Another review from Ellen today, this time for The Flower Girl Murder by Keith Hirshland!
About the book:
Daisy Burns was a likable, devoted wife and mother who spent her spare time volunteering at school events. Everyone loved Daisy. So why would someone shoot her three times and dump her body behind a Planned Parenthood chapter in North Carolina?
The Flower Girl Murder by Keith Hirshland
Having read Big Flies by Keith Hirshland I was looking forward to reading The Flower Girl Murder.
Daisy Burns (the flower girl of the title) was a likable, devoted wife and mother who spent her spare time volunteering at school events – why would someone shoot her three times and dump her body behind a Planned Parenthood chapter in North Carolina? With no witnesses and few leads, Raleigh detective Marc Allen turns to the press for help—specifically, veteran news anchor Lancaster Heart. When Tanner Goochly Jr. a member of a notorious crime family becomes the victim of another point-blank shooting, Allen races to discover the connection between the murders. Could it be that Daisy was somehow involved with an illegal enterprise, or was she hiding something else, another secret to be discovered? As the body count rises the suspect pool is widening. As Allen’s investigation reaches a fever pitch, he realizes that a mother’s choice could have killer consequences.
This is so much more than a story about a murder, it’s about the sleepy town of Raleigh where the murder takes place and how its inhabitants come to terms with the repercussions of the event. Everyone in Raleigh seems to hold a piece of the puzzle and it is up to Marc and Lancaster to make the pieces fit.
I really like the character of Lancaster Heart, an all-round good guy; the addition of his story and engagement to his long term partner Brodie really add some depth and heart to the tale. I also enjoyed the cheeky promotion of Big Flies which happens to be the book Lancaster is reading on a plane journey.
An enjoyable read.
Big Flies by Keith Hirshland~ Ellen’s Review
*Many thanks to the author for the review copy*
About the book:
After Chester Daniel David, highly celebrated travel writer and hospitality critic, dies in an automobile accident, his son, Leland, is the heir to his prosperous estate. Among the late writer’s possessions are stacks of magazines hidden in an attic that suggest that his stories about his world travels were less than authentic.
As Leland grew up, it seemed as if his father was never home. If he wasn’t at the exotic locations depicted in the various publications, then where was he? And what was he doing?
In a witty mystery that simultaneously follows the lives of the father and son, clues that Chester leaves behind point to notorious unsolved crimes committed within a fifteen-year span:
- The D. B. Cooper plane skyjacking and ransom demand in the Pacific Northwest
- The theft from a Caribbean museum of a twenty-four-carat-gold cross recovered from a sixteenth-century shipwreck
- The inexplicable vanishing of $1 million from the Chicago First National Bank
- The theft of a collection of priceless artifacts from a Mexican anthropological museum
As Leland unlocks the mysteries surrounding his father’s true life, he finds himself with even more unfathomable questions that he never anticipated asking about his family—and himself.
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“Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.”
One of the most original books that I have read this year – I enjoyed how the stories of Leland and his father Chester were told in tandem. A chapter from Leland in These Days discovering his father wasn’t the travel writer he had always been told and then a chapter from Chester in Those Days revealing his true activities.
I was intrigued and entertained throughout although there was one point in the story where I got a little confused and had to go back to re-read as it seemed a bit “Bobby Ewing”.
Chester was my favourite character in Big Flies; his story of heists and derring do really appealed to me. The weaving of real life mysteries onto the narrative really added to the story and left me wanting to know more. I can’t leave this review without mentioning another favourite – Harriet Potter, Leland’s two-year-old Bernese mountain dog. I just loved her!