When Newbury, Connecticut's three hundred year old village cemetery is invaded by a gaudy, half-million dollar mausoleum, Ben Abbott is not happy.
Newcomer Brian Grose's tall, wide, mirror-polished eruption of eternal ego sticks out in the peaceful burying ground like a McMansion in an apple orchard. Ben's fellow drinkers at the bar have nicknamed the monstrosity, McTomb. But no one expected to find Brian's body locked in his mausoleum, fifty years ahead of schedule.
Then Homeland Security Immigration Criminal Enforcement agents descend on Newbury hunting for Charlie Cubrero, an illegal immigrant farm hand and supposed gang leader who bought a gun after he was stiffed for fifty bucks by Brian Grose.
Ben Abbott doesn't buy it. Half the town was in the graveyard celebrating Newbury's Tercentennial when Brian was shot and most of them were mad at him. Besides, Ben admires the hard working Charlie. And he fears that the news that the illegal worked for the Village Cemetery Association will destroy the venerable society already torn asunder by suing and counter-suing anti-mausoleum traditionalists and pro-mausoleum insurgents.
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JUSTIN SCOTT has written thirty thrillers, historicals, and mystery novels, including The Shipkiller and Normandie Triangle. With many books set at sea, he has been called "the Dick Francis of yachting."
His main pen name is PAUL GARRISON under which he has written five modern sea thrillers including Fire and Ice, Red Sky At Morning, Sea Hunter, and The Ripple Effect, and the Paul Janson series based on a Robert Ludlum character,The Janson Command and The Janson Option).
Scott created the Ben Abbott detective series (HardScape, StoneDust, FrostLine, McMansion and Mausoleum) and was twice nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award by the Mystery Writers of America.
He collaborates with Clive Cussler on the Isaac Bell series (The Wrecker, The Spy, The Race, The Thief, and The Striker.) He lives in Connecticut with his wife, filmmaker Amber Edwards.
It's difficult to believe that a story that centers around events in a cemetery can be so lively, but this mystery by Justin Scott is just that. The quaint cemetery in Newbury, Connecticut, has been invaded by a monstrous mausoleum built by a rich California transplant. Murder and crime detection follow, and listeners are introduced to a motley crew of suspects, both the stolid descendants of Puritans and Latin-American transients. All these well-defined characters are expertly brought to life by the vocal skills of Joe Barrett. His portrayal of crusty Aunt Constance is particularly noteworthy. This light entertainment is well worth the time to listen. D.L.G. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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