McMansion by Justin Scott
(Ben Abbott)

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Even the cozy New England town of Newbury, Connecticut, is not immune to the relentless spread of McMansions carpeting the countryside. Ben Abbott, realtor and private detective, is so incensed that he refuses to sell them. That Ben is not the only citizen of Newbury who is provoked by over-sized, ugly, wasteful houses becomes apparent when the corpse of Billy Tiller, Newbury's greediest developer, is discovered underneath his bulldozer.

The young and troubled eco-activist Jeff Kimball, who is arrested while sitting at the controls of the bulldozer, protests his innocence. Connecticut's state's attorney sees the opportunity to prosecute an open-and-shut TV murder trial that will vault him into the U.S. Senate. While Ira Levy, the small-town criminal defense lawyer hired by Jeff's hip-hop mogul father, longs to impress movers and shakers in New York City.

Ben Abbott, deep in debt to Attorney Levy for an expensive horse he gave to 12-year-old Alison, is forced to pay off the debt by trying to prove Jeff Kimball innocent of a crime that State Police Major Crime Squad Lieutenant Marian Boyce styles "perpetrator on bulldozer on victim."

It looks that way, says Ben Abbott. But in what order did they really stack up?
 

About Justin Scott

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Justin Scott is the author of twenty-two novels. He has been called the Dick Francis of yachting. In his other life as a mystery writer, he created the Ben Abbott detective series and was twice nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in American history. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, the filmmaker Amber Edwards.
 
Published November 20, 2013 by Great Scott! eBooks. 265 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Increasingly convinced the boy is innocent, he wants to find the actual killer, and he doesn’t care how many influential citizens, from a cuckolded husband to a corrupt judge to the client’s father, he has to confront before he shakes loose a lead.

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Justin Scott's fourth book featuring realtor and private investigator Ben Abbott, McMansion, is a rather loosely constructed mystery populated with characters that seem more contrived than real.

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Reviewing the Evidence

It seems as though Ben is related to almost everyone in town, His Frenchtown relatives come in handy when it is time to look on the shady side of things, but he is also well-connected on the old Yankee side.

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As he asks questions and searches for persons who might have had a murderous grudge against the dead man, Abbott finds that the most meaningful information does not come from Tiller's checkered business operations.

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Review: Justin Scott's 4th book featuring realtor and private investigator Ben Abbott, McMansion, is a rather loosely constructed mystery populated with characters that seem more contrived than real.

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