Death at the Old Hotel
A Brian McNulty Mystery by Con Lehane
Review: Bartender Brian McNulty comes to the aid of Barney Saunders, a fellow barman, in Death at the Old Hotel, the third mystery in this series by Con Lehane.
It is Christmas-time in New York City. The hotels are all booked up and the restaurants have reservations for holiday parties. The bars are crowded — which is good news for Brian McNulty who tends bar at the Savoy Hotel. When goons attack his friend Barney, Brian decides it is time to make this outrage his business. Barney, Brian and others have been trying to get new blood in the union hierarchy because the present bosses are blatantly corrupt as are the hotel owners who trade favors and money with each other and members of the mob. Brian believes this is why Barney was beaten as he had been more vocal than others about the problem. Neither Brian nor Barney are anti-union; in fact they feel they need the union, just not a corrupt one.
When one of the Savoy's nastier bosses creates an ugly scene with one of the waitresses on an exceptionally busy night, the kitchen staff, wait staff, bus boys and bartenders walk out and start a picket line the next day. Everyone except Barney, that is, who has gone into hiding. Brian tries again to talk to the union bosses, but is told to get out and follow the union's orders. No more talking! But when the talking stops, the murders begin. Not only does Brian feel he has to investigate the disappearance of Brian, he commits himself to help solve the murders that follow.
Lehane seamlessly interleaves several storylines in Death at the Old Hotel, including illegal immigration, the problems of a divorced couple with a teenage son, an illicit love affair, and even an alley cat, into an intriguing murder mystery. There are any number of suspects, and McNulty — the bartender and confidant — must distinguish between what is true and what isn't in order to solve the crimes.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Death at the Old Hotel.
Acknowledgment: Breakthrough Promotions provided a copy of Death at the Old Hotel for this review.
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Minotaur Books (Hardcover), April 2016
ISBN-13: 9781250009968; ISBN-10: 1250009960
Location(s) referenced in Death at the Old Hotel: New York City
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Death at the Old Hotel by Con Lehane — A Brian McNulty Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: June 2007
List Price: $24.95
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