Review: The Morgenstern Murders by C.M. Albrecht

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Dr. Ezra Morgenstern runs an abortion clinic and constantly faces angry religious fanatics. But one day, standing by the window at his home located at the edge of the cliff above the Pacific, he notices someone climbing up the cliff. Dr. Morgenstern calls the police. The police officer that answers the call faces the most incredible sight: two dead bodies, three with the dog. The doctor and his wife and their dog are murdered.

Couple of years earlier, Jonas McCleary moved to Sand Bluff to work as a sheriff. But the crime level was very low so he didn’t have any job to do. So, now he works as a private investigator. Alex Kershaw, the first officer on the murder scene, calls McCleary to help him solve the case.

How has motive to kill the doctor and his wife? Is it some religious fanatic who thinks that abortion is sin? Or maybe his daughter who now inherits the clinic and the money? Or maybe his daughter’s husband who has debts?

Well, PI Jonas McCleary has to solve this case.

I really love classic mystery novels. Not too bloody, not too creepy, just a detective who solves the crime in a classic old-fashioned way. That’s why I loved this book. I’ve met Jonas McCleary in Sand Bluff Murders and I loved him as a character. This time, couple of years later, he is not sheriff anymore, he is a private detective. He married Roxie, adopted her son Will, and they have a baby girl Annette. He constanly fights with his mother, but they love each other very much.

I like the way the main character solves the case. He doesn’t use any super modern technology, he just uses his instinct and good old-fashioned talking to the people. His investigation has a lot of twists and the very moment you think that the case is solved, bam, another turn-over.

So, if you are a fan of classic mystery novels, you’ll enjoy this thrilling and a little bit humorous story. Don’t miss it.

My opinion: 4 / 5.

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