Something has gone very wrong on bucolic Sour Cherry Lane. A straight-arrow high school student has started throwing wild sex parties. The distinguished history professor across the lane has gone missing. His estranged wife, a popular author of children's books, is strung out on crystal meth. And the new man in her life is under surveillance by a joint federal and state drug task force.
It's not exactly a day in Yankee paradise for Desiree Mitry, the alluring resident trooper of Dorset, Connecticut. Especially when you throw in those unwelcome fainting spells she's been having ever since she broke it off with pudgy New York film critic Mitch Berger and took up again with her ex-husband, U.S. Attorney Brandon Stokes.
Mitch has moved on with his life, saying good-bye to Dorset and hello to a new high-profile television career. Not to mention a newly slimmed-down and styled self. Des is completely out of his system. Or so Mitch thinks.
Des, meanwhile, is furious to discover that a major drug cartel has been operating in Dorset right under her nose. Matters escalate when one of those troubled Sour Cherry Lane residents turns up dead. Des pursues the case in her own way. The problem is that her way gets her in way too deep. And there's only person who can possibly get her out.
The question isn't whether Mitch will ride to her rescue. The question is whether the two of them will live to tell about it.
The Sour Cherry Surprise, the newest in this solidly entertaining series from David Handler, promises more twists and turns for the likable odd couple, and an astounding, heart-pounding conclusion.
At the start of Handler's assured sixth mystery starring film critic Mitch Berger and police trooper Desiree Mitry (after 2006's The Sweet Golden Parachute), the crime-solving odd couple have gone their separate ways: Des has returned to her former husband, while the overweight Mitch has slimmed down, toned up and thrown himself into being a bigtime movie critic. While some of the finest citizens of Dorset, Conn., strive to bring them back together, Des gets caught up in the aftermath of an ugly domestic situation that leaves young Molly Procter, a friend of Mitch's, with a homeless father and a strung-out mother. Des's duties bring her into conflict with a federal investigation, and then a murder inquiry forces her to put her life on the line. Can Mitch be a movie-role hero? Handler avoids wrapping things up too neatly with a couple of well-hidden surprises. Fans will eagerly await the next installment in this edgy cozy series.
I loved this book. I started reading it on a stormy summer night and couldn't put it down. I live in the town it's about and I can honestly say this book is only half fiction. All the characters resemble my neighbors and all the towns and roads besides Dorset are real. It's interesting, funny, and a good mystery. Completely worth reading.