Cold, Cold Mystery: Good Summer Reading

Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley

This is one fine debut mystery. And it’s got hockey in it, so if that’s your thing, you’ll be in hog heaven. For me, hockey decidedly is not my thing, but I found that it provided a great backdrop here.

This is one of those mysteries I love. Two reasons why:

1. It’s a first person narrative. (Why in the name of all that is holy would anyone choose any other narrative form in a mystery, with Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mysteries being the obvious exceptions?)

2. It involves a Mystery From The Past. (While I would completely despise something lying dormant for decades and then rising up to bite me in the butt, I simply adore it when this happens in fiction.)

Gus Carpenter is our thirtysomething narrator. He’s a journalist by day, hockey goalie by night. He’s back in his hometown of Starvation Lake, Michigan, after Something Bad destroyed his career at a big Detroit newspaper. So he’s back in the town he was eager to flee after his mishap caused his hockey team to lose the state championship. He’s the editor of the small town paper, and he has a gung-ho young reporter named Joanie who is eager to make a name for herself.

So when the snowmobile belonging to Coach Blackburn, the locally revered hockey coach, surfaces from the lake where he drowned many years before, Joanie senses a story—and the locals all feel quite stunned by the accident rearing its ugly head again.

Needless to say, everything ain’t what it seems… Just when I thought everything had been revealed, I still had one-third of the book to go… and there was more to discover.

Yowser! Good book.