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Mausoleum: A Ben Abbott Mystery    by Justin Scott order for
by Justin Scott
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Poisoned Pen, 2007 (2007)
* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Ben Abbott, a real estate agent and private detective, is addicted to antique New England homes and prefers to forget that he is a convicted Wall Street felon. Living in three hundred year old Newbury, Connecticut, he cares what happens in his town.

When a newcomer has a McMausoleum erected in the historic cemetery, Abbott, is as incensed as the rest of the townsfolk and not too upset when the man is found shot to death in his locked mausoleum. The murder does, however, present problems for the tight-knit community, some of whom are reluctant to hire Abbott to investigate.

The search for the killer involves Ecuadorian immigrant workers, a Catholic priest, a local banker, Homeland Security Immigration Criminal Enforcement, the state police, as well as Newbury's own home-grown constabulary. One of the immigrant workers named Charlie is accused of the crime and a manhunt ensues. Abbott doesn't believe Charlie was responsible and conducts his own investigation based on that premise. As the plot unfolds, the reader is treated to some interesting characters who enhance the story as well as Ben's life.

Justin Scott is a prolific writer, having published twenty-four novels. Mausoleum, the fifth in his Ben Abbott series, is a fun read with a fast pace, action taking over the narrative. Newbury itself is almost a character, and a great one with its diverse residents. Poisoned Pen Press can be counted on for good reads and Mausoleum is not an exception.

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