Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Review: The Man Who Couldn't Miss by David Handler

Journalist turned author, David Handler, has a new book out in a series that Kerry Hammond loves. She’s here to tell us what she thinks.

The Man Who Couldn’t Miss by David Handler was published on August 14, in Hardcover by William Morrow. It’s the 10th in the Stewart Hoag Mystery series. We also reviewed the 9th book in the series, The Girl With the Kaleidascope Eyes, here on Mystery Playground. I love this series and was excited to see there was a new book out; I just had to get my hands on it.

Ghostwriter Stewart Hoag “Hoagy” and his basset hound, Lulu, are back and up to their eyeballs in a new mystery. Hoagy is spending some time in the country at a farmhouse belonging to his ex-wife, actress Merilee Nash. Merilee is putting on a high priced charity event to save a local theater and tensions are running high. When one of the actors is murdered, Hoagy is there to help solve the crime.

Hoagy and Lulu are priceless. Hoagy is there with his flashy fashion sense and dry sense of humor, and Lulu, well Lulu is scared of her own shadow. But she manages to back up Hoagy when he needs her most, and she’s always there to sniff out a clue. Hoagy is smooth without being arrogant, he is dapper with a one-of-a-kind style, and he is the exact person you want around in a crises. He is calm and analytical and he always manages to catch the killer.

This is a wonderful series, I love Handler’s style of writing and Hoagy is such a unique character. It’s refreshing to find a protagonist who is outside the mold; there is nothing cookie cutter about him. The small town theater storyline and the quaint Connecticut backdrop made for a great mystery. This is a fun and satisfying series and I thoroughly enjoy it.

This book was provided to Mystery Playground by the publisher. The review is fair and independent.

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