Monday, July 21, 2008
Dennis Palumbo's From Crime to Crime: ~ Reviewed
From Crime to Crime: Mind-Boggling Tales of Mystery and Murder
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Tallfellow Press (April 30, 2008)
Match wits with the Smart Guys Marching Society - a lawyer, an actor, a journalist and a psychotherapist - who use their diverse talents to solve the most baffling mysteries. And with the help of old-timer Isaac, they do just that! Also includes several stand-alone tales that will challenge your crime-solving skills and pique your powers of perception.
I'm embarrassed to admit that though there are several mini-whodunits squeezed into this entertaining book, I guessed a total of nada. Lest you think I have no business reading mysteries, I did pick up a few clues and managed one or two close calls. But, alas, I'm no Isaac.
The Smart Guys Marching Society is a testosterone, food and brewskis fueled meeting of the minds that nets hints, strange facts and surprising results as well as a lot of fun. I know these guys, and you will likely, too, if you spend any time hanging out with groups of men. If you merged the essence and personalities of Psych, Monk, The Office and The Big Chill together with Agatha Christie and Watson, you might be able to get a feel for the Marching Society get togethers.
A smattering of bonus stories introduce other characters, but hands down, The Smart Guys Marching Society wins my vote as a charming, snarky, good time. I appreciated the blend of several stories, the book was easy to read and gave my mind plenty of details to sort out...fruitlessly in my case... but still entertaining. I'm looking forward to more stories by Dennis Palumbo.
Sensitivity warning...adult language and some locker-room type humor pepper the book. There is little violence so unless you are very sensitive, it's safe to read after dark.
Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer