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Drowning Barbie: An Ike Schwartz Mystery (Ike Schwartz Series)

by Frederick Ramsay

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I've been a fan of Frederick Ramsay's Ike Schwartz series since its beginning, although I confess I haven't read them all or in order. Ike and his "main squeeze" Ruth Harris, are both old enough to know what they're doing. He's a sorta-retired CIA agent now serving as a small town sheriff in rural Virginia, and she's the President of a small private woman's college in the same town. This combo provides many opportunities for the townies and the academics to tittle and gossip. Drowning Barbie begins as the couple ends a rather raucous mini-vacation in Las Vegas, waking to realize that in their drunken stupor, they've actually visited the local wedding palace and done the deed. Now, how to tell the folks back home, many of whom have been scandalized by their not too secret relationship.

So yes...it's a crime novel, and there appears the obligatory roster of murder victims (both known and unidentified), a runaway teenager, some drug dealers, bad cops, incompetent law enforcement, meddling busybodies, etc, etc, etc. Nothing horribly complicated, but definitely engaging enough to keep the pages turning. Not only do Ruth and Ike provide us with wonderful dialogue, but the supporting cast keeps the reader entertained as well. At the end of this one, Ramsay leaves us looking forward to a new and very different lifestyle for this eclectic and fun couple.There's certainly at least one more book for these two. ( )
  tututhefirst | Feb 15, 2014 |
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Investigating the murder of a drug addict, Ike Schwartz works to track down the victim's missing daughter for important clues in a case that is complicated by a second murder, the input of former colleagues, and his drawn-out engagement with Ruth.

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