Book Review: Dead Stock by Tim Hall
December 16, 2013
The Book: Dead Stock
The Author: Tim Hall
The Story: Meet Bert Shambles, a perpetually confused young man whose life mirrors his surname. He is stuck back in his suburban Long Island hometown, enduring a three-year suspended sentence for an act of chivalry gone terribly wrong. He works part-time at a church thrift shop and makes extra money by selling “dead stock”—vintage clothes that have never been worn—to a local boutique.
On a routine pick up for the store, Bert learns that the widow of a recently deceased pro golfer is offering a reward for the return of her dead husband’s favorite putter—and an even bigger reward for proof that her husband was murdered. Bert jumps at the chance, and soon finds himself being chased by a violent, van-driving maniac, romantically involved with a mobster’s daughter, and quite possibly being set up to take the fall by his probation officer and crazy ex-girlfriend. As the forces of good and evil close in around him, Bert must race to clear his name and discover the truth so he doesn’t wind up in prison…or worse.
Filled with twists, turns, and unforgettable characters, and propelled by a truly lovable hero and wicked sense of humor, Dead Stock heralds the arrival of a wonderful new mystery series.
MY REVIEW: In this book we meet Bert Shambles who’s trying to keep his nose clean while finishing up his probation after a stint in jail a local parishioner went the extra mile for Bert and offered him steady employment while he finished out his term. Bert works for a local thrift shop picking up clothes and other items people donate.
The book starts out with Bert heading to pick up a dead stock of clothing that belonged to Corky Healey a pro-golfer who died recently. Although Mrs. Healey is adamant that her husband was murdered as one of his golf clubs is also missing.
This book was full of what we see with many cozy mysteries, action and adventure and a big who killed Corky! I enjoyed meeting Bert and the people he interacts with. What I also enjoyed is that Bert isn’t a typical sleuth. He has served time, which makes him more like a criminal in thinking like one. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
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