Review by Ryder Islington
This is not your typical police procedural, nor your typical mystery. With two female lead detectives, A Grand Murder introduces The Odd Couple meet Columbo. In this Who’s Sleeping With Whom? tale of murder, Detectives Catherine O’Brien and Louise Montgomery have an abundance of suspects, help from unusual sources, and very few real clues.
But never fear. These two women have a way of getting information out of people like blood out of stones. Wait…that doesn’t work. Which is exactly the problem. Catherine and Louise are good cops. One is neat, the other a slob. One is tall, the other short. One is patient, the other hot-tempered. Fortunately, they are a great team. So when a friend of the Police Chief is murdered on the steps of his fancy mansion, these two detectives get busy.
The victim was a partner in a multi-million dollar business, married to a woman who seems to be a little ditsy. The office assistant is helpful, but strange, showing signs of grief as well as worry. And then another body turns up and the clues are mystifying. But give Catherine a cup of caffeine and Louise a notepad, and the dynamic duo make the rounds, interviewing adulterers and adulterees, swappers and swindlers, and butting heads with the occasional high-powered attorney.
I enjoyed this read. It’s witty and cute, but with real punch. I’d recommend it for the typical cozy reader, as well as for mystery buffs.