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Murder Can Be Funny
on July 2, 2011
Poor ol' Jake Russo can't buy break. Formerly obese, he slimmed down during his Sarasota assignment and met a gal. So, what does the Times do? They send him to New Orleans to be a food critic of all things.
Fortunately for the reader, they've also assigned his geriatric sidekick Gary to go along as Jake's photographer. Gary's also blogging about food these days and (hilariously) has become something of a internet sensation.
Of course, it's not long before a famous chef is murdered. The cops call it an accident, but Jake and Gary don't buy it.
The Jake Russo books are a tad old fashioned in their approach to the murder mystery and the reader may well puzzle out the ending long before our heroes do, but the relationship between Jake and Gary keeps it very fresh. Gary's propensity for saying exactly the wrong thing, combined with Jake's native insecurities (especially where it comes to the dames) make for very entertaining reading.
If you're in the mood for some (very) light reading and enjoy a few laughs along with your murder, then DEATH BY GUMBO is for you.