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Louie's Last Story: A Mitch and Al Mystery by Glenn Ickler is a page-turning murder mystery in the Mitch and Al universe. It centers around 82-year old storyteller and Holocaust survivor Louis Stein. He has a whopper of a story to tell that could cost him his life, and he wants to tell reporter Mitch Mitchell about it at the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee. Mitch and his news photographer friend Al are on vacation with their wives, but look forward to hearing Louie's story. When an announcement is made that Louie won't be telling his story due to unforeseen events, it's discovered that Louie's motorhome is now a crime scene, and Al has to take photos for the police. Louie has been slashed to death, but why? It isn't until a week later that blogger Thumbelina says she knows Louie's murderer, but she is also slashed to death just hours later. Mitch and Al are caught up in this double-murder mystery. Will they ever learn the significance of the story Louie died for?
Even if you aren't familiar with the Mitch and Al mysteries, you'll become a fan of the series instantly with this one. Glenn Ickler has a very entertaining way with drama, mystery, and murder, placing you right in the middle of a case, inviting you to figure it out right alongside the characters. And speaking of characters, I enjoyed the teamwork of Mitch and Al immensely. It seems natural to write about a reporter and photographer, and the author conveys their relationship with dialog that sounds fresh and realistic. The plot is also an instant hook, and you get an inside view of the reporter and news photographer's world, as well as their close friendship. Their friendship keeps things moving along. Will we ever know what Louie's last story was all about? Keep reading Louie's Last Story: A Mitch and Al Mystery by Glenn Ickler to find out.