A Murder In Passing
By Mark De CastriquE
A 2013 release from
Poisoned Pen Press
History, race relations, and persistent attitude are all
blended in this fine story. With sensitivity and care the author has developed
a believable inter-race relationship story of love and sacrifice. As the title
suggests, murder is also part of the mix.
With few clients in hand, Sam Blackman and Nakalya Robertson
need some outlet for their energy. Connecting with an outdoor mushroom-searching
band, Sam stumbles over a skeleton that appears to be quite old. The discovery
sets in motion inquiries by several agencies and since Robertson and Blackman
are at loose ends with almost no business, they join the search for answers on
an ad hoc basis. Then a potential client shows up asking them to try to locate
a photograph, apparently stolen several years earlier. Even though the picture was made by a
well-known photographer, its value doesn’t seem to reach the level where hiring
a detective is appropriate. What’s even more intriguing is that the subject of
the missing photograph is a small group of children linked to the skeleton
discovered by Blackman.
The story unwinds in a very logical and thoughtful manner. The writing is clean and the characters are interesting in their attitudes and development. Everything about this book is of the level we have come to expect from this publisher and its authors.