Crum Creek Press / The Mystery Company
Carlson has put it all together wonderfully ... terrific characters, funny incidents, genuine suspense, and an absolutely right sense of period and place. If comparisons were in order, we’d say Maggie and Nick are as memorable a sleuthing team as Nick and Nora Charles or Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane – but there’s no need to make comparisons. The series stands quite admirably on its own.
As the moody hero suspected, the answer to the mystery is a sad one, but worth the pursuit for the existential lesson he takes from it — to keep searching for the tiny bits of mental order that keep at bay that ‘archenemy’ of the thinking man, ‘the idea that the universe is godless and capricious, without pattern or meaning.’ No guns, no gore, but plenty of intellectual guts.
A wonderful blend of numerous, superbly developed — and often eccentric — characters; wry, politically incorrect humor; surprises and suspense, spiced with some of West Virginia’s legendary skulduggery-encrusted politics.
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