The Sweet Golden Parachute by David Handler
A Berger and Mitry Mystery (Berger and Mitry Mysteries)

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A storm is brewing in Dorset.
 Poochie Vickers, the local aristocrat, is becoming even more eccentric in her old age. She’s taken up shoplifting and reckless driving but refuses to see a doctor. Her worrisome daughter, Claudia, is angling to take over the family fortune, which makes some of the would-be beneficiaries uneasy. Two of Dorset’s biggest troublemakers are being released from prison. And the bad blood between these two families, rich on the one hand, swamp Yankee on the other, could come to a boiling point: Two young people from the families are dating, to no one’s delight but their own.
 Someone is bound to snap, and someone does, resulting in the brutal murder of a harmless and homeless man who went about town collecting recyclables.
While Des is trying to track down the murderer, she’s also trying to wrap her head around the idea of marrying Mitch. When so many things are going wrong, loving someone seems like a big risk.
Handler’s fifth novel in this charming and edgy series displays his deftness in creating memorable, distinctive characters and for crafting uniquely entertaining mysteries.


About David Handler

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David Handler has written eight novels featuring the mismatched crime-fighting duo of Mitch Berger and Des Mitry. His first, The Cold Blue Blood, was a Dilys Award finalist and BookSense Top Ten pick. He is also the author of eight novels about the witty and dapper celebrity ghostwriter Stewart Hoag and his faithful, neurotic basset hound, Lulu, including the Edgar- and American Mystery Award--winning The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald. David lives in a two-hundred-year-old carriage house in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Published April 1, 2007 by Minotaur Books. 316 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While Mitch Berger patiently waits for Des Mitry to accept his marriage proposal, Des has mayhem on her mind.

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Rumor has it around Dorset, Conn., that film critic Mitch Berger and police trooper Desirée ""Des"" Mitry have broken up due to Mitch's ill-timed marriage proposal in their diverting fifth adventure (after 2004'sThe Burnt Orange Sunrise ).

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Mitch Berger, the pudgy Jewish New York film critic is upset.

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