Accident (The Charlotte Smart Mystery Series)
2nd in Series
Setting – Pennsylvania
Publisher : Hawkshaw Press (September 22, 2021)
Print length : 174 pages
ASIN : B09CMXJ32H
Charlotte returns to solve another case in the second installment of the Charlotte Smart Mystery Series.
Greg Smart, Charlotte’s brother, has flown in from California for his big sister Charlotte’s 70th birthday. Charlotte, the previous year, solved a murder when Greg visited her at her retirement village.
The police officer who took a shine to her during the prior case has just asked Charlotte to take a look at a baffling hit and run “accident” that has left one victim dead. Charlotte weeps to discover that the victim is a child, and the second victim, the child’s older sister, is injured. Charlotte agrees to help immediately, and as soon as the two meet the child bonds with Charlotte who takes her under her wing. Charlotte will not let this child be hurt again. Meanwhile Greg continues to have an unexpectedly interesting love life while he and Charlotte work together to help to piece the child’s life and family back together by bringing a murderer to justice.
About Stan Charnofsky
Stan is a wonderful man. He just turned 90, and he just retired from teaching at Cal State Northridge (CSUN), and was their oldest and longest-serving faculty ever. He taught marriage and family counseling, and was once, briefly, a Yankee, and was also, for about 10 years, the baseball coach at CSUN. He is a lovely man with many students indebted to him. He also wears butterflies. Many decades ago students started gifting him with butterfly pins; he has hundreds, and every day he pins one on. I know he is older but he is still writing and is a vital and lovely person.
Website – https://stanthemanwrites.com
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In “ACCIDENT” Stan Charnofsky has written a complex, convaluted mystery that has a ton of suspects who dance into and out of the lime light as the elderly Ms Charolette Smart, crime solver extraordinaire, pulls their strings. Two young girls are mowed down by a hit and run driver as they dart across the street to see their long-absent Daddy on the other side. One of them dies. Was it an accident…or murder? Who is to blame? The other child is silent from trauma, terrified from abuse. Who is responsible for this atrocity? Husband number one or two? Boyfriend, jealous friend, the school teachers or principal, careless Mom, angry grandmother, or a host of others. It was impossible to untwist this mystery, and yet I knew there MUST be a solution.
The narrator of the story is none other than Greg Smart, the crime solver’s younger brother. (He’s a bit of a dirty-old man, in my opinion, and, oh, by the way, there IS a lot of bad language in this “cozy” book.) Greg watches, hears, sees, and sometimes deduces, but Charlotte is always one step ahead of him, as well as the police, who seem to aid her in numerous helpful ways. In a very “Christie” style deneuement, each thread of crime and criminal is meticulously untangled, and, well, when the smoke clears, the guilty are exposed. FOUR STARS for the plot, THREE STARS for the telling of it.
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