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Mausoleum by Justin Scott
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Jan 09, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: male_author, mystery, private_investigator, connecticut, contemporary_post_1945

MAUSOLEUM (Private Invest-Ben Abbott-Connecticut-Cont) – VG
Scott, Justin – 5th in series
Poisoned Pen Press, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9781590584682

First Sentence: It was too gorgeous a summer day to kill someone.

*** Ben Abbott is a realtor and part-time private investigator in a small town Connecticut town celebrating it’s tercentennial. The town’s cemetery has been invaded by a newcomer’s mausoleum, which has come to be nicknamed “McTomb.” During the celebration, the mausoleum’s owner has been found locked inside; dead from three gunshots. Homeland Security Immigration Criminal Enforcement is hunting for an Ecuadorian immigrant, Charlie Cubrero, who was known to have bought a gun after the victim had refused to pay him for work done. Ben doesn’t believe it and, working for the Village Cemetery Association, sets out to protect Charlie and find the true killer.

*** Scott is an author whose work should be much wider known that it is. His characters are wonderful; everyone from proper Great-Aunt Connie, the family matriarch, to Ben’s Chevalley cousins, who are not wealthy and certainly not proper. His sense of place is wonderful right from the first sentence. The puzzle is subtle and clever with an effective sub-story dealing with the effects of modern times on an historic small town. Scott has a wonderful voice that is wry, funny, and poignant. I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by Scott, and this is no exception.
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