Book Review – The Case of the Unnecessary Sequel
Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Brian Landon
Format: Kindle, Paperback
Jealous of her brothers’ success, Maura Coen begins filming “Fargo 2: Electric Boogaloo” in a small quite Minnesotan town. But when what was believed to be a prop gun results in the very real death of one of the cast, Doyle Malloy former police officer to the stars turned private detective, swoops in to solve the murder.
As he did in “A Grand ‘ole Murder”, Brian Landon once more brings his wonderfully quirky characters and crisp wit to small town Minnesota where, unfortunately, not all of the men are good looking nor are all the children above average to paraphrase Garrison Keillor.
Readers, especially Minnesota natives, will thoroughly enjoy the local references and cultural caricatures. Malloy, his main character, blurts out insensitive questions at inappropriate times, flinches at the site of dead bodies, yet he makes ironically insightful observations just when one wonders how he ever became a police detective.
In lesser hands, this novel could not have been written, but Landon makes the premise, characters, and setting work perfectly for an enjoyable, quirky and fun read. Don’t miss this one!