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Two in the Churchyard Lie (Five Star First Edition Mystery) Hardcover – October 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star First Edition Mystery
  • Hardcover: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594145997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594145995
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,631,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Florida PI Harry Brock's new case makes him deal with family issues on many levels. When rescue workers haul a Chevy Malibu out of the Luther Faubus Canal, they find a skeleton wearing a Miami Dolphins cap. The bones belong to John Bunny Roberts, the second member of his family to die in suspicious circumstances. When John's sister, Martha, defies the family by asking Harry to investigate John's death, there is trouble for everyone. A large truck runs Harry off the road, and the Roberts family harasses Martha into a nervous breakdown. In addition, Harry must help his friend Tucker, an elderly farmer, who has discovered a colony of endangered butterflies on land that developers would like to obtain. Still more personally, he must deal with the fact that his girlfriend is seeing someone else, and he is estranged from his children. Roby turns the conventions of the hard-boiled genre on their heels as Harry's tough-guy persona comes face-to-face with the mess and muddle of human relationships. A lesser-known but very satisfying series set in South Florida's hotbed of crime fiction. Bibel, Barbara

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Kinley Roby was born in Westbrook, Maine, and grew up there and in Lovell, Maine, a tiny town then and now, close to the lovely Lake Kezar. The town was supported by farming and lumber mills. After working in the woods and in the mills for a time, he left for college and then taught English in Maine secondary schools for 16 years before returning to school and completing a Ph.D. degree in English. He next taught at Northeastern University in Boston for several years, publishing and editing. He ventured into fiction with the Harry Brock mysteries series, with nine books published and the tenth to be issued in 2015. Recently he has published RISKING ENCHANTMENT, a family/romance novel with Amazon/Kindle and expects to follow soon with A LESSER EVIL, another novel. His focus in his academic writing and editing was on biographies of writers and how their writing affected their lives. His THE KING,THE PRESS AND THE PEOPLE, a life of King Edward the VII, explores the ways in which the periodicals and newspapers of his day helped to shape the character of the man as well as the ways the English people came to see him. Roby feels that reading and writing help us to connect our heads and our hearts and to understand more fully our world and our place in it.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The car was pulled out of the nearby canal contained the corpse of retarded John "Bunny" Roberts. The police including his brother assume Bunny committed suicide rather than face jail time for his role in a robbery. His sister Martha refuses to accept her happy sibling killed himself so she hires private investigator Harry Brock to conduct an inquiry although he explains the case is four years old, so cold and the probability is Bunny killed himself.

As he interviews family members and meets Bunny's still grieving fiancée Harry begins to believe a homicide was committed, but has no clue or motive. At the same time he gets involved with his neighbor's campaign to protect unique butterflies from development encroachment and his involvement with Helen Bradley turns into a triangle when her former lover Riga Kraftmeier comes to rekindle what they lost.

The latest Harry Brock private investigative tale (see NOW COMES DEATH) is a fascinating dysfunctional relationship drama. Not only is Harry struggling with the omissions of his client, but with getting her insane family members to cooperate. On the personal front, he finds himself caught in a romantic triangle in which he knows his rival is better for their mutual person of affection even though his opponent is a female. Although the three subplots at times seems too much between how Bunny died; saving the butterflies; and romancing Helen, Harry shoulders them all leading to a fine mystery.

Harriet Klausner
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