Author: Chris Hammer
Publisher: The Fine Line (May 15, 2013)
Reviewer: Dana Micheli
There’s nothing better than a murder mystery that can keep you guessing and laughing at the same time. Chris Hammer’s new novel, Family Can Be Murder, does just that. This fast-paced thriller is a wonderful combination of family drama, skeletons in the closet, and good, old-fashioned suspense.
Jane Grotto, the star of the story, isn't looking for any trouble. She is content to run her car repo business, have Sunday dinners at her parents' house and hang out with Fred, her feisty but good-natured Chihuahua. But when Jane's favorite cousin is accused of murder, trouble finds her. As she races to prove his innocence, she stumbles into a closet full of family secrets, one of which is definitely worth killing for. Jane isn't looking for romance either, but when sexy NYPD detective Lou Lotedo shows up on the scene...well, let's just say there's only so much temptation a good Catholic girl can resist.
Like any book you can't put down, Family Can Be Murder is over far too soon. Luckily for us, it is only the first installment of the Dysorganized Crime Series. Jane and Fred return in the second book, due out this fall. Part of the proceeds go to funding Irving House, the organization Hammer founded four years ago for the care of senior and special needs animals. Family Can Be Murder is available on Amazon, Goodreads, and Kobo, as well as through the Irving House website.