The Fruitcake Murders by Ace Collins was the first mystery I’ve read in a long time. It’s different from the mysteries I normally read but I loved it. This is the perfect book for a snowy day. It felt like I was watching one of those old – time black and white specials. It isn’t full of blood and gore but more of a good clean mystery fun.
The book takes place in 1946 Chicago during Christmas. Lane Walker is a homicide detective who is trying to figure out how three men are murdered and the only clue that ties them together is a twenty –year- old tin of fruitcake. You meet many characters in this book that will jump out at you. The dialogue between everyone keeps you on your toes. There’s tension between Lane and Tiffany which eludes to a sordid past. Tiffany Clayton is a country girl who is trying to make it big as a reporter. She longs for Lane and you can tell he does too but whenever they’re together they are always snapping each other’s head off and we have no idea why.
There’s witty banter and scenes that make you sit on the edge of your such as gun chases in dark abandoned alleys. The historical references were spot on (I’m a history major so that’s something I look for). This book makes you feel every emotion from remorse and angry to jealousy and loneliness. Each character has their own story that you learn in the book which you don’t find in many books. It really helps gives you the bigger idea around all the characters and who they are.
This is literally the perfect book to pick up during the cold winter nights. It’s just one of those books that make you want to snuggle down in a big blanket and not get back up until its over.
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