by Dan Andriacco
Details at the end of this review on how to enter to win a copy of Murder at the Driskill. There is also a link to purchase the book where a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy.
One of the strengths of the mystery genre is that it comes in all shapes and sizes, from romantic suspense to noir. In her Sydney Lockhart series of hotel mysteries, though, Kathleen Kaska has created something special with a mash-up of screwball comedy (think 1930s movies), and Texas noir. The fourth serving of this unusual blend is the best yet.
Murder at the Driskill finds Sydney, an intrepid 1950s newspaper reporter, with a new gig in addition to her day job at the Austin American. She and her boyfriend, former cop Ralph Dixon, and their associate, Billy Ludlow, have formed their own private detective agency in Austin.
One of their first clients is a rancher who wants them to investigate his business partner, who is also his brother-in-law. But before they can even begin, the subject is shot and killed at the Driskill Hotel, just as he is expected to declare his candidacy for governor of Texas. His wife confesses to the murder, but nobody believes she did it, including their client, who now wants them to prove his sister-in-law’s innocence. Sydney and Ralph’s investigation turns up lots of motives—for killing their client. Everybody liked the victim, including his wife.
The 1950s were seldom as exciting as in this fast-paced and funny mystery, which is packed with action right to the end. The central problem around which the story revolves is an intriguing one, and the solution is satisfying. What will bring you back to the next Sydney Lockhart novel, though, is the snappy dialogue and a cast of memorable characters, highlighted by a 12-year-old girl (going on 30) who stars as Sherlock Holmes in a play she wrote. If you’re tired of the 21st Century, or just need a little break from it, pour yourself a martini and open Murder at the Driskill for the perfect escape.
To enter to win a copy of Murder At The Driskill, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Driskill,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen February 14, 2015. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.
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Thanks KRL magazine for posting Dan’s flattering review; it’s much appreciated. I’m thrilled about Dan’s upcoming book, The Egyptian Curse. Egyptology is one of my passions.
Sounds like a good read, just different enough to be interesting. Thanks.
Sounds like a wonderful book! Thanks for sharing the review!
I live in Austin where the Driskill Hotel is considered a treasure. And this sounds like a story I would like.
Hi Annette, It’s always good to hear from Austin readers. The Driskill is not only a great place to stay, but it’s fun to hang out in the bar and grill.
a 1950s mystery – sounds wonderful!!!!
Great review! I have added it to my must read list.
Love the Sydney Lockhart mystery series. I find myself laughing on one page and turning the next page full of suspense!
Thanks for all the wonderful comments, everyone!
We have a winner
Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher