Etta Derringer delights as the wheelchair bound, tough as nails sleuth with an incomparable ability to separate fact from fiction and get to the truth of the matter. The 92 year old Etta, with the help of a sophisticated piece of technology named Mephistopheles, combines old school methods with state-of-the-art equipment to solve a complex crime.
“The Case of the Locked Apartment” was a fast moving story that captured me from the beginning and held my interest all the way to the end. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series!
Following Gwendolyn Mountainshine’s mysterious death, and especially the victim to follow, will spark investigation by authorities. It will take the partnership of Etta “Henri” Derringer and Mephistopheres to gather data and reopen the case. By the end, especially if this is the first in the series you read, she will have earned detective respect and her tough love will be graced by her soft interior.
The movie-like drama will suck you in and author Winebrenner will assist you in losing yourself. As the killer pops out in chapters, just enough to tease your senses, you will crave the killer’s identity. After Gwendolyn’s history is discovered, another piece will be added to the puzzle. While your mind races to gain closure trust me-it won’t. Right to the very end will things intrigue you. You’ll go one way- Winebrenner will go the other.
Any author that reads this will have been discipled. To everyone else, myself included, you will have tasted quality craftsmanship from this award winning professor of 33 years. Dr. Winebrenner has earned my respect and any aspiring writer will delight to sit at the feet of this scholar and breathe in fully all he has to offer. Beyond a doubt I give it a 5 star rati
Ms Mountainshine has an unexpected visitor. When she doesn’t appear in the residents’ lounge for lunch, by agreed practice one of the staff has to go and check on her. Her apartment door is locked but she’s found lying dead on the floor inside, having been stabbed with her own sword-stick. The phone had been pulled out of the wall socket. Most of the alarmed residents saw nothing, as they were dining, and they all need to ask themselves how well they had really known Gwendolyn Mountainshine. Next day events take an even worse turn, for a bedridden lady who might have seen an intruder through her window, has suffocated overnight. Clearly someone very ruthless is to blame, but how to find him, especially when the police are not certain there is anyone to blame?
Etta and her husband Randy have a superfast net-connected voice-operated computer, a gift from a grateful tycoon, and using this to solve crimes has placed them in great peril in the past. But how can they not work on the death of one of their community? In between sipping home-made calamondinade and planning travel to Key West, the sharp-eyed lady in the wheelchair begins to develop the case. As the gentle chit-chat between the couple and their friends progresses they don’t realise that even boarding a tour bus is going to have serious consequences. Randy nearly loses his life to moonshiners and Etta has another close call. Their persistence leads to a tale sixty years old and still with the power to haunt….
I’m delighted that there is another case in preparation, The Case of the Locked Nursery Rhyme. Puzzle solving is ageless, and very entertaining!