Review: Strawberry Moon, what the northwestern Michigan Chippewa call the first full moon of summer, is also the title of Robert Underhill's debut mystery, an intricately plotted novel of suspense.
Following the disappearance of a local doctor, Sheriff Hoss Davis is presented with three viable suspects, each of whom seems to have means, motive, and opportunity: her husband, her psychiatrist, and a member of the Chippewa tribe. Sensing a weakness in the Sheriff's investigation, a local land developer sees the chance to do some political damage as well, adding to Davis' troubles and possible list of guilty parties. Underhill credibly interleaves all these storylines—just as one suspect seems to be the obvious culprit, the perspective changes and another takes his place.
It's all very well done up to a point. Several key plot elements remain unresolved at the end of the book, some of which are rather crucial to the resolution of the story. And the oddly ambiguous epilogue raises, probably intentionally, more still more questions.
The final chapters aside, Strawberry Moon is a captivating mystery that deserves a wider audience.
Acknowledgment: Arbutus Press provided an ARC of Strawberry Moon for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in Strawberry Moon: Michigan
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Strawberry Moon by Robert Underhill — A Hoss Davis Mystery
Publisher: Arbutus Press
Format: Trade Paperback
Publication Date: May 2006
List Price: $16.95
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