by Ed McBain
Started: Jan. 25
Finished: Jan. 28
Notes: I've a stack of 87th Precinct novels, and they're not going to read themselves. From reading the back copy, this looks as if it's going to be one of those 87th novels in which the detectives are hit with many unrelated crimes at once. I've read at least a couple of other 87th books along those lines, and they always bring various resolutions to the different crimes and criminals. As always, looking forward to it.
Mini review: This one wasn't quite as convoluted as I had expected it to be, though there were still three or four crimes needing solved. There was a mystery involving a strangled nun who had once been a rock musician, a burglar who left behind plates of cookies for his victims, a killer out to slay a cop before the cop found him, and plenty of other odds and ends. As sometimes happens, this one ended on quite the personal note, especially for Detective Steve Carella. As an added surprise, Matthew Hope, McBain's lawyer character from another series, made a cameo appearance. I love these books.