Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Family Way-Michael Z. Lewin

Family Way

Michael Z. Lewin

Five Star, Feb 8 2012, $25.95

ISBN 9781432825423

In Bath, the residents of Walcot Street hoist their annual Nation Day festival in which the locals declare The Republic of Wolcott independent from Great Britain. Angelo Lunghi goes to meet a client wanting to hire his family detective agency. Angelo’s Mama hopes her single spinster daughter Rosetta meets a keeper man while serving on the party’s organizing committee. She also worries about her unmarried son Salvatore, who has opted out of the family. Angelo’s teenage daughter Marie accompanied by her BFF Cassie secretly goes to meet Jason.

However, the festivities are interrupted by the finding of a corpse connected to new neighbor Azaria Daniels. Marie becomes a near victim of a predator and Rosetta has two men interested in her. Finally the mystery of Salvatore begins to clear up as the Lunghi family led by their septuagenarian matriarch and patriarch investigate.

The third entertaining Lunghi cozy (see Family Business and Family Planning) is a wonderful cozy. The ensemble cast is a delight, the food overwhelming and the myriad of subplots nicely juggled before deftly being tied together. Readers will want more tales from the family who detects together stays together though Salvatore and Rosetta seek independence.

Harriet Klausner

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