A Grand Murder
by Stacy Verdick Case
Publisher: Before the Fall Books
Released: August 9th 2011
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Mystery
How I got it: from the author via Partners In Crime Book Tours
A Grand Murder is the first book in the Catherine O'Brien mystery series.When a prominent local businessman and friend of the chief of police is murdered on the front steps of his posh Grand Avenue Hill home, Saint Paul homicide detective Catherine O'Brien a pithy, vertically challenged, St. Paul, Minnesota, homicide detective with a monstrous coffee habit and her partner Louise are given two days to find his killer.They soon discover their victim had a list of people with motives to murder him, including his fashion designer ex-wife, his mistress's husband, and the chief of police. The only evidence they have to go on is a missing cell phone, a stolen book, the victim's letter opener, and an ugly pair of Alpaca wool mittens.
Review: This was a decent read. The plot moved forward at a good pace.Cathrine and Louise were good characters. Although I liked Louise better than Cathrine, which is a little disappointing because Cathrine is the main character. I just found Louise more likeable. Cathrine was so tough and hardened so when it came to the scenes where she was supposed to come off compassionate or upset it felt weird. I guess the author was trying to show a different side of her, but it just didn't work for me. I did like that Ms Case showed aspects of the case effecting Cathrine, which made Cathrine seem real in a way.
The murder aspect reminded me of a crime drama more than a thriller. To be frank it was basic, the murder was run of the mill, as far a mysteries go. I did like that it was more real, as in the procedural and actual police work. The whole thing was good, I mean it kept me entertained, and I did keep reading to figure out the murder. But the problem was because the story work well as "real" and the end, I felt, came off as over the top. So in conclusion a good story but I probably won't be reading it again.