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The Blood Red Indian Summer (Berger and Mitry #8)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  242 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
This newest mystery featuring Mitch Berger and Connecticut State Trooper Des Mitry presents Des with her first genuine racially charged case in the historic New England village of Dorset, the gem of Connecticut's Gold Coast.

Tyrone "Da Beast" Grantham, the famously volatile NFL superstar linebacker, has just been suspended for "conduct detrimental to the integrity of and pu
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Minotaur Books
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Very, very late in this book we are about to unmask the bad guy. All the major players are in a room together including our intrepid Trooper Des Mitry and her helpful boyfriend, movie critic Mitch Berger.

A witness, an old man, has spoken up and fingered one person in particular in the room particular for the bad deed. The suspect takes exception:

"That old man has Alzheimer's!"

"Frontotemporal dementia actually," Mitch said.

"Are you taking his word over mine?"

"I can't speak for the others," Mitch
Resident trooper Des Mitry is getting complaints about a new family in rustic Dorset. Da Beast, Tyrone Grantham, is a suspended NFL player whose persona is tough, not genteel. Papparazzi follow him around and clog the winding streets. And, of course, he, like Des, is African-American. When his sister-in-law is found almost dead, she won't tell the police what happened to her. But everyone suspects that Tyrone's recent efforts to reform have not been successful. Des's significant other, movie cri ...more
Jan 16, 2015 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 8th installment of the Berger and Mitry series. As stated in prior reviews of Mr. Handler's books I am a native of Old Lyme, CT (the fictional town of Dorset) and the landmarks and buildings were easily identifiable.

In this book we find Mitch and Des dealing with the impending meeting of their parents for the first time. Both are extremely on edge due to Des being black and Mitch being a Jewish widower. We've gotten to know Des' father throughout the series as he is the Superintenden
Thomas Bruso
Jul 15, 2014 Thomas Bruso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Handler's THE BLOOD RED INDIAN SUMMER has a reminiscent air of the eighties and nineties TV show, Murder She Wrote. Homey, small town seaside town. Quirky denizens. Mystery and murder galore. Gritty and darker than Jessica Fletcher's Cabot Cove, but entertaining and lively nonetheless.

