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The Marinara Murders (Arthur Beautyman Mysteries Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Erik Hanberg
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Book Description

A grown man living in his mother's basement, disgraced detective Arthur Beautyman knows his life has fallen off a cliff.

But that doesn't mean he has to be happy about his mother's solution to his woes: volunteering him to solve a case for her favorite bridge partner.

The body of a young man who disappeared three years before is discovered drowned in an icy Minnesota late on the day of his father's restaurant grand opening. But he’s only been dead for three days. Where has he been all this time? And what is the connection between his death and the new restaurant?

To get his mother off his back, Beautyman agrees to take the case. That's when he discovers she wants to be his partner on the case as well ...

With a recipe of unique cast of characters and terribly dysfunctional families, The Marinara Murders seamlessly blends comedy and mystery into one very enjoyable read.

Editorial Reviews


"You will not be disappointed." - The Book Diva's Reads.
"In my world, filled with mystery novels, I felt like I hadn't read this one before." - Playing in the Pages.
"Again Erik Hanberg has produced the sort of book it is easy to get into and fly through." - TC Booked Up.

About the Author

Erik Hanberg has been a writer all his life. Novels, screenplays, plays, even a stray poem or two. He lives with his wife Mary and two children in Tacoma, Washington, where he is also an elected official.

Product Details

  • File Size: 789 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Side x Side Publishing (November 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064OOZ6G
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arthur Beautyman Mystery Series-Excellent reading November 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Marinara Murders (Arthur Beautyman Mysteries)
Erik Hanberg
Amazon Digital Services
Kindle Edition
November 2011
Cozy Mystery
5 Stars

In a sequel to the first book in the authors series "The Saints Go Dying" we find Det. Arthur Beautyman feeling a bit disgraced after leaving the force in California living in his mothers basement in Minnesota. So his life took a downhill slide, he has his computer and can be quite happy where he is, or so he thinks. His mother has other plans for him, like doing what he does best, being a detective. When one of his mothers bridge partners Julie Diamond wants to hire him to find out where her grandson had been the past three years. Three years earlier he committed suicide or so everyone thought. His body was never found until the present. And it had just happened. Now for the mystery where has he been for the past 3 years and why did he not contact anyone? How did he happen to wind up dead now? With Beautyman taking the case he has to make his mother a partner to keep her from telling Julie everything he finds out. Now the fun begins .

This was a very enjoyable read and I found very hard to put down when I started. There is more twists and turns through the book with intrigue and suspense to keep the reader very involved. The characters were well rounded and very easy to connect with. I enjoyed Mama. She proves to be pretty good at detective work after all. What started out as an innocent ploy by her son turns her into a crime solving mama. This was one of those books where you did not know the killer or what was going to happen on the next page. Reading this book has made me want to go get the first book now in the series to read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying mystery August 3, 2012
The Marinara Murders is the second mystery featuring Arthur Beautyman, the first, The Saints Go Dying, introduces the LA detective in the midst of a serial killer case.

In The Marinara Murders, Arthur Beautyman is a forty-something, retired detective with impressive hacker skills. Having left the LAPD with a cloud hanging over his head (I'm not clear about the circumstances not having read the first book) he has been holed up in his mother's basement in Minnesota, a virtual recluse, for months. Tired of her son's inertia, his mother deftly manipulates Arthur into agreeing to help Julia by discovering where her grandson, Jake, had been for the three years it was assumed he was dead. As Arthur investigates, he discovers a link between the Diamond family's restaurant, Carat and an Italian diner, owned by Luca Alcamo, Dromio's and when he is attacked he knows he has hit a nerve somewhere.

The plot of The Marinara Murders is cleverly layered, and makes good use of Beautyman's slightly rusty detective skills and his computer hacking ability. Over the course of the novel, Arthur finds himself caught up in complex web of family dysfunction, identity theft and corruption. It isn't Beautyman though that solves this case, surprisingly it is his mother who pieces together the majority of the clues and, in a slightly absurd scene, invites all the suspects, the investigating police detective and the Beautyman's new 'business consultant', for Thanksgiving dinner to reveal the secret of both Jake's whereabouts and identify his murderer.

There is a note from the author at the end of the book that explains Hanberg's inspiration for the plot of this novel which I found very interesting and overall, The Marinara Murders is a solidly enjoyable mystery novel with likeable protagonists.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked it! January 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Marinara Murders. I found myself caring what happened to the characters, especially Arthur Beautyman, who looks like he may find a little redemption, along with plenty of future adventures, in his new calling as a P.I. partner with his mom.

