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The Hot Pink Farmhouse (Berger and Mitry #2)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  270 ratings  ·  25 reviews
So much for the peace and quiet New York film critic Mitch Berger expected to find in his antique carriage house overlooking Long Island Sound. Nothing can shelter him from the goings-on in nearby Dorset. A violent death in a speeding attempted suicide by the school superintendent...and dirty politics are about to propel Mitch out of the shadows into a starrin ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 17th 2003 by Minotaur Books (first published 2002)
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Enjoyable mystery with two likable lead characters, one a film critic and the other a Connecticut state trooper, a nicely done small town setting, and an interesting mystery that blended land development issues and family secrets.
Any of the Berger & Mitry books are worth reading. The characters are so real that you feel as if you are part of their inner circle.
The Hot Pink Farmhouse is the second book in the Mitch Berger and Des Mitry series. Mitch Berger is a well known film critic for a New York City newspaper.
He recently moved to Big Sister Island near Dorset Connecticut. Des Mitry followed him to Dorset. She gave up a high level job in the state police homicide department in order to pursue her interest in art. She is attending an art school in Dorset but her main occupation is being a local trooper for the area.

I am very happy that I found this s
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Holly Koons
I'm being generous with the 3 stars when really I'd give it more of a 2.5 or 2.75. Let's be honest I just picked up this book because of the cover and the title. I mean, Hot Pink Farmhouse? That should totally be MY house! Anyway, the story was good but it was just so scattered and so many characters that it just didn't keep my attention because I never really felt vested in any of them except maybe Des. The fact that it's taken me so long to read it when normally I can finish a book within a fe ...more
New York film critic Mitch Berger is spending the fall on a private island near a tranquil Connecticut village. Unfortunately the village has now become wracked with conflict between traditionalists and developers. Mitch gets to know Hangtown Frye, a famous and reclusive sculptor who owns a farmhouse painted a bright pink (thus the infelicitous title). Unfortunately the most likeable character in the novel - one of Hangtown’s daughters - is murdered, and both Mitch and resident trooper and forme ...more
Amanda Meggs
Unlike my usual reading habit I have read this series all out of order. Des is a very strong and upright police woman, Mitch always in the right/wrong place at the right time to help solve the mystery. They are nice interesting characters if a little stereotypical, the other characters are the rich and famous locals who aren't very nice generally. The plot had plenty of possibilities as 'bad guy' and I was unsure how it would turn out. Very good, although its becoming rather like the Miss Marple ...more
Feb 21, 2014 J M rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
I love this book .
couldnt put it down . have now ordered others by this author
I like Mitch and Des, individually and as a team. Des is so tough and so fragile at the same time. Mitch is sort of like a big teddy bear to her prickly cactus- it would be nice for him to grow some spikes. They work really well together and they fit nicely into Dorset's weird little scene. There needs to be more Bella, she could really get into some fabulous trouble...

Also, now I really want to know the secret ingredient in Sheila Enman's cookies...
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Another good mystery involving Mitch, movie critic and author, and Des, state trooper, who live in the quiet hamlet of Dorset, Connecticut. This one revolves around the life and death of a famous, reclusive sculptor and his daughters. Looking forward to the next in the series!
The second in this delightful series. Not as awesome as the first book, but still pretty darn great! Mr. Handler has created some of the most unique characters to ever grace the page of a cozy mystery.
I was really hooked and into this book until the final few pages. I felt like the ending was rushed, which took away some of my satisfaction in the story and knocked the book from 4 stars to 3 for me.
I must have missed the "Mystery" portion.

Not a bad book, but I was ready to move on. I was looking forward to some sorta sluething beyond "what bed went 'BUMP' in the night".
Harry Lane
An amusing series with interesting characters and plot twists sufficient to maintain interest. The endings are a bit too neat, but still worth the read.
Didn't like this one as much as the first one in the series. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood.
Jun 22, 2007 Samira rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: see Cold Blue Blood
Shelves: mystery
Very sad. Desiree no longer lives in Woodbridge. Otherwise, a perfectly respectable popular mystery.
Although I have been able to figure out the bad guy early on, I am thoroughly enjoying this series!
Nothing special - just a quick-read mystery that was mildly entertaining over my winter break.
Good character development, not-so-well-developed mystery. More novel than suspense.
Good story. Not high fiction, but good characters and many surprises.
Gretchen Stein
Second book in Berger and Mistry series...good mystery
I just love this series. This is a great book.
Armando Garcia
Another cool, cozy by Mr. Handler.
Fun read - would like to read more by this author!
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