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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Killer Cocktail (Emily Winter mystery #3) by David M. Hamlin


Killer Cocktail

(Emily Winter mystery #3)

by David M. Hamlin

Published February 2021 by Open Books Press

Goodreads synopsis: 

Chicago TV reporter Emily Winter is drawn into a complicated and challenging investigation when a women's health clinic is destroyed and a cherished member of the clinic's staff is killed. While her skill, talent and contacts lead her to many likely suspects -- anti-abortion activists, a wealthy donor to that cause, a disgruntled former clinic employee, a real estate broker -- she also encounters stone walls and silence. As her investigation moves slowly forward, Emily relies on her husband Ben and Ben's street-savvy Uncle Max, her news staff colleagues and a group of women, all of whom have shattered glass ceilings. When two sniper attacks threaten her life, Emily grows even more determined to solve the crime until -- over-coming multiple obstacles including a sexist police information officer -- she solves the murder and brings the killers to justice.


4.75 stars

This is the third book in the Emily Winter Ace Reporter Mystery series by David M. Hamlin.

This book really grabs you. I wouldn’t exactly call it a cozy mystery but it does have many things in common with it. This is an investigative reporter type of mystery along the lines of what I think of as detective fiction or police procedural.

This takes place in the past, 1975-ish time period. That explains why the reporter calls from a pay phone at some point in the book. I was like… are those even around any more. I guess at that point in my reading of the novel I was unaware of the period of the piece. This reads like a novel from today. I guess reporting the story doesn’t really change over time and a lot of the tv cameras haven’t changed much over the years either.

I wouldn’t exactly call this writing hard-nosed but it seems a bit tougher than your normal cozy type mystery, more real feeling. I really enjoyed the read. I look forward to reading the previous two books in this series. The mystery her was spot on and the characters both minor and major were a thing of beauty. Loved it a lot.

I highly recommend this series so much.

If you like reporter type of mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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