Monday, June 11, 2007

Mystery Book Review: Trial and Error by Paul Levine

Mysterious ReviewsMysterious Reviews, mysteries reviewed by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, has written a review of Trial & Error by Paul Levine. For our blog readers, we are printing it first here in advance of its publication on our website.Trial & Error by Paul Levine

Trial & Error by
A Solomon vs. Lord Mystery

Bantam Books (Mass Market Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-440-24276-2 (0440242762)
ISBN-13: 978-0-440-24276-5 (9780440242765)
Publication Date: May 2007
List Price: $6.99

Synopsis (from the publisher): When Steve Solomon is awakened from a sound sleep beside his lover and law partner, Victoria Lord, the last thing he expects is to find himself in a high-speed chase against dolphin-kidnapping ecoterrorists on Jet Skis. But that is what you get when your nephew hangs out at water parks and speaks cetacean–a.k.a. dolphin. By morning, a person is dead and Steve has a new client: none other than one of the animal liberators. There’s just one loophole: Victoria is on the case too—on the opposite side.

Review: Trial & Error is the fourth, and, according to author Paul Levine, last mystery in this entertaining series featuring law partners and lovers Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord.

Steve's nephew Bobby Solomon, who lives with Steve and Victoria, is a precocious thirteen-year-old who loves dolphins and baseball, and who sneaks out at night to talk with his favorite dolphins, Misty and Spunky, at Cetacean Park in . One night the dolphins are being stolen from the park so Bobby calls Steve to try to rescue them. Steve arrives in time to capture one of the thieves and witness another being shot to death. The others had a large boat to load the dolphins and take them out to sea. Steve was too late to help them. Soon the law partner lovers are on the opposite sides of the legal system. Steve is the defense council for a not so bright animal rights activist who he captured on the night of the theft, and Victoria has been named the prosecutor by the order of the State’s Attorney. Both think they have a slam dunk case. But do they?

Though basically a courtroom drama between Steve and Victoria, Trial & Error has its share of light moments. The characters are frequently being funny and irreverent, throwing barbs at each other and at the judge. There is also a comedic scene with Steve trying to make Bobby a great pitcher for his team. It's all very fast-paced and humorous.

A light, breezy read, Trial & Error is entertaining and witty with lots of laughs, but no surprises as to the mystery behind the stolen dolphins.

Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of for contributing her review of Trial & Error and to Authors on the Web for providing a copy of the book for this review.

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