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A series of blizzards and a crime wave disturb the blue-blooded residents of Dorset, Conn., in Handler's winning ninth mystery featuring odd couple state trooper Desiree Mitry and film critic Mitch Berger (after 2011's The Blood Red Indian Summer). Somebody is stealing mail in Dorset's picturesque historic district, with prescription drugs being the main target. At the center of the ensuing investigation is Josie Cantro, a life coach who gives new meaning to the term "hands on" therapy and who now has two dead clients, both apparent suicides. State police, postal inspectors, the FBI, and DEA become involved and create a rancorous and inept task force, prompting Mitry and Berger to combine their formidable talents to try to ferret out a truly malevolent killer. The town's quirky and charming characters as well as Berger's sage comments on vintage movies more than compensate for the convoluted plot. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Connecticut trooper Des Mitry becomes involved when mail and other items are being stolen from curbside boxes, and the local postmaster, Paulette Zander, is reluctant to report the matter to postal inspectors, fearing their small-town customs will be misunderstood. Des agrees to investigate if Paulette reports the crimes, and she soon learns that in addition to holiday packages and cash, prescription medications are also disappearing from the mailboxes. Then troubled Bryce Peck commits suicide. When a second suspicious-looking suicide occurs, Des begins to wonder whether all the cases are connected, and it soon turns out there may be a link to organized crime. Assisted by a task force including officers from the Connecticut State Police, the FBI, as well as her film-critic boyfriend, Mitch Berger, Des solves the cases but not before Mitch is in terrible danger. Police procedure frames this complex tale set in small-town Dorset, Connecticut. An appealing mix of procedural and cozy.--O'Brien, Sue Copyright 2010 Booklist