Boston Scream Pie: A Paco & Molly Mystery by Rosemary & Larry Mild

Boston Scream Pie: A Paco & Molly Mystery
Rosemary & Larry Mild
Hilliard & Harris (2008)
ISBN 9781591332640
Reviewed by Leslie Granier for Reader Views (7/09)

 

Seventeen-year-old Caitlin Neuman is having a recurring nightmare involving a car accident.  Several years ago, she was the only survivor of a car accident that claimed the lives of both of her parents and her sister.  However, the visions she is seeing are not related to that accident.  Determined to find out the location of the accident in her dream, she enlists the help of Detective Paco LeSoto and his wife Molly.  While investigating, they uncover how Caitlin’s family and another family (the Bostons) had crossed paths before.

Many of the characters in this book are quite intriguing.  Trying to decipher the true nature of these individuals provided an interesting challenge. Each of them has their own agenda as to how the Boston household should be run.  Newton Boston has just married Delylah, a woman whose four previous husbands all died mysterious deaths.  Delylah’s adult children, Chester and Ellen, are quite dysfunctional and extremely dependent on her.  Trying to assimilate into the newly formed Boston household proves difficult for Newton’s children as well.  Britta, the housekeeper, is quite the spy and seems to know everyone’s business.  As their itineraries begin to clash, the resulting chaos leads to dire consequences.

The beginning of the book was a bit confusing because it seemed the author was telling two unrelated stories.  Once they began to come together, the pace picked up very quickly.  The authors include scandals, secrets, and mysteries which hold the attention of the reader.  They also use humor to entertain.  Molly often uses words in strange ways (called “Mollyprops”).  At first I did not enjoy the Mollyprops because I thought they made her seem as if she was uneducated.  However, as the story progressed I became amused as I began to recognize the play on words she was using and noting the way the other characters reacted to her.

“Boston Scream Pie” is a well-written book that tells an interesting story.  It is the third book featuring Paco and Molly.  Their charm alone is reason enough to seek out more books in which they appear.  The authors provide a good balance between those who are seeking the truth and those who are trying to cover it up.  All adults and older teenagers will enjoy this book.


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