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The Blood Red Indian Summer: A Berger and Mitry Mystery (Berger and Mitry… (edition 2011)

by David Handler

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Title:The Blood Red Indian Summer: A Berger and Mitry Mystery (Berger and Mitry Mysteries)
Authors:David Handler
Info:Minotaur Books (2011), Edition: First Edition, Kindle Edition, 255 pages
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When a professional football player with anger-management issues moves into an exclusive neighborhood, one of his neighbors wants him gone. But as the Connecticut state trooper, Des Mitry, tells the councilman who heard the neighbor’s complaints that Tyrone “Da Beast” Grantham has done nothing illegal. Nevertheless, she pays a visit, if only to warn Grantham that his neighbor – a car dealer with a trophy wife and a troubled son -- is looking to cause trouble. What Des finds is an entourage that includes relatives of both him and his wife. And some of the look like they could be trouble.

Then Tyrone’s 18-year-old sister Kinitra nearly drowns and while she’s in the hospital, doctors learn that she is pregnant and, in their opinion, she shows signs of long-term sexual abuse. Kinitra denies she’s had anything except consensual sex.

Meanwhile, Des is fretting about meeting her long-term beau’s parents – and worrying about her own father, a high-level police officer who’s been on medical leave and living with her while he recuperates. Her beau, Mitch Berger -- movie reviewer, amateur sleuth and general good-guy – is worrying about his parents’ visit, too. But Mitch has time to do his usual good work, including friendly visits to the decaying estate of a family of colorful older folks – two sisters and a brother with a peculiar form of dementia -- who live next door to the Grantham mansion. That puts him in a position to help Des in her push to find out what’s really been going on with Kinitra.

I’ve always liked this low-key series and The Blood Red Indian Summer is the kind of solid story – with great characters and setting -- I expect from David Handler. ( )
  NewsieQ | Oct 12, 2012 |
Great addition to series.Berger & Mitry are getting their relationship back on track. his parents are coming to visit and Des is stressed. Add a bad boy NFL player with a family in crisis, and her dad recuperating very slowly and Des is stressed. Mitch is also involved in helping two elderly sisters and their sex obsessed brother in law so he is feeling the stress as well. There is the also matter of how oddly his parents have been acting. When it all comes to a head, its up to Mitch and Des to work it all out with the help of some of the other characters. Love the relationship between these two! As a CT resident, I also enjoy the barbs lobbed against the Connecticut authorities and the moneyed residents of the shoreline. ( )
  SharonR53 | Oct 14, 2011 |
A temporarily-suspended star football player and his extended family come to stay in Dorset, complicating Trooper Mitry's life. When Mitch and his parents find a victim washed up on his beach, Des is perforce involved.

It's good to see Mitch back to his former self. ( )
  readinggeek451 | Oct 14, 2011 |
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This newest mystery featuring Mitch Berger and Connecticut State Trooper Des Mitry presents Des with her first genuine racially charged case in the historic New England village of Dorset, the gem of Connecticut’s Gold Coast.

Tyrone “Da Beast” Grantham, the famously volatile NFL superstar linebacker, has just been suspended for “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the league.” When Tyrone and his entourage decide to spend his season in exile in bucolic Dorset---much to the dismay of his early-to-bed, ultra-white neighbors---Des is put on the spot. And when Tyrone’s eighteen-year-old sister-in-law, Kinitra, washes up on Mitch’s beach one morning, bloodied and barely alive, Des is on the case. Especially when it turns out that Kinitra is eight weeks pregnant. Good thing there’s nothing else serious going on in our heroes’ lives right now.  Like, say, Mitch’s parents arriving from Florida at long last to meet the new woman of color in their nice Jewish boy’s life.

The Blood Red Indian Summer makes a fine and entertaining addition to David Handler’s award-winning, critically-acclaimed series.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:08 -0400)

""Series fans will have fun catching up with the latest twists in the always interesting relationship of this interracial couple."--Publishers Weekly on The Shimmering Blond Sister When a famously volatile and suspended NFL superstar linebacker and his entourage decide to spend his season in exile in bucolic Dorset--much to the dismay of his early-to-bed, ultra-white neighbors--Des Mitry is put on the spot. And when his 17-year-old sister-in-law washes up on Mitch Berger's beach, bloodied and barely alive, Des is on the case"--"When a famously volatile and suspended NFL superstar linebacker and his entourage decide to spend his season in exile in bucolic Dorset--much to the dismay of his early-to-bed, ultra-white neighbors--Des Mitry is put on the spot. And when his 17-year-old sister-in-law washes up on Mitch Berger's beach, bloodied and barely alive, Des is on the case"--… (more)

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