tale willingly.

This one has a lot to do with family - those we're born into, those we create. Good families, bad families, families that learn to change with the times.

At the same time, it's abo...more
Chester Morton disappeared twelve years ago from the small town of Mattatuck, NY. His mother says she's sure he's dead, but is determined to keep looking until she finds his body. But when Chester turns up, he's newly dead, apparently by suicide. Why would he come back only to kill himself? The not-too-competent police don't want to have another twelve years of dealing with Chester's wealthy, determined mother Charlene, so they ask Gregor Demarkian to consult on the case, just so everyone knows...more
Oh my lord, I can't believe I finished this book. Those are days I'll never get back, especially when I could have saved myself the time and aggravation by just reading the epilogue. There were so many little things that drove me crazy, not only about the plot, but about the characters, as well. Like why would a former FBI agent, who seemingly had all his facilities, have a driver? How did he come up with the stunning conclusion about the murder-suicide, the only other tragic crime that happened...more
Another Gregor Demarkian novel. This series is best read, I believe, in chronological order so that the reader can understand the development of the characters. I have been reading the series for years and always look forward to a new installment. The mysteries are not particularly fast-paced, but the plots are generally well crafted and the characters are enjoyable. I enjoy reading about the Armenian culture also. In Flowering Judas, in a sub-plot, the characters are dealing with the approachin...more
Once I got past the Prologue, I enjoyed the story; but I was more interested in Gregor's family and friends than I was any of the people he met in Mattatuck. The case involves a man who's been missing for twelve years. Gregor is asked to consult when the man turns up hanging from a billboard in Mattatuck. All of the people involved, including the mayor and the chief of police, have their own secrets about their involvement with the dead man. Other deaths occur/have occurred, and Gregor has to de...more
I'm not sure I like the principal character in this series. At the beginning of the book I actually thought he was suffering from dementia because of how he is described and how he seems so dependent on his wife.
This is my first Demarkian novel. Enjoyed it but wouldn't rush out to read one of the many titles in this series. While it takes place in the Northeast, it nevertheless has a very British feel to it. Was surprised to learn Haddam has a strong Greek heritage.

This is a basic who-done-it with only implied violence and no sex. Some creative twists and a rather large cast of characters keeps it interesting. Shame on the publisher for the frequent typos in the text.
Another new series ... I will probably try one more book to see if it's a bit better. This book was OK but it started out slow. The author introduced us to all of the characters involved in the mystery and I can tell you there were very few nice people in the bunch so I never got connected with anyone. This is #26 in the Gregor Demarkian series, so she probably assumed I was already a mad fan of his. Like I say ... I'll try one more.
Sarah Messick-Milone
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Jul 09, 2012 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
This is my first book by Jane Haddam, and therefore my first introduction to this character. I REALLY enjoyed it. I will pursue more works in this series. I enjoy a series that provides background characters to the main protagonist, rather than strickly the mystery storyline. I like the background of this series and want to know more about those people.

The narrator, David Colacci, is wonderful, as usual.
I rediscovered the series and enjoyed the characters.
Darlene Ferland
Jane Haddam has done it again. . . Gregor Demarkian is back with a vengence. The story is based on a twelve year old disappearance in an upstate New York town. Gregor is invited to lend his expertise and, in his unique way, solves the intricate maze of crime. I won't say anything else about the storyline. Anyone who loves the Demarkian series will devour this book.
Alayne Campbell
This is the first book I've read by this author, who has written 25 others featuring Armenian-American detective Gregor Demarkian. While I found the plot kind of dragged, the characters were well-drawn and compelling. The author's insights into Armenian-American and Albanian cultures was intriguing and I might read more of her books for that reason alone.
A Gregor Demarkian mystery. .... “Haddam manages to produce each time a layered, richly peopled, and dryly witty book with a plot of mind-bending complexity.” —Houston Chronicle
Can't say it better, another wonderful story and clever mystery. Bennis has sent Gregor off to solve a decades old mystery while she begins to refurbish the house they've bought.
This very lengthy series has gotten better; the first few books were heavy and wooden. The characters mature, the plots are more interesting, and the writing more literary. No need to start at the beginning, pick this one up for an introduction to Gregor and his neighbors in a small pocket of Philadelphia inhabited by Armenians...
It was a quick read. As always, I find the mystery itself much more intriguing than the endless descriptions of the personal life and cultural background of the protagonist, the Armenian American investigator Gregor Demarkian. The good news is that you can easily skip those parts without missing any vital information about the mystery.
If you don't mind a plot that is improbable to the point of being irritating, this is a well written mystery in what I consider to be the "classic" style (as in before mysteries had to be either cozies or thrillers). Really, other than the plot, this was very well done.
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Aka Orania Papazoglou

Jane Haddam (b. 1951) is an American author of mysteries. Born Orania Papazoglou, she worked as a college professor and magazine editor before publishing her Edgar Award–nominated first novel, Sweet, Savage Death, in 1984. This mystery introduced Patience McKenna, a sleuthing scribe who would go on to appear in four more books, including Wicked, Loving Murder (1985) and Rich,...more
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