This was my first read by Handler, and after finishing this page-turner, I can honestly say it will not be my last. The characters, especially Mitch and Mitry, are endearing characters and people I'd like to
Sharon Weitendorf
I would say that this was a "middle of the road" book, in my opinion, as far as mysteries go. This book does have some elements that I didn't think were important until later on when everything was all wrapped up. I also feel that it does touch on the sensitive subject of rape, so it's definitely an adult mystery. I really enjoyed the relationship of the two main character, Des and Mitchell. Even their relationship had some suspense to it. There always seemed to be something or someone interrupt ...more
Sharon Redfern
Feb 02, 2012 Sharon Redfern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. I enjoy that it takes place in Connecticut and I can visualize the places that are mentioned. I enjoy the little digs that the author makes about the power structure of the Connecticut State Police and about the moneyed life of the residents of the fictional town of Dorset. This book, which is the eighth in the series, continues the story of Mitch Berger and Des Mitry. The opening chapter starts the book off with an emotional situation and outcome that gets your attention imm ...more
Chi Dubinski
Jan 19, 2015 Chi Dubinski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tyrone “Da Beast” Grantham, football superstar with a notoriously volatile temper, has just bought a house in the old money town of Dorset, Connecticut. The neighbors appeal to African-American state trooper Desiree Mitry to have “a talk” with their neighbor. But Da Beast has done nothing wrong, until his sister-in-law washes up on the beach, after nearly drowning. While Des investigates, she can keep her mind off the impending visit from Florida of her honey’s parents. What could possibly go wr ...more
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I love this series and respect the author for the way he protrays a black woman, He does so with respect, making her into a strong individual. The relationship between her and Mitch is anazing. There is one action of Dez. that almost makes me hate her, almost.
The mysteries are well thought out and the outcome for each is one I could have never guessed.
Nov 26, 2011 Viccy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Another great entry in the Mitry/Berger series. It's time for the parents to meet. Mitch's folks return from Florida to meet Des and Des' dad, The Deacon, is staying at Des' house while recovering from heart surgery and they plan dinner for everyone. Of course, it's interrupted by a murder. Des is the Resident State Trooper for the Dorset, Connecticut area. The family and hangers-on of Tyrone Grantham are staying in Dorset while he serves an NFL suspension. Da Beast is persona non grata; his wif ...more
Jun 25, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Read this in four hours, forgot how much I love these mysteries. Very intense subject matter, some of it was hard to read, but the plot and characters were terrific. Love the detective duo of Mitry and Berger, love their relationship and how they interact with the community.
Apr 03, 2014 J M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the progression of the relationship between Des and Mitch and enjoy the way Handler writes the mystery.. and can see the whole thing open befor my very eye , in my mind.
Nancy H
May 23, 2015 Nancy H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the Berger and Mitry series, and this book is no exceptional. Good plot, good characters, and a good setting make for a good read!
Jun 03, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Sped through this one in a few hours. I enjoyed meeting Mitch's parents and seeing another side of the Deacon.
Gretchen Stein
Mar 11, 2014 Gretchen Stein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is one of the best in the series - young girl tries to drown herself to get away from sexual abuse
Dec 16, 2015 Mare rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book in the series.
Sep 20, 2016 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pat Garcia
Aug 05, 2016 Pat Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It is brutal in some ways but it brings out a stigma that exist in families that most people try to keep hidden. Berger and Mitry's love affair is also blooming. This is also a series that I have started reviewing on my book review blogs. I have written only three of the reviews because I got upset with the breakup between the two main protagonists. However, I have read the whole series and was extremely happy when they got back together in book six. A great read.
Sue Wargo
Nov 22, 2011 Sue Wargo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This is book two in our latest mystery blog quest of reading mysteries set in a particular state. ( As I live in CT, I thought this a great choice and it lived up to my expectations. I admit I jumped into the series right in the middle, but I was able to follow the plot and character interactions with ease. I look forward to backtracking and reading the earlier novel that set these two characters on their path.
Amanda Meggs
Sep 10, 2013 Amanda Meggs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, berger-mitry
My favourite book in the series so far. I hope there's another one. Des and Mitch's parents meet for the first time, also their first time meeting Des.

This one follows a bad boy NFL player who has moved to the area with his new family to improve his reputation with a more sedate lifestyle. Unfortunately, and not surprisingly it isn't quieter and ends in murder and mayhem. A very well written story, with thought out characters.
Jan 02, 2013 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the others in this series... felt like it suffered from a lack of editing, maybe? I find it a bit peculiar when a small-town policewoman arrives on the scene and every single person in a house full of strangers starts babbling at great length to her about their private lives.
E Goldberg
Must remember to skip any more of this series. The earlier books were predicated on an interesting premise and were enjoyable reads. The author/editors must be out of ideas now or maybe just plain tired out. This one cements the tend to more of an urban porn plot line. Bleh. Who needs THAT!
Oct 29, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of david handler for years and was devastated when he stopped writing the hoagy series but i do love ( as much ) this series with mitch and des ..... Funny , sharp and real .... Write faster david :)
Nov 09, 2011 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series. Both of the characters seem like real people. The crimes solved are solved realistically too. This is the eighth in the series and need to be read in order.
William Beauvais
a charming read in a great series. we are introduces to mitch's parents who are such interesting characters they threaten to take over whenever they are around.
Linda Strickland

Have not read David Handler books in years since the first one came out, went back and downloaded 3 of the Des series, loved this book!!!!!!!
Aug 11, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable summer mystery from the Berger and Mitry series. While the ending wasn't a complete surprise, it was still a nice way to chill for a few hours.
Dec 26, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this read. It's quite fun, but a little bloody.
Feb 02, 2013 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
It was an okay book, I have another one in the series. I'll read it but don't think I will be buying or getting more.
Debra Crosby
Feb 03, 2013 Debra Crosby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
This book started off in one direction and had so many twists and turns I didn't know who was guilty person!
Dec 30, 2011 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mitch's parents are my new favorite literary parents, hee hee hee...
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David Handler, who began his career in New York as a journalist, was born and raised in Los Angeles and published two highly acclaimed novels about growing up there, Kiddo and Boss, before resorting to a life of crime fiction.

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