MYSTERY

The Man in the Microwave Oven

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Theo Bogart, Bk. 2). Nov. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781250116208. $27.99. M
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Fleeing a family scandal in London, Theo Bogart moved to San Francisco, changed her name, bought a building, opened a bath-and-body shop, and found friends and love. Now she feels guilty about lying to her friends and lover. Somehow, Katrina Dermody, a lawyer who stirs up trouble locally, discovers Theo’s identity and threatens her. When Theo finds Katrina’s dead body, she’s actually relieved, and breaks into Katrina’s office to steal her files. She’s not the only one who breaks in, though someone chases Theo, shooting at her. Inspector Lichlyter is a little suspicious, but she already knows Theo’s identity because she was lead investigator the last time Theo was involved in a murder. Things get worse when a Ukrainian priest shows up looking for Theo’s grandfather, who followed her to the States, and Theo’s grandfather reveals he knows the man because they were both spies. When the priest ends up dead, and her grandfather is arrested, Theo develops a few investigative skills of her own.
VERDICT The follow-up to Cox’s award-winning The Man on the Washing Machine includes a delightful amateur sleuth and eccentric characters with appeal for fans of traditional mysteries. The intricate plotting will keep readers guessing.

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