Review: Conspiracy Connoisseur by Harvey Church

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆

What it’s about:

From the best-selling author of Alibi Aficionado and Blackmail Broker comes the next installment in Edwin Burrows’ story: Conspiracy Connoisseur!

Back home in Portland, OR, Edwin Burrows struggles with his mother’s illness, his self-pity, and the loneliness of life without the woman he loves. But when a partner at a local accounting firm inquires about his unique services, Edwin starts to surface from the dark side.

In this unique case, the firm’s wealthy clients need someone to investigate their son’s alleged murder charge. Not whether their son committed the crime (everyone is pretty sure Trevor Ramsey murdered his third wife’s lover after catching them doing the deed), but whether he was justified in doing it, or if he truly is the mentally unstable, borderline psycho that the world has made him out to be.

With his cash flow running low after paying for his mother’s care and no longer working a steady nine-to-fiver as a CPA, Edwin sees the opportunity to prove what has already been proven as easy income. So he takes the case and quickly discovers that the only person who could ever live with a psycho is, well, another psycho.

Follow Edwin’s journey into the depths of human nature, the crazy things people (Edwin included) will do in the name of love, and see whether Trevor Ramsey really was justified in killing the man that ruined his marriage.

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My Thoughts:

Harvey Church has done it again! In Conspiracy Connoisseur the third Edwin Burrows Mystery, Mr. Church is again providing readers with a cozy mystery solved by the lovable-loser accountant.

Edwin Burrows is becoming one of my all-time favorite literary characters. He is average. He isn’t successful with the ladies. He isn’t even particularly successful in his career. However, he has good intentions, a kind heart and a great, self-deprecating sense of humor.   He knows most of his shortcomings (although he is slow to understand he isn’t much of a ladies’ man).

While Edwin steadily bumbles his way through solving a murder mystery, author Harvey Church provides readers with an insiders-view of Portland, Oregon (where Edwin has relocated to care for his ailing mother). Mr. Church’s wit and wry humor pepper this series with some serious chuckles. The banter between Edwin and his sometime sidekicks, Rachel and Bentall, as well as his inner dialogue and doubts are hilarious. Throughout the book, I wondered how much character Edwin Burrows resembles author Harvey Church. Speaking of sidekicks, the sharp-tongued Rachel has a newborn named Eloise. Baby Eloise is a show-stealer, and even Edwin warms up to the chubby cherub despite her tendency to punch and slap at his face.

From the first page to the last, Conspiracy Connoisseur is an engaging page-turner. Charming characters, humor and an intriguing murder mystery make Harvey Church’s latest novel a must read!

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