Rating: 5 of 5
Author: Brian Landon
Format: Kindle, Paperback
After the on-stage murder of aptly named “Unlucky Larry” at the Fitzgerald Theater, detective Doyle Malloy is on the case. What he finds is much more complex and personal than he would have ever imagined. Threads to his investigation point to a potential serial killer! But a killer that had been put away and died years ago by Malloy’s own father. So who could be perpetrating these new crimes? Or was the wrong person convicted years ago. Doyle must know. Unfortunately, the danger is much greater than any of his previous investigations and when his Malloy’s girlfriend is kidnapped and his friend grievously injured, Doyle wonders if he is in over his head.
Brian Landon’s private investigator “Doyle Malloy” is a wonderfully rich character and previous installments in the series feature his unique foibles and humorous way of solving murders almost by accident. As such, the mysteries themselves were the background vehicle to showcase Malloy’s unique Midwestern Pink Panther-esque style. But in “A Prairie Homicidal Companion” not only does Landon stay true to Malloy and the quirky humor he is known for, but the serial killer and solving the mystery is in itself a very compelling story. With this work, Landon has really stepped up his game and taken the Malloy mysteries to an entirely new level. If you have read previous works by Landon, you are sure to be pleased with this latest volume.
“A Prairie Homicidal Companion” is the best in the series, in this reader’s opinion. I can’t wait for the next one!