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Product Details

  • Series: Berger and Mitry Mysteries (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Thus edition (October 13, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312986106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312986100
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"The beginning of what looks to be a swell series."--Susan Isaacs

"A true delight. Chock-full of wry observations and propelled by a compelling plot."--Jeffery Deaver, author of The Blue Nowhere and The Empty Chair

"Handler has created an engaging odd couple, whose further adventures promise to win the same strong following as his Stewart Hoag series."--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

David Handler, author of the Steward Hoag mystery series, won an Edgar Award for The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald and was nominated for an Anthony Award for The Man Who Died Laughing. He also co-wrote the thriller Gideon under a pen name. He lives in Connecticut.

More About the Author

These days, I live in a 200-year-old carriage house in a quaint, ultra-WASPY little historic New England village. Not surprisingly, I've taken to writing a series of nine (and counting) retro-cozy murder mysteries set in a quaint, ultra-WASPY little historic New England village. I call it Dorset. It's a place where everyone knows everything about everyone ' or at least they think they do. Trust me, they don't. Dorset is a place full of secrets, many of them deadly. That's where my deliciously mismatched heroes come in, both of them strangers in a very strange land. Mitch Berger, a pudgy Jewish widower, is the lead film critic for the most prestigious and therefore lowest paying of New York's three daily newspapers. Desiree Mitry is an alluring beautiful Connecticut State Trooper who happens to be black, a gifted artist and strangely drawn to Mitch. Under normal circumstances, these are two people whose paths would never cross. But absolutely nothing about Dorset is normal.

I started the series in 2001 with "The Cold Blue Blood," which was nominated for a Dilys Award. I'm happy to report that my eighth Berger-Mitry, "The Blood Red Indian Summer," made the bestseller lists in 2011. My newest, "The Snow White Christmas Cookie," will be published in October of 2012. You absolutely don't have to read the Berger-Mitry books in order, but you'll find it a kick to follow the unfolding romance if you do. Personally, I've found them to be a real treat. I get a chance to dissect the village and the people where I actually live. Absolutely everyone in town reads them. And I have fun bringing my own subversive contemporary edge to the classic old-school village murder mystery. The books feel real fresh to me. I hope you like them.

The Berger-Mitrys are my second crime series. My first foray, which you may remember, featured the dapper celebrity ghostwriter Stewart 'Hoagy' Hoag and his faithful, neurotic basset hound Lulu. I wrote eight novels about Hoagy, a fallen literary wunderkind turned pen for hire who travels the underbelly of show business helping famous stars tell their life stories, secrets and all. Generally, there are plenty of people who wanted those secrets to stay safely buried. Generally, our jaded hero knows how to dig them out. My first Hoagy, "The Man Who Died Laughing," was nominated for an Anthony Award. My best known in the series, "The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald," won an Edgar and an American Mystery Award. Thanks to the good folks at Mysteriouspress.com and Open Road Media all eight of my Hoagy novels are now available on Kindle. Check 'em out. You'll never find another wise-cracking hero quite like Hoagy.

I'm happy to report that I'll be launching yet another series in the summer of 2013 featuring the feisty 137-pound New York City private eye Benji Golden. Benji specializes in finding missing teenagers. The first novel in the series is called "Runaway Man." I'm really excited about it.

Do you like political thrillers? If so, I took some time off between series a few years back to co-author an international bestselling page-turner called Gideon under the name Russell Andrews. I promise you it'll knock your socks off.

I've also taken the time to write some short fiction. Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine has published several of my short stories since 2001. Two have been included in anthologies ' Opening Shots Volume Two , edited by Lawrence Block, and A Hot and Sultry Night for Crime , edited by Jeffrey Deaver.

