Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Book Review: Not a Creature Was Stirring

Title Not a Creature Was Stirring: A Gregor Demarkian Holiday Mystery
Author Jane Haddam
Rating ****1/2
Tags mystery, series, fbi, gregor demarkian, philadelphia, main line 

I started with the latest book in this series, Living Witness, which I really liked. So I am starting to read the series in order.

Not a Creature was Stirring introduces retired FBI profiler Gregor Demarkian, a 3rd generation Armenian American. His beloved wife died two years ago, and he retired to take care of her. Now he has moved back into his old Armenian neighborhood. The new priest passes on a strange invitation. A very rich man of an old Main Line family offers the priest $100,000 if Demarkian will come to dinner at his mansion, the Engine House, on Christmas Eve. Gregor agrees, but arrives to find that the rich man, Robert Hannaford, had been murdered and the money, if it existed, is gone. Because security is so tight in and out of the estate, it had to be a member of Hannaford's family, his wife or one of the seven grown children, or a servant.

Haddam in this first book in the series is already a remarkably sure writer, with a great plot and excellent characters. I'm anxious now to read more in the series.

Publication Doubleday (1993), Hardcover
Publication date 1993
ISBN 0385470363 / 9780385470360

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