Review: CORPSE AND ROBBERS by Stephen Kaminski

Imagine a cozy mystery with a housekeeper as the main character. Not unheard of. But if that housekeeper is male, it’s a whole other story. That’s what prompted me to agree to read an ARC of the latest addition to Stephen Kaminski’s Male Housekeeper Mystery series – Corpse and Robbers.

About the Book

Paul Bearer & Sons has two memorial services on the schedule, but three dead bodies. When Rusted Bonnet’s funeral home becomes the site of a murder, Cam Reddick finds himself as a prime suspect. To distance himself from the allegations, Cam must untangle a host of clever cons and mini mysteries, from corpse robbing to a fine art scam to a modern-day treasure hunt. Cam soon discovers that Paul Bearer’s more closely resembles a con artists’ colony than a funeral home. With help from his ex-wife and mother, Cam ultimately unearths the most devious and deadly ploy of all.

Giveaway

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My Review

This is a cozy mystery with a man playing the role of amateur sleuth. Cam was an interesting character – smart and sensible. Likable. Cam has inherited his mother’s housekeeping business and is kept busy handling the admin side as well as pitching in on the cleaning side, giving him a unique perspective and the dubious honor of being treated as a suspect when one of his clients is found dead. I found the storyline to be unique, with an intricate plot. There was also an abundance of characters, some more memorable than others, which were introduced early on in the story at a rapid pace. I found it a bit confusing at first, but eventually I was able to keep track of who’s who, and things fell into place. The journey to the mystery’s resolution was filled with twists and turns, making for a satisfying mystery.

This is the second book in the series, however it can easily be read as a standalone (I have not read the first book).

FTC disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this book from the publisher. This has not affect the content of my review.

About the Author

Stephen Kaminski is the author of two cozy mystery series: The Male Housekeeper Mysteries and the Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective series, both published by Cozy Cat Press.

“Corpse & Robbers” (2022) is the latest of Kaminski’s Male Housekeeper Mysteries. The first installment of the series, “An Au Pair to Remember,” was penned in 2019.

Each of Kaminski’s Damon Lassard books — “It Takes Two to Strangle” (2012), “Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk” (2013), and “Murder, She Floats” (2014) — was awarded the Reader Views Literary Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region, and Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk was named Best Classic Cozy in the 2014 Murder & Mayhem Awards and was a 2013 Chanticleer Media CLUE Award Finalist.

Stephen is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School and currently serves as the chief executive officer of a national energy association. He lives with his 120 lb Swissie, Siberian forest cat, rescue kitty, and a gaggle of occasionally tolerable but always loveable humans in Bethesda, MD.

Purchase link: Amazon

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