The Lavender Lane Lothario

The Lavender Lane Lothario

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"Every year, the Gant family performs an annual ritual desecrating the tomb of Aurora Bing. The Gants have held a grudge against the legendary silent film star for almost eighty years, but for Sherm Gant and his son, things have become personal. Aurora's only grandchild, Hubie Swope, has shut down Sherm's notoriously rowdy beachfront bar, and refuses to allow The Pit to reopen until Sherm undertakes expensive upgrades. This means war. And when The Pit catches fire and Hubie Swope's charred remains are found in the rubble, it also means murder. Who killed Hubie Swope? Crime-fighting duo Mitch and Des have no idea. Not only are Sherm and his son prime suspects, but so are the women in Hubie's life. To their surprise, Mitch and Des discover that Dorset's building inspector, a quiet widower who repaired cuckoo clocks in his little house on Lavender Lane, was secretly juggling four girlfriends at once. And then there's Gaylord Holland, a builder who had a beef of his own with Hubie. Dorset is in turmoil, and only New York City film critic Mitch Berger and Connecticut State Police Resident Trooper Des Mitry can put it back together. This is the eleventh in David Handler's original, hilarious and charming series featuring the engaging biracial couple that fans love"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250076113
1250076110
Branch Call Number: MYS HANDL-D
Characteristics: 245 pages ; 22 cm

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Jun 27, 2017

I have found a new favourite to gobble up. Thoroughly modern, socially bold, highly intelligent, endearing characters. Who else would think of pairing up a size XXL doughboy of a culinary afficionado, social butterfly and reporter of a Jewish man hooked on old movies with a sleek, tiny bit over six feet tall, highly connected, impossibly smart and beautiful policewoman of colour? (Handler's own terms).

Desiree is assigned cases to investigate (and gets herself into dangerous predicaments) and is able to solve them before all hell breaks loose or her highly placed father has to intervene, thanks to Mitch, who does a lot of informal socializing behind the scenes, learns highly important elements to the case and unwittingly saves the day (and Desiree) on numerous occasions. Desiree's Crown Vic cruiser finds itself in precarious positions and is nearly as much a character as Desiree's other friends and colleagues.

The colour lavender in the title attracted me to this book, and I am now reading through the other titles in the series, all of which feature a different colour in the title.

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