Book Review

Double Homicide

Married mystery writers co-author book

Sometimes a twofer is a raw deal. Take Double Homicide, a collaboration by the best-selling married mystery masterminds, Jonathan and Faye Kellerman. Inside the nifty ''flip''-formatted covers (alternately giving each writer top billing) lie two novellas with two pairs of never-before-seen detectives, two locales (Santa Fe and Boston), and two drastically different murders. Sounds like a Kellermaniac's dream, right? Not exactly. Though the publisher won't say who wrote which story, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that the Santa Fe plot (the provocatively refined case of an art dealer's murder, featuring well-developed characters and evocative descriptions) is infinitely more persuasive and intelligible than the murky, lethargic Boston tale. Why fork over the beans for Boston on your way to Santa Fe? Now, that's a crime. Boston: D Santa Fe: B+

Originally posted Oct 08, 2004 Published in issue #787 Oct 08, 2004 Order article reprints