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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!