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Customer Reviews

I look forward to reading the series.
Lynn T.
David Handler triumphed with his Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag mystery series, each novel more excellent than the one before.
Miss Ivonne
The main characters are extremely likable and the story lines interesting.
Dr. Whiz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Regina Hilburn on April 4, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What makes this mystery so enjoyable is not so much the plot (which is good, but perhaps a trifle far-fetched) as the characters & their interrelationships, particularly Mitch & Des. I love the way both of them are presented as less than perfect, & having their wounds from the past. When this detailing is combined with smart & sassy dialogue similar to that of a '30s romantic comedy, a seemingly illogical couple becomes completely convincing, & highly endearing. Kudos to Handler for a great series setup!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Love2Review on July 1, 2003
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I usually don't read mysteries, but this one I liked. It wasn't too serious, but fun. I love the fact that it's an interracial romance and even though the mystery part is good, the romance developing bt. Des and Mitch is what draws you in. Mitch is open with himself and others while Des is afraid to do so. Mitch teaches Des about love and life. They help each other. I also loved the other characters in the book who were crazy in both good and bad ways. I can't wait to read other books in the series and hopes this series last a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By babs on November 23, 2002
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I loved this book. It has everything I like in a mystery: good story, great setting (Connecticut's gold coast), 2 very witty, personable and unique main characters with lots of imperfections, and easy-flowing writing. I look forward to more in the series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathy G. Cole TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 29, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The two main characters: Mitch Berger, New York film critic and reclusive curmudgeon; and Lieutenant Desiree Mitry of the Connecticut State Police, six-foot-one, long dreadlocks, legs up to there, and a rescuer of feral cats.

Hooked yet?

I was, but I was also in for a shock. For some reason when the term "curmudgeon" is used to describe someone, I automatically think of that person as being over fifty years of age. Mitch Berger is barely in his thirties, and has been thrown for a loop by the death of his beloved wife. He's lived and breathed movies his entire life, and being a film critic is the perfect job for him:

"I discovered that I come alive in the dark," he said. "Not so much like a vampire but more like an exotic form of fungus. A darkened movie theater is my natural habitat."

Enough time has passed after his wife's death that Mitch begins to feel a need for a change of scenery, someplace where he can work on his latest book. He finds a place on Connecticut's Gold Coast:

"Because this was no ordinary outbuilding. It was a genuine antique post-and-beam carriage house with exposed beams of hand-hewn chestnut. The room, which was a good-sized one, had a big fieldstone fireplace at one end, wide-boarded oak floors and floor-to-ceiling windows that afforded a totally unobstructed view of the water in three different directions. It was a bit like being on the bridge of a ship at sea."

Although Mitch had just thought of staying at a B&B for a couple of weeks, after seeing this carriage house, he couldn't help himself and rented it immediately from its blue-blooded Yankee owner. Mitch moves in, the sea air begins working its magic on him, he decides to put in a garden...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Crow on August 27, 2003
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a long-time lover of nero wolfe mysteries, i've been looking for something with the same qualities, where people and place are expressed with intelligent and quirky detail, humor and sympathy, and the story rolls along suspensefully, with no easy place to put the book down. i think i've found the replacement, and just wish david handler would keep them coming a bit faster.
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By Lina on June 16, 2014
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Good story, excellent local references, perfect shoreline ambiance, great movie references and nice set up for romantic relationship to be continued. I'd recommend reading this one before the other Berger and Mitry mysteries.
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By Shirley Soellner on September 20, 2013
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David Handler writes a great mystery story - lots of twists and turns, with minimal violence and lots of suspense. Great fascinating read!
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The Cold Blue Blood is the 1st book in the Berger and Mitry series. Mitch Berger is a New York City film critic. After the death of his wife, he has become a recluse. He is given an assignment to go to a small town in Connecticut. Impulsively he rents a carriage house while there on Big Sister Island. His life totally turns around from this decision.

The book starts out fast with a murder in the prologue. There are more to follow. There are also mysteries from the past. The residents of Big Sister Island are old money and most resent a newcomer in their midst. Lieutenant Des Mitry is in charge of the case. There is chemistry between Des and Mitch. Des rescues feral cats and she finds homes for them with people she meets while on the job. The people who are gifted the cats did not ask for them. She also is an artist who sketches before she starts out her day.

There is much to like about this book. One is the location and Mitch's new home. The story/mystery contained mysteries and relationships from the past. The main characters Mitch and Des were different and quite likable. It was interesting watching their relationship progress. Enjoyed the antics and adventures of Des and Bella when they went on cat rescue missions. It was a good enjoyable read. One could see the set up for the next book in the series which is The Hot Pink Farmhouse. I look forward to reading the series.
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