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Publisher's Note:

An elderly woman is found poisoned in the upstairs bedroom of her home whose front door stands 52 steps above the street in an old-fashioned whodunit that blends clues, red herrings, suspects, and humor.…

Overall Book Review:

This story is narrated by two detectives who are middle-aged and a bit portly.  With a comical sense of humor, they are on the trail of an overconfident killer.  Chocolate-loving and quite content with their bachelorhood, basically, it’s Dragnet meets the Odd Couple with a Christian bent.  

The author, Steve Demaree, does a fantastic job developing his characters.  The detectives are likable and pretty easy to relate to since they both love chocolate and kicking back after a long day.  They often make fun of themselves for being overweight and their dislike for exercise.  Eating is a hobby.  Dedication to their job, their faith, & their friendship comes across loud and clear.  His other characters are also well-established and by the end of the book, the reader kind of feels like they’re part of the patrol watching the neighborhood from an outsider’s view point.

With a lot of action, at 221 pages, this book is packed.  The story isn’t just about the crime but the process of how it was planned and carried out.  Red herrings and plot twists make this “who done it” novel fun and easy to devour.  At times, the comedy sprinkled throughout the story left me laughing out loud.  The author has written 19 novels and there are 12 in this Dekker Cozy Mystery series.  It appears to be a book published only to e-books but available on multiple venues.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Murder; previous account of an elderly woman who fell down stairs, broken bones & bruises; previous account of wife who died of cancer; creepy neighbors; creepy houses; character murdered; 2 men acquire several bumps and bruises throughout the book, non-life threatening, no blood.

Sex/Nudity: None

Mature Subject Matter:

Cancer, murder, adult with mental disability, assisted suicide, ethics, death of parents.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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Reading a good adventure story has always been a vacation in the theater of my mind. When I’m stressed or just need to get away for a few minutes, I love the opportunity to climb into somebody else’s world. I didn’t enjoy reading until I was in the Air Force and building bombs in Korea; it was a wonderful distraction from the real world. (I tried bull riding, but it wasn’t exciting enough.)