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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Forty-eight-year-old Earl Hollo, a private investigator in Louisville, KY, had never recovered from a death that occurred five years earlier. The victim was his fiancée Maggie Middleton, and the death was determined to be an accidental shooting by a deer hunter. Earl’s mother, with whom he lived, frequently encouraged him to move on with his life. Maggie’s twin brother, Howie, the owner of a local cemetery, contacted Earl and asked him to come in later that day. Howie had received a mysterious letter so he hired Earl to follow the directions in the letter and solve the mystery of Maggie’s death. In No Marriages in Heaven by Kenneth Tucker, an intriguing story unfolds.
The story involves many compelling characters. Earl, a self-described gumshoe who’s usually hired to follow an unfaithful spouse, is a complex man. His recitation of literature and poetry expressed the depth of his emotions. The relationship with his mother and his wrestling with the complicated aspects of his and Maggie’s relationship lend depth to his personality. Likewise, the true nature of Howie, the unknown reasons for Dr. Feltham’s choices, the wily Velma, and other characters are carefully delineated throughout the plot. These introspective meanderings are well-balanced with action scenes such as organized crime threats and shootings. The book is fast-paced and engages the reader from the first page to the last. There are many twists and turns, with the whodunit reserved for the ending. Author Kenneth Tucker has crafted a gripping mystery in No Marriage in Heaven – a riveting read!