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Milwaukee Summers Can Be Deadly    by Kathleen Anne Barrett order for
Milwaukee Summers Can Be Deadly
by Kathleen Anne Barrett
Order:  USA  Can
Worldwide Mystery, 2001 (1997)
Hardcover, Paperback
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

This is Kathleen Anne Barrett's second novel featuring ex-attorney turned legal researcher Beth Hartley. When a local CPA is murdered, the man's son begs Hartley to find the murderer. The ensuing search takes the reader on a wonderful tour of Milwaukee, a city the author obviously loves.

The mystery abounds with suspects, which at times are hard to keep straight, as the murdered man was a womanizer. But the author has the ability to recap events and characters without confusing the issue or giving a feeling of repetition. The story moves at a good clip and action is packed succinctly into the pages. I found it easy to identify with the character of Beth Hartley. Though I couldn't seem to get a handle on her appearance, I liked her and her manner of moving with purpose and alacrity.

Milwaukee Summers Can Be Deadly is a real page-turner as was the author's first novel, Milwaukee Autumns Can Be Lethal. I hope Barrett continues through more seasons in Milwaukee.

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