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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

TROUBLEMAKER by Joseph Hansen (a Dave Brandstetter Mystery)_Review

TroublemakerTroublemaker by Joseph Hansen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of Troublemaker by Joseph Hansen
5 Stars

I was privileged to read some of the mysteries in this wonderful series years ago, after first publication. Recently I had been remembering them, and wishing I could find them again, so I’m very pleased to find Open Road Media giving a new opportunity for readers to enjoy the mysteries involving Dave Brandstetter, Gay insurance death claims investigator. Dave is a very solid, laid-back type of individual. We hardly ever see him rush, except when a case comes down to the wire and he is in a position to save a life. In this installment, on behalf of the company his father owns and which employs him, Medallion Insurance, he is looking into a sudden death, which may be suicide, accident, or murder. Of course the easiest answer is not always the right one, and Dave will have to go to many locales, interview a plethora of individuals, and eventually peel away many lies and secrets and deceits, intentional and unintentional, in order to discern the correct and accurate answer.

Although this series is predicated on a Gay protagonist, it is not erotica. Dave is half of a committed life partnership, although the individuals he encounters run the gamut from frequent illicit encounters, to “falling in love too easily,” to generosity and kind-heartedness, to easily hoodwinked. Just like our “real world,” it takes all kinds; thankfully our investigator has a steady mind and integrity of character.

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