By Larry Karp
Write Way Publishing – March 2000
ISBN: 1885173849 – Hardcover

Mystery / Amateur Sleuth


Reviewed by: Brenda Weeaks, MyShelf.Com
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Thomas is back in another Music Box Mystery. This time his friend Hugh Curtis has just been unwillingly relieved of his musical snuffboxes, and his wife has died under what Thomas considers suspicious circumstances. Without a doubt, they know who the culprit is because every time a collector in their group finds a rare treasure with a mechanical bird, Vincent LoProire climbs out of his expensive hole and effectively claims it. After years of being bullied, threatened, and now murdered for their precious musical treasures, Thomas heads a caper that rivals "The Sting" to extract revenge.


I enjoyed reading Larry Karp's first mystery The Music Box Murders, which introduces us to Dr. Thomas Purdue, but after reading SCAMMING THE BIRDMAN I have to say it's my favorite of the two. Scamming the Birdman is extraordinary!  It's a rousing escapade with some eccentric, hilarious characters. Our lead sleuth/scammer, Thomas, teaches us a lesson: just when you think you know someone, they prove you wrong. The ending will take you by surprise, and some readers may feel judgmental about it, not me, I enjoyed an incredible caper with a surprising twist. 


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