Murder in Greasepaint: A Rock Cobbler Case by Whiskey Leavins
Trade Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: Independently published (March 30, 2022)
“STOP IT! We’re not clowning around here. Just put it down, why don’t you?” I used my best cop voice.
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
The first thing you notice with Murder in Greasepaint is another very cool painted cover by Rafael Andres. Andres also did the cover to Leavins’ first book, The Devil’s Own Piss. I’m happy to see this partnership continue.
Rock Cobbler is a detective with the Santa Lacrimosa PD. An apparent suicide at the local clown college, gets Cobbler’s number called. What looks to be an open and shut case turns out to be murder. Rob Sofritas aka Mr. Rubadubdub was tortured, stabbed and then thrown from his dorm window.
Sofritas was well-liked and had a bright future in clowning. Did jealousy lead to Sofritas’ murder? He also came from money. Blackmail gone wrong? Then there’s the nasty rumor about Sofritas’ affiliation with a clown faction and their legendary fights to gain control of an artifact that supposedly gives power to those who posses it. Did Softitas have the item?
With so many leads, Cobbler seeks the assistance of Professor Wiggles aka Corine D’Ambrosia. From their first encounter, Cobbler finds himself attracted to her. She’s beautiful, smart and also a suspect. D’Ambrosia may have nothing to do with the murder, or she may be setting Cobbler up for a fatal pratfall. One thing’s for sure, clowning ain’t no joke.
Hat’s off to Whiskey Leavins for finding the perfect balance of suspense and humor. While we meet many colorful characters, they’re believable because of the way Leavins presents them. The situations are humorous and sometimes silly, but we never lose sight that the danger is real. I was especially impressed with the exchanges between Cobber and D’Ambrosia. They reminded me of the flirting patter we’d get in an old Bogart/Bacall film. Also kudos to Leavins for bringing back three characters from The Devil’s Own Piss.
Whiskey Leavins has another winner. This is his second novel in a row that has earned my top rating. I hope he goes for a trifecta. Murder in Greasepaint earns 5 of 5 stars.
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