Ukulele of Death

Severn House. (Fran and Ken Stein Mystery, Bk. 1). May 2023. 240p. ISBN 9781448309702. $31.99. M
Siblings Fran and Ken Stein were orphaned at a young age and as adults have become PIs who help people find their families. A new client wants to find her father; all she knows about him is that he collects rare musical instruments. When the client is murdered, Fran becomes determined to finish the case and find the father. To her surprise, there are connections to her own parents, who were scientists doing advanced medical research when they died in a car crash. This research might be related to the USB ports both siblings have under their arms. Masked figures attempt to kidnap Fran and Ken as they work to find out just what is going on and who is behind it while at the same time allowing themselves to feel the slightest bit of hope that their parents may not in fact be dead.
VERDICT With an enjoyable mix of sci-fi and mystery elements, Copperman’s latest (after And Justice for Mall) features an intriguing and likable pair of detectives whose complementary skills help them survive and thrive and maybe even find their family.
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