Unhappy Hooligan (Howie
Rook Series) & The Penguin Pool Murder (Hildegarde
Wither Series) are my introduction to Stuart Palmer. I’ve
read about Stuart Palmer’s mystery series but never
tried them. I came across these two during a break from suspense
and thrillers. I needed a mystery that challenged me as a
reader - without giving me nightmares. As luck would have
it these two were offered as a review copies at NetGalley.
Unhappy Holligan has Rook bantering with a Police
Officer ordered to bring him downtown. Instead of being arrested
– again - the Chief wants Rook to assist with a locked-door
murder. Jame McFarley was murdered in his apartment. McFarley
was dressed normal with the exception of wearing clown makeup.
Rook discovers McFarley joined a local circus as a clown (Hooligan).
He does the same with the hope of solving the case. Rook meets
some unusual people in the circus as well as in McFarley’s
personal life. Rook is a likable know-it-all. It’s best
to have him on your side. This is definitely a locked-door
mystery for the armchair sleuth in need of a challenge.
The Penguin Pool Murder has teacher Hildegarde at
the New York Aquarium with her third graders. Hildegarde gets
more than expected when the Penguins outplay the Aquarium
Fish. It’s Hildegarde and a student who spot a body
in the Penguin pool. Hildegarde proves herself indispensable
as she helps Detective Piper solve the Stockbroker’s
murder. Hildegarde is a teacher to be reckoned with. She and
Piper make a great team. The Hildegarde series is one of my
new favorites… New York and the 1930s, you just can't
Both eBooks offer an excerpt of the next title in the series.
eBooks have done more than expand our reading choices. eBooks
are turning the Old into the New – giving us access
to some wonderful classics. I really enjoyed reading Unhappy
Holligan and The Penguin Pool Murder.