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Friday, June 24, 2022

Literary Selection of the Week: Mac McKenzie’s Back in ‘Something Wicked’

Nina crawled after me and kissed the mark on my shoulder where shrapnel had hit me when a bomb exploded in a friend’s truck. He kissed the collarbone that was broken when I stepped out of a two-story building so that I wouldn’t be blown away by another bomb and scratched the top of my head where he used two dime-sized pieces to get rid of an epidermal hematoma. Burr holes were drilled. That’s when I was almost put to death. At the same time his fingers were dancing on the hole in my back where I was shot.

The paragraph above tells readers what they need to know about the past 18 adventures of Rushmore “Mac” McKenzie. He’s in a lot of trouble. Now, thanks to author David Housewright, Cretin High School graduate and St. Thomas University, Mackenzie is back in “Something Wicked.”

McKenzie was a detective in the St. Paul Police Department and became a millionaire by solving a crime. Although he retired from the force, he is rich enough to do the occasional casual “favour” to a friend.

In Mackenzie’s 19th case, his wife, Nina Truhler, who owns a jazz club on St. Paul’s Cathedral Hill, retiring after coming out of a coma in “What Don’t Kill Us” (winner of a coveted Edgar Award) Insisted.

In “Something Wicked”, Nina has to ask Mackenzie to come out of retirement once again when her former employee, Janines Crawford, asks for help. Her family owns a century-old castle on a lake near the South Dakota border near Redding, Minn. Her grandmother Tess Redding died in a locked bedroom and Jenness thinks one of her three aunts or two uncles killed her mother so that they could sell Redding Castle to a developer for $1 million each. to go with more. The police do not agree, saying that the old woman died of natural causes.

This family is a bunch of quarrels. Big Ben, Janine’s uncle, is having an affair, and his wife, Olivia, also dominates. His aunt Carly just wants money and doesn’t talk about it in a ladylike manner. Aunt Eden cares about peace and justice, and Anna is a professor at Southwest State University. They all have secrets.

David Housewright
David Housewright

The Housewife touches on contemporary America through Mackenzie’s comments:

,perfect World Looked bright and carefree – until you looked closely. Then you could see the masks that some civilians wore against the pandemic and the child handed out flyers promoting racism and the dueling campaign signs confirming conflicting political views that would have allowed no compromise. And you will realize how deceptive appearances can be.

That kid on the corner belongs to a small white supremacist group, the Sons of Europa, which worships Nordic gods and is headquartered on the lake where guards stand with automatic rifles. What are they up to? Were they responsible for the cross burning in the palace grounds?

The fun in the book comes when the city’s police chief, Deidre Gardner, walks the page. A tall, fit African American, she was McKenzie’s colleague in the Twin Cities. His joke is funny, especially as Dee Mack continues to call “Jessica” after Angela Lansbury’s portrayal of amateur small-town detective Jessica Fletcher.

Chief Gardner hires Mackenzie as an informal consultant as they question suspects and follow up on leads. The story goes a notch further when a sibling is killed and two priceless paintings are stolen from the palace.

This is the first book in this series that gives us a good deal of information about Nina, which is in much more evidence on these pages than in the previous books. She is smart, agile, beautiful, in love with her husband and is a good business advisor to Janines, who wants to find out how Mahal can make money so that her aunt and uncle can’t sell the place where she lives. loves.

As always, Mackenzie’s inner thoughts are set in italics, giving us insight into what he is thinking and feeling.

A mystery involving two dead people can’t really be called a fun read. But there’s something easy and cheeky about “Something Wicked” that makes this perfect dock/patio/porch read in summer.

Housewright will present her novel (Minotaur Books, $26.99) on Thursday, May 26 at 6 p.m. at Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Avenue, St. Paul. For ticket information visit nexchapterbooksellers.com. That Once Upon a Crime, 604 w. Will also take place at noon on 26th St., Saturday, June 4.

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