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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Death and Downsizing are two things that people in Baltimore can be sure of. Howard Nobel, president and chief executive officer of Baltech Inc., is found beheaded in his office and the weapon used just happens to be his own Samurai sword. Detectives Joseph Isaacson and Daniel Burns are assigned to the case and find many suspects who have good motives for killing the victim. Howard Nobel was not the most likable person to work for, even more so after he downsized the company. The detectives take their work seriously, although they can’t resist injecting humour into their case when it permits, which is throughout the story. This lighthearted mystery book is written by author Walt Lamberg.
One added bonus of reading Death and Downsizing is that you will gain a bit of knowledge on Japanese history, namely the Samurai culture. The author, Walt Lamberg writes expertly on this subject as it is an integral part of the story. Although the plot is not action packed, it is filled with a “who did it?” suspense as the witty detectives try to solve the case, and that does take a while. Howard Nobel had his share of enemies. The setting and personalities of the characters are good and came through nicely in the writing. One of the things I like about Walt Lamberg’s writing is the detailed descriptions given of the cast of characters' backgrounds. He introduces you to their different lifestyles and races with humour, without coming across as being prejudiced.