Death Goes Postal

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
304 Pages
Reviewed on 10/24/2012
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Author Biography

Coauthors Rosemary and Larry Mild write cozy mysteries, adventure/thrillers, short stories, articles, and essays. Their marriage has not only withstood the loss of their daughter Miriam, but the daily test of writing back to back in the same room. Rosemary is a career writer and editor. Larry is an electrical engineer turned writer. Both are members of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters In Crime. The Milds divide most of their time between Severna Park, MD and Honolulu, HI. They are also world travelers, having seen much of Europe, Asia, & North America.

ROSEMARY, a graduate of Smith College, is a former assistant editor of Harper's, a managing editor of Chemical Times &Trends, and has recently published Miriam's World—and Mine She has published articles in The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun. She is a member of the National Press Club, Society of Prof. Journalists and the MD Writers' Assoc.

LARRY, a graduate of American University, designed and documented electronic equipment and systems for RCA, Honeywell, Alliant Techsystems, and Chesapeake Instrument Corporation. He is a member of the MD Writers' Assoc. and a former member of the Institutes of Radio Engineers and Electrical & Electronic Engineers. He has also written an op-ed piece for the Baltimore Sun that was written into the Congressional Record by MD Sen. Mikulski.

Rosemary and Larry Mild share one office. They write back to back five to six hours each day and so far they haven't killed each other.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite

"Death Goes Postal" by Rosemary and Larry Mild is a really enjoyable and erudite mystery with some wonderful characters. Gentle, learned Professor Abner Fraume is brutally murdered in Bath, England, for the sake of some of Herr Koenig’s printing artifacts and rare manuscripts, but not before he managed to send three important, clue-bearing letters to his sister Edythe in the States. Pensioner Edythe is battling cancer as well as caring for her husband Bernie suffering from advanced alzheimers, but who is brought alive by snippets of poetry. And then there are the Shermans, Daniel and Rivka, who buy The Old Victorian Bookshop from Edythe, and unwittingly buy themselves into a very dangerous situation as Abner’s murderer. The Shermans have to solve puzzles to stay one step ahead of the villain.

The novel is superbly written. Everyone we meet is complex and portrayed in great and convincing detail. We are both moved and motivated by the courageous Edythe and appalled by the evil obsession of Professor Emil Kravitz. The settings are evocative and atmospheric. There is intrigue, deception and tension, and also happiness, sadness and terror; this apparently cozy mystery keeps you on the edge of the seat and unable to stop reading. There is a useful printing glossary at the beginning, so we understand the terminology used in the book. It is always nice to learn something from a book and to be entertained by it at the same time. The best news is that there is to be a series of mysteries involving the Shermans. Excellent!

Darin Godby

Rosemary and Larry Mild do an amazing job of writing in their book, "Death Goes Postal". This is a very entertaining and moving book from the beginning till the end. The villain Emil Kravitz is a strong believable character throughout the story. Eighty-eight-year-old Professor Abner Fraume is a noted researcher and has a wealth of information concerning the early Herr Koenig's matrix molds. Professor Fraume's sister, Edythe, lives in America with her husband. They are both very sick and own a bookstore which she wants to sell to the couple of her choosing. Dan and Rivka Sherman soon purchase the bookstore and get involved in a mystery of sorts that could even cost them Rivka's life. Liz, a bookstore worker and friend of Edythe, soon learns important information concerning the letter that Professor Fraume sent to his sister and she has some clue about where it is. At a book gathering Liz shares more than she should of this information and the fun begins. There is a break in into the store, the kidnapping of Rivka and the FBI getting involved in hunting the molds before Emil Kravitz can escape with it.

I found this book to be very enjoyable and fun reading. I especially liked Sir Lord Byron, the bookstore cat. He is a part of the store and tries to offer protection when an intruder comes snooping around. Dan and Rivka offer a very keen insight into taking a clue and figuring out its solution. I enjoyed learning from them as well as watching how Rivka communicated with her kidnapper while remaining calm and even helpful at times. I look forward to reading more books by this husband wife duo and to take part in the next journey they will take me on.

