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The Mystery Man Murders: First book in the series titled Grimoire - the Bros Grim Breakfast Serial - a story in pieces Paperback – December 8, 2011
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Jon Rieley-Goddard lives and works in Buffalo, New York, with his wife, Cathy, and their three cats, Chica, Bella, and Slava. He is a writer, photographer, and minister. Before embracing the call of the Word, he was man of many words -- a copy editor on daily newspapers. The Mystery Man Murders is his first novel.
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Rieley-Goddard's style is so distinctive as almost to defy description. Dialog, riff, reflection, and page after page of clever, clever writing in the service of a fascinating story make the book virtually un-put-downable. I interrupted a New York Times bestseller to start this novel while on a three-month sabbatical in New Mexico and reading it voraciously was all I did for two full days. The story follows the lives of a gaggle of retired covert agents who operate from the cover of a used bookstore. When their lives are threatened, they are determined to respond differently than when they were a part of the establishment intelligence community. This unmistakable transformation to a truer, fuller humanity was the highlight of the book for me as it invoked a similar pondering in my own life.
I marveled repeatedly at the author's use of language. The book is well worth reading for that gift alone but, when combined with a scintillating story, this who-dun-it and how-did-it delights like a clean, clear day after a week in the summer soup. The first in a trilogy, it is good news indeed that there is more to come from Rieley-Goddard.
Throughout the book, there is an undercurrent of evidence of the author's other life as a Presbyterian minister. Never intrusive or preachy, it simply is present as a powerful, poetic nod toward life worth living.
This is an outstanding read not to be missed!