The Sour Cherry Surprise: A Berger and Mitry Mystery

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Macmillan, Jul 8, 2008 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Something has gone very wrong on bucolic Sour Cherry Lane. A straight-arrow high school student has started throwing wild sex parties. The distinguished history professor across the lane has gone missing. His estranged wife, a popular author of children's books, is strung out on crystal meth. And the new man in her life is under surveillance by a joint federal and state drug task force.

It's not exactly a day in Yankee paradise for Desiree Mitry, the alluring resident trooper of Dorset, Connecticut. Especially when you throw in those unwelcome fainting spells she's been having ever since she broke it off with pudgy New York film critic Mitch Berger and took up again with her ex-husband, U.S. Attorney Brandon Stokes.

Mitch has moved on with his life, saying good-bye to Dorset and hello to a new high-profile television career. Not to mention a newly slimmed-down and styled self. Des is completely out of his system. Or so Mitch thinks.

Des, meanwhile, is furious to discover that a major drug cartel has been operating in Dorset right under her nose. Matters escalate when one of those troubled Sour Cherry Lane residents turns up dead. Des pursues the case in her own way. The problem is that her way gets her in way too deep. And there's only person who can possibly get her out.

The question isn't whether Mitch will ride to her rescue. The question is whether the two of them will live to tell about it.

The newest in this solidly entertaining series promises more twists and turns for the likable odd couple, and an astounding, heart-pounding conclusion.

 

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I was crushed when I read the first chapter - they had broken up! Of course, considering it's the "Berger and Mitry series," there wasn't much doubt in my mind that they would get back together over ... Read full review

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I was disappointed with this one. Generally speaking, I love David Handler's books. And there are certainly things about this one that I loved. But I kept getting distracted by the lousy editing ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
29
Section 4
43
Section 5
49
Section 6
55
Section 7
85
Section 8
89
Section 12
149
Section 13
173
Section 14
183
Section 15
189
Section 16
199
Section 17
203
Section 18
207
Section 19
223

Section 9
105
Section 10
111
Section 11
141
Section 20
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About the author (2008)

David Handler has written six 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 a 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.

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