Alice DiNizo

A man calling himself Emil Kravitz walks in the rain to one of the brick houses in Upper Parke Crescent in Bath, England. He sees himself as greedy and ambitious, but not evil and cruel. But he strangles the 88 year old house occupant with a phone cord when the elderly man says "no" to his request. What the intruder wants is the elderly man's life work. That man, Abner Fraume, is a Holocaust survivor and knows that Emil has been pestering him for years to turn over his research manuscripts and also the highly valuable Koenig matrix molds and the antique, engraved metal chase which go back to the beginning years of printing. Abner has written three letters to his sister, Edythe Bender, with poetic hints of the location of the matrix molds and the chase. Edythe and her husband, Bernie, are elderly and in failing health. When Edythe dies, her friends Dan and Rivka Sherman resign their day jobs and take over the operations of her bookstore in Annapolis, Maryland. Dan and Rivka attempt to find where Abner's valuable printing artifacts are stored before Emil finds them for his own purposes. But can they?

"Death Goes Postal" is a delightfully well-written thinking man's mystery. Dan and Rivka Sherman and all the characters, Abner, Edythe, Liz Nathan, student Will Petty, family friends Peggy Morris (Abner's daughter) and Heather Germain, Joel Wise and Garry Posner, who is actually Abner's son, suit the story well and help the plot move smoothly to the end. The dialogues presented throughout the story add to its telling as does the insertion of Yiddish words such as "gonif", "momser" and "dreck". "Death Goes Postal" is a highly welcome addition to reading lists everywhere.

Trudi LoPreto

Death Goes Postal" by Rosemary and Larry Mild is a great mystery story. Daniel and Rivka Sherman are forced to become amateur sleuths as the new owners of the Olde Victorian Bookstore. They have given up their careers and look forward to starting a new quieter life as book shop owners. Unfortunately for them, they get much more than they bargained for. Abner Fraume is the murdered brother of the previous book store owner. Abner was a Professor in England and was murdered while he was trying to protect his very precious rare fifteenth century typesetting artifacts. He knew of the interest in his collection and in an effort to keep it safe he mailed it to a secret location in the United States. He sent his sister three clues in letters that she has hidden away in the bookstore as to the whereabouts of the typesetting treasure. Daniel and Rivka become embroiled in the crook’s search and are forced to deal with kidnapping, murder, robbery, mugging and more to find the artifacts and catch the bad guy. The solution involves a young English lad’s term paper, the post office, the FBI, Scotland Yard and members of a readers critique club before Daniel and Rivka can solve this case.

Rosemary and Larry Mild have given us a wonderful new pair of detectives and I can’t wait to read their next adventure. I became emotionally attached to Rivka and Daniel and found myself following them on at every twist and turn. This is a must read for all mystery readers. "Death Goes Postal" will soon be on the top of the bestseller list. I will be closely watching for the next book in the "Daniel and Rivka Sherman' series. Rosemary and Larry Mild’s books will be added to my “books to read” list.

Ellen Hogan

Abner Fraume is killed by Emil Kravitz for some research work and artifacts that are worth a lot of money. However, they were not in Abner's possession. He did send his sister Edythe clues as to the whereabouts of the artifacts. So, Emil heads to America to find Abner's letters and the clues they contain. Edythe has cancer and her husband Bernie has Alzheimer's and she is worried about the bookstore they own called Olde Victorian Bookstore. She talks to their customers Rivka and Daniel Sherman who run their mystery critique group and asks them to buy the shop. The Shermans agree and shortly after Edythe succumbs to her illness. Things start happening around the shop and they learn from their employee Liz about the letters from Edythe's brother and the research he did. They learn of Abner's murder and realize that Emil is looking for what they have in their possession. Emil kidnaps Rivka and Daniel, with the help of FBI, tries to find where he has taken her and to get her back.

There is a lot going on in this book. People are not who they seem to be. Even Daniel and Rivka are all suspects in Abner's murder. They decide the murderer has to be one of the new members of their critique group. They don't know who to trust and each is interrogated after Liz is attacked and the bookstore is broken into. Lots of twists and turns in this story, including Abner's two children meeting for the first time. Each part of the story is tied up at the end and everything is explained in detail. It has a well-written plot that is easy to read. Nice way to pass time reading such an enjoyable tale that keeps you guessing from the first.