The Cold Blue Blood
A Berger and Mitry Mystery by David Handler
Review: David Handler introduces Mitch Berger and Desiree "Des" Mitry in a new mystery series with the unsatisfactory The Cold Blue Blood. What is particularly disappointing about this debut is that Handler is the author of the consistently excellent Stewart Hoag mysteries.
There is little doubt that Handler is an accomplished writer with a strong sense of character, good dialog, and descriptive locales. And each of these components is present in The Cold Blue Blood in addition to an intriguing prologue. But the plot is incongruous and Handler simply doesn't bring all the elements together well.
The Cold Blue Blood is presented as a Berger and Mitry mystery, but Mitch Berger has a much larger role than Des Mitry in the story, yet Mitry is by far the more interesting character. There is potential for this series, and Handler is certainly capable of doing better than this first mystery would suggest.
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Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author …
The Shimmering Blond Sister
Minotaur Books (Hardcover), October 2010
ISBN-13: 9780312574857; ISBN-10: 0312574851
Location(s) referenced in The Cold Blue Blood: Connecticut
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The Cold Blue Blood by David Handler — A Berger and Mitry Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: October 2001
List Price: $23.95