Hold Me Down

Polis. Oct. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781951709518. $26.99. M
Simon’s (“Witch Cats of Cambridge”) latest is a 1990s-set rock and roll mystery. Musician Gal Raver was only supposed to be in Boston for a few days to attend a memorial concert honoring her friend Aimee, who has recently passed away from cancer. But Gal’s plans change when someone from her past turns up dead: her band’s first roadie, Thomas Kennedy, aka T.K., has been killed behind the venue for the benefit concert. Aimee’s husband is soon arrested for his murder. Gal takes a walk down memory lane to learn why someone would kill T.K. and discovers that more happened during her rock and roll days than she realized.
VERDICT A mystery that explores character motivations rather than the murder itself. For fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Janet Evanovich.
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