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A Little Neighborhood Murder by A.J. Orde
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A Little Neighborhood Murder (original 1989; edition 1992)

by A.J. Orde

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Title:A Little Neighborhood Murder
Authors:A.J. Orde
Info:Fawcett (1992), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Denver, Jason Lynx, mystery, fiction

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A Little Neighborhood Murder by A.J. Orde (1989)

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A good start to a series. I like the character of Jason Lynx, who is not a professional detective of any kind, merely an antiques dealer who enjoys puzzles. This puzzle starts with the murder of his neighbors, and subsequent investigation by both the police and Jason, in very divergent methods.

The gradual reveal of the neighbors' activities, the secrets inside their house as well as in their jobs and other activities, is a pleasure to read. The side plot of Jason's relationship with the police detective is a nice touch, not overdone and quite believable. I also enjoy that instead of having a very light and inconsequential tone, as most cozies do, this book managed to convey a quiet melancholy, very suitable to Jason's still grieving widowhood. ( )
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When Jason Lynx's neighbors, George and Betty Whitney, are murdered, Jason discovers the police consider him the number one suspect. But Jason, an addicted puzzle solver, begins to find the case fascinating. Who'd have thought that George Whitney, an employee of a religious radio station, had it in him to attract a killer. Aided by endearing detective Grace Willis, Jason approaches the sinister secret that made the boring Whitneys so deadly dangerous. And if he is not very careful, that terrible secret could coil back and strike him....
"Orde writes with a firm, precise voice and Lynx is a well-drawn and likable characater."
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