I'm off to read the prequel, "The Saints Go Dying," next.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mama's Boy July 5, 2013
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Just ok. Started out with a good plot. , but had a hard time with a 40-something year old man hanging
with his mother so much. He was a big city cop for years, then is let go.
He moves in Mom's basement and
she encourages him to become a PI...then he takes her on as a partner.
She's in her 60's and has mostly played Bridge for years. No skills, but she invites the suspects to
solve the case. .... Dumb!
What a silly premise. I couldn't finish it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, entertaining book that should be made into a movie February 16, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book! You get a great feel and attachment with the main characters and I look forward to following their detective work in future books. I hope he publishes another spon. There are some great twists and the book seems very current which is nice. I'm going to try his other book, "The Saints go Dying" next. If you want a great read you will really enjoy Marinara Murders.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Light Reading July 15, 2012
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Entertaining reading for when you don't want to really think. Not much of a plot but fun anyway. It was cute.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment! March 24, 2014
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I read the first Arthur Beautyman mystery and liked the introduction of a new character who was both a sharp detective and excellent computer hacker. I looked forward to this book knowing that Beautyman had moved to Minneapolis after his job in LA fell apart. There was so much potential in the premise of this work. Beautyman is a 41 year old guy forced to live in his mother's basement while he gets his life back together. Although he is active on his computers, his mother thinks he needs to get out more and asks him to investigate the disappearance of her bridge partner's grandson. Mother and son form Beautyman and Beautyman Investigations. The interplay between mother and son as they solve mysteries together could have been great, but actually it was terrible.

Mama, who has absolutely no investigative experience, decides that she is as good a detective as her son and instead of working together to solve the mystery, decides to withhold information and compete with him to see who can find the answers first. At this point the book changed from an intriguing mystery to a "cozy" farce. The Nero Wolfe ending was so unbelievable that I swore in frustation.

Erik Hanberg turned a promising new detective protagonist into a creepy, mama's boy basement dweller who was outwitted by his mother. I hope if he decides to continue with this character that Mr. Hanberg gives him back the backbone and deductive skills that made the first novel a pleasure to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex cozy mystery
Another good read in the Arthur Beautyman series. I read the books back to back and while the tone of this one is different from the first, I thought Hanberg was successful in... Read more
Published 13 days ago by MysteryLover35
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I got the first one I the series free and liked it so much I bought this one.
Published 4 months ago by Laura P
4.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed this author's plots and personalities.
I would give this five stars but there was some unmarried sex. The main character is believable and sincere. I like him.
Published 5 months ago by celinda
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Thanksgiving?
Loved the relationship between mother Ruth and son Arthur. To keep the all the characters in this story straight I needed paper and pencil. Read more
Published 5 months ago by TC
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
The mother character was ridiculous. Hanberg really messes up follow up to The Saints.
Published 5 months ago by James A. Halbig
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I liked it. Wasn`t gory or hard to follow. A nice read !!!
Published 6 months ago by Florence Bellew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good suspense and easy reading.
Published 7 months ago by Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Something different and fun to read. Am looking for more novels by
this author. Was a very pleasant surprise
Published 7 months ago by Marge
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Sort of ordinary...corners cut in plot when he needed to get further along. Missing info. Ordinary, but readable hence the three stars instead of two. Just OK.
Published 7 months ago by L. J. Gagnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Arthur's mom is really good
When we last with Arthur Beautymann, he had moved in with his mom. Now six months later, mom is tired of Arthur spending all his time in the basement. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marianne M. Popp
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More About the Author

Erik Hanberg has been a writer all his life. Novels, screenplays, plays, even a stray poem or two. He lives in Tacoma, Washington, with his wife Mary and two children. In addition to writing novels, he was elected in 2011 as a park commissioner on the park board of Tacoma.

His most recent novel, The Lead Cloak, is now available on Kindle and in paperback.

Arthur Beautyman Mysteries

The Saints Go Dying (2010), The Marinara Murders (2011), and The Con Before Christmas (2012) are about Arthur Beautyman, a computer hacker turned detective. All three books can be easily enjoyed as stand-alone mysteries.

Helping Small (and Very Small) Nonprofits

Based on his years of nonprofit fundraising and leadership, Hanberg published The Little Book of Gold, a fundraising guide for small (and very small) nonprofits.

When he was just 23, Erik Hanberg was hired to run a non-profit arts organization with an annual budget just over $600,000. Two years later, he had increased the budget to $800,000, and increasing fundraising more than 400%.

Since then he has worked in development at multi-million dollar non-profit, and has volunteered on many boards.

He was most recently the Executive Director of a small civic non-profit and currently sits on the distribution committee for a foundation that gives away more than $200,000 a year.

In 2013 he published The Little Book of Likes, a social media guide for small and (and very small) nonprofits based on his social media and marketing experience for nonprofits, small businesses, and his own election to public office in 2011.

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