I hadn’t really planned to post any more, but Alan Gordon’s The Parisian Prodigal was so good, I’ll make an exception. I’ve written about Gordon’s Fools’ Guild mysteries previously, but the latest episode is one of the best. Our heroic family of fools remains in Toulouse for a second adventure serving Count Raimon. Although I immediately guessed the killer’s identity, the revelation of the motive and the witty dialogue throughout made this title worth reading. I was sincerely saddened to turn the last page and eagerly await further escapades with Theo and Claudia.
It was an easy segue from that loving pair to another witty duo in George Baxt’s Hollywood-based mystery, The William Powell and Myrna Loy Murder Case. The playful banter of the Thin Man movie series is accurately captured in this light-hearted, yet deadly title. A celebrity madam’s decision to publish her memoirs leads to multiple murders with Powell and Loy front and center helping with the investigation.