An Ed McAvoy Mystery, No. 3
leg from a drug dealer's bullet forced Detroit homicide detective
Ed McAvoy's retirement. He subsequently accepted the position of
Police Chief at the small resort town of Peekamoose Heights, N.Y.,
figuring it will be an easy retirement job. This quiet village in
the Catskills won't have any major crime, right? In this prequel
to Stackhouse's first novel, Stream of Death, Veronica
Loring, a former model and fashion designer, is found dead in her
Jaguar XJS at the bottom of a cliff. At first, McAvoy thinks he
is investigating an accident, but then it begins to look like murder.
characters from previous Ed McAvoy stories are back; some of them
related to Ed, and each has their own eccentricities. There's the
Mountain Gap Rep Production group that are preparing the latest
play for the small theater; and the denizens of the Plough and Whistle,
an unexpected English Pub, set in Peekamoose Heights. Stackhouse
delivers when it comes to plotting, characterization and setting.
suspects are on McAvoy's list: Veronica's business partner, Jennifer
Rooney; Veronica's brother, David; Jack Dunbar, a design associate
in their firm; Jack's jealous wife, Kim; and competing fashion designer
Roger St. Ives. It will take all his skill as a big city homicide
detective to solve this crime, but McAvoy has a few tricks to trap
novels are a refreshing change from the explicit violence and language
that abound in most of the new suspense novels. I'm looking forward
to reading his latest, Black Irish Setter.