- Series: Berger and Mitry Mysteries (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1 edition (October 19, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312280033
- ISBN-13: 978-0312280031
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,674,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cold Blue Blood: A Berger and Mitry Mystery (Berger and Mitry Mysteries) Hardcover – October 19, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
In this first of a new series, Edgar Award winner Handler (The Man Who Loved Women to Death) weaves a complex web of mass murder and romance set on a private island off Connecticut's gold coast. Thirty years after a notorious rape and murder/suicide, blood flows anew on Big Sister isle, where New York film critic Mitch Berger rents a cottage hoping to escape the big city following his wife's death from cancer. His landlady, Dolly Peck Seymour, lives a troubled existence after losing two husbands, the second of whom Mitch discovers buried in her garden. Scandals past and present erupt in this social enclave with all the expected character types: "bluebloods" of the awkward title; effete snobs; a bitter, drunken redneck handyman; a tough local cop; and two gays living in the island's lighthouse. Black police detective Desiree Mitry, who leads the investigation, proves an intriguing heroine, with a fondness for stray cats and a gift for drawing, although her subjects are exclusively grisly crime scenes. By enlisting Berger's help, Mitry gains both an observant friend and a potential lover. An overnight trip Mitch makes to his grimy New York pad gives us a feeling of the hot city in summer, and we're as glad as he is to get back to the island, with its cooling breezes, despite its being under siege from the tabloid press. Handler has created an engaging odd couple, whose further adventures promise to win the same strong following as his Stewart Hoag series.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Film critic/author Mitch Berger rents an old carriage house on a small island near Dorset, CT. Among the blue-blooded few who live there are his landlord, a somewhat ditsy woman whose second husband deserted her for a younger woman; the woman's stuffy brother and wife; and her gay son and his much-older lover. When Mitch discovers the corpse of the supposedly decamped husband, local police call in tall, black, and cool Lt. Desiree "Des" Mitry, who, with a little help from Mitch, solves the case. Film references, unique characterizations, and focused prose bode well for this new series by the author of the Stewart Hoag mysteries (The Man Who Loved Women to Death).
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Surprisingly, Mitch finds the town charming and even rents a home from Dolly Seymour on exclusive Big Sister as he sees this as an opportunity to start over again. However, his need for a new type of tranquillity is disturbed when he finds a corpse in his garden. Police Lieutenant Desiree Mitry of the State Major Crimes Squad leads the official investigation even as Mitch makes his own brand of inquiries. As they run into one another, Mitch and Desiree form an attraction, but he feels guilty and she hurts from the abandonment of her first spouse, making it obvious that once the case is solved the relationship is over or is it?
Renowned for his Hoag novels, David Handler begins a new series starring two attractive and complex individuals. A die hard New Yorker, Mitch remains in mourning until he arrives at Big Sister while Dolly is a beautiful Amazonian African-American who mistrusts males except if they are cats. Thrown together in an interesting police-procedural-amateur sleuth who-done-it, they form the basis for a wonderful opening novel.