A detective in New York named Ed McCuen will pay any price necessary to prevent murderers from operating in his city. Even though he has seen his fair share of action and solved his fair share of cases, occasionally new problems arise that he is unable to resolve. In similar circumstances, he works with eccentric mathematician Anselm Winterbottom, who has experienced his fair share of tragedy.
Winterbottom has a unique mentality that enables him to spot signs that others would overlook. When McCuen begs Winterbottom for assistance with three odd cases, secrets are made public, lives are lost and saved, and both McCuen and Winterbottom are forced to reflect on what it actually means to act morally.
It would be more accurate to describe “A Death Most Quiet” as three murder mysteries together, even though it is a murder mystery. All of the mysteries are creative and left the reader wondering who the criminal is and whether or not they will be apprehended.
In addition, the book does a good job of immersing the reader in McCuen and Winterbottom’s emotional journey as they experience their eventual confrontation. Major story details shouldn’t be revealed in a review, but I can say that the solutions to all three riddles caught me off guard and kept me guessing right up until the very end.
One could argue that the crime reporter’s character was a little underdeveloped, but this is a minor quibble. The mystery had few plot holes, and readers kept turning the pages to learn the solution. Give A Death Most Quiet a try if you enjoy Sherlock Holmes with a contemporary twist or books by authors like Harlan Coben. You won’t be let down, in my opinion.
About The Book
A Death Most Quiet details the riveting criminal investigations of Captain Edward McCuen as he leads the NYPD’s Crime Scene Unit on a relentless pursuit of three elusive serial killers. With the help of his team, McCuen follows a trail of mysterious murders alongside an eccentric mathematician named Anselm Winterbottom, who McCuen has secretly leveraged as an investigatory consultant.
The two men have a turbulent friendship, and it soon becomes clear that Winterbottom’s ultimate aim is far from altruistic. While their alliance is tested, a crime reporter seeks touncover the true identity of the man who is helping McCuen. As the hunters become the hunted, this three-part crime thriller delves into the dark corners of human nature, murder, and madness, staged amidst the landmarks of New York City, and the cultural treasures of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A Death Most Quiet
This was such a well written book. The author has a great understanding of human nature. This page turning conflict is interwoven with art, history, and those mysterious things that keep you questioning what comes next. I would not be surprised if this turns into a Netflix series. Jeff Hahn's novel is perfect for those who enjoy either a murder mystery, a psychological police procedural, or a tale where the protagonists are all too human in ways that affect the investigation. If you are two of those three, don't delay-- this is your next fun read.
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