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Death Will Extend Your Vacation based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
The newest in this author’s “Death Will . . . “ series brings back the Three Musketeers, Bruce Kohler [recovering alcoholic], his best friend, computer nerd Jimmy, and Jimmy’s girlfriend, Barbara, self-described codependent, this time embarking upon a summer holiday in the Hamptons in the fictional town of Deadhampton [nee Dedhampton]. On only their second day, they stumble upon the body of one of their housemates, apparently drowned, possibly the victim of foul play. The dead woman was, as are our protags, among those staying in a “clean and sober” group house, all of the occupants being members of one or more twelve-step programs for compulsives, whether it be AA, Al-Anon and the like or one of the lesser-known programs (at least to this reader) such as SCA (Sexual Compulsives Anonymous) or SLAA (Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous). The police treat the woman’s death as “suspicious,” but Barbara, self-described as having “a disease of not minding my own business,” is not content to leave it to the professionals, and does some amateur sleuthing of her own. And when another body turns up, things heat up. The second victim is a wealthy developer, and the hostility between the local farmers, the developers and the environmentalists make for a healthy suspect pool. Or is it more personal than that? There are some lovely descriptions of the beauties of the Hamptons, e.g., “The cove nestled in the curve of the towering cliff between two headlands. The far end shimmered in a veil of haze. In the foreground, sea and virgin sand sparkled, every glint, grain, and droplet crisply delineated. Surf crashed intermittently on a broad border of flat, hard-packed beach the color of coffee cream. The lacy edge of the breakers formed a single rim with an unbroken line of high rollers behind it.” The summer, and the investigation, proceeds at a leisurely pace, with the novel beginning just before Memorial Day and going, as one might expect, through the Labor Day weekend, which makes the timing of the publication of the book perfect: Just the thing for an enjoyable beach read.