Thursday, April 19, 2012


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Murder at the Cubbyhole, Alice Zogg, Aventine Press, 2012, 199 pp

My friend Alice Zogg has a new mystery, set in the world of amateur theater. A promising young actress is killed when a bomb goes off in her dressing room at the Cubbyhole Theater. Though clearly murder has been done, the police are getting no where with the case, so the young woman's parents call in PI R A Huber and her assistant.

I happen to know that Alice took an acting class last year, so her theater setting is accurate. In fact, this is an author who does her research carefully.

I enjoyed the Pasadena, CA location; South Pasadena to be exact, with its upscale shops and restaurants. Even more exotic was the introduction of white collar crime. I wonder how she researched that? As part of the investigation, Huber and her husband travel to Portland, OR, where they pay a visit to Powell's Bookstore.

Murder at the Cubbyhole is a quick, enjoyable read. Though it is not hard to figure out who the culprits are, watching Huber figure out exactly who committed the murder and how it was done keeps the story moving along. If you enjoy Agatha Christie and early P D James, you could give Alice Zogg's eighth whodunit a try.

(Murder at the Cubbyhole is available in hardcover and paperback by order from Once Upon A Time Bookstore. To find it in your nearest indie bookstore, click on the cover image above.)

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