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Brooklyn Graves: An Erica Donato Mystery    by Triss Stein order for
Brooklyn Graves
by Triss Stein
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

A brutally murdered family man kicks off this intriguing mystery. Series protagonist Erica Donato is an art history grad student. She discovers a wealth of letters written home by a Tiffany worker over a hundred years ago.

Erica works at a history museum in Brooklyn and is, at the moment, in the throes of trying to do her own work; read these very charming letters to gain the personal history that must be contained in them; and fulfil the demands of an arrogant expert visiting the museum, with orders to follow the visitor's wishes.

While trying to take him to see a mausoleum's large and very old Tiffany windows, she is thwarted by being turned back. Something is going on. But what?

The background of this mystery is a book in itself. The history of the old cemetery reveals a way of life of a bygone era. Then compare that with the everyday life of modern Brooklyn. Fascinating.

The way that yesterday's lives interact with today's makes for some really interesting reading. I truly enjoyed the reading of the hundred year-old letters. Oh, yeah, the mystery ain't bad, either.

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