Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Monday, February 2, 2015

Poor, Poor Ophelia by Carolyn Weston



It’s the turbulent 1970s, a time of social upheaval. The generation gap has never seemed so wide and perilous, especially for veteran Santa Monica homicide detective Al Krug and his new partner, university-educated ex-surfer Casey Kellog, the youngest detective on the force. A woman’s corpse is found floating in the bay with a law firm’s business card, sealed in plastic, strung around her neck. Krug and Kellog have to solve the bizarre and gruesome murder…if they don’t kill each other first.

Review by Rochelle Weber:

I was ready to lop off a rose from this book, because I didn’t see how a book published in 2015 could possibly have become the hit TV series “The Streets of San Francisco.”  That program premiered in the early 1970s while I was in the Navy, stationed at Oak Knoll, the Navy Hospital in Oakland, California, across the Bay from San Francisco, and I loved it.  Initially it starred Karl Malden and Michael Douglas, but then Michael was replaced by Richard Hatch, which is when I fell in lust with Richard.  That lust turned to love a few years ago when I met Richard at a sci-fi convention and discovered he’s a really nice guy who gives wonderful hugs.  He went on (eventually) to play Captain Apollo in the 1980’s version of Battlestar Gallactica.  But, I digress.

It turns out this is a reprint of a book that originally came out in the very early 1970s.  The book, however, takes place in LA, not San Francisco.  The writer who adapted the book for TV made a few changes.  So, anomally cleared up.  The young woman whose body is found in the ocean spent the previous weekend with an attorney.  Krug is sure the lawyer is the murderer, but Kellog isn’t so sure.  He continues to investigate the case even after Krug declares everything’s over but the shouting, so to speak, believing the attorney’s claim he’s being framed.  As usual, I kind of figured out who’d done it and why fairly early on, but that’s me.  That’s how I’d write it.  There are enough red herrings to keep people guessing until the very twisty end, as well as plenty of fog rolling in off the ocean to create eerie landscapes for the cops to work in.  Gotta love foghorns.  They sound so eerie, especially in a murder mystery.  This is a wonderful classic noir not to be missed.

Length:  210Pages
Hardcover:  $6.11
Paperback:  $10.79
Digital:  $4.99

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Thanks for visiting. Rose, Julie, Donna, & Rochelle

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