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Real estate magnet James Bonner is murdered in his office after his New Year's Eve Party. The widow has a long-standing grudge. The son has gambling debts, and a couple of low life thugs are hanging around. Why? Is it the kid's gambling debt or something more sinister? One-time cop turned private eye Milo Rathkey just had his life turned upside down. That's why he was invited to the party. That's why he talked with the soon to be corpse. And that's why the cops want him in on the investigation. Mary Alice it was a great party...sorry about the murder.

©2018 Harvey Goldberg, Alyce Goldberg (P)2018 Harvey Goldberg, Alyce Goldberg

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Great, fun book!

In <strong>Great Party! Sorry about the Murder!</strong> by D.B. Elrogg, life for private investigator Milo Rathkey of Duluth, Minnesota is about to undergo a major change. One minute he is getting punched by the man he is tailing, and the next he has inherited $15 million and half a huge estate. By the end of the day he has moved into the first floor of Lakesong, where he grew up as the son of the cook, with the second floor's being occupied by Sutherland McKnight, the son of his benefactor John McKnight. Word of Milo's windfall spreads quickly among the top tier of Duluth, and by the next day Milo has received an invitation from neighbor Mary Alice Bonner to the New Year's Eve party of the year.

At the party, Milo meets many prominent businesspeople and some artists and finds the hostess to be as charming as the host is belligerent. As the administrative assistant is getting ready to leave, she picks up the phone and hears someone threaten to kill James Bonner, her boss. When Milo goes to check on Bonner's well-being, the house owner threatens him with a gun. The next morning, Milo learns that James Bonner has been murdered with his own gun, and Lt. Graham gets Milo to help him solve the murder.

I really had a fun time listening to <strong>Great Party! Sorry about the Murder!</strong>. The title caught my attention with its creativity, and the story kept me guessing throughout. The plot was incredibly creative, from its premise to its action throughout. I appreciated the many angles and twists of this mystery.

Even better than the mystery plot, though, were the characters and their interaction with each other. It may seem less than credible for a multi- millionaire to leave half his fortune to a man he has seen only once in the 30 years since he left the older man's home, but Elrogg makes this point believable. Even less likely would be for the son of such a man to happily split his fortune with a man he has never met and invite the man to move into his home, but once again, the situation as set up by Elrogg makes this seem believable as well. The two men grow personally through each other's influence, with each teaching the other new things about John McKnight and the estate. One fun scene involves a visit to the vault, where the uptight Sutherland discovers his childhood train set and plays with the chef's younger brothers like a boy once again himself. The pair of men work together to solve the mystery, each using his personal gifts to contribute to the solution.

Tom Lennon performs the audio version of this book, and he is very well suited to the narration of this book. With a gruff baritone voice, Lennon sounds perfect for the role of Milo Rathkey. He uses good expression without going overboard, in the mode of how I picture American golden age mystery books sounding.

I had a really great time listening to <strong>Great Party! Sorry about the Murder!</strong>. The book had a strong storyline and great characters. My only complaint about the book is that it ends with a cliffhanger, and I strongly dislike cliffhangers, which I feel seeks to manipulate readers into buying the next book. Fortunately, I already had decided that I want to listen to the next book when it comes out, so I give the book five stars.

<strong>Disclaimer:</strong> I received this book from the narrator at no cost, but that in no way affected the content of my review.

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Great Mystery Story!

This was an excellent book. It had a great mix of mystery, twists and turns, and characters. Unlike some murder mysteries the story kept moving along. While listening to the book, I didn’t feel like there were any parts that were dragging along. The writing was creative and pulled away from some of the “standard” murder mystery books but it also didn’t seem like it was so out of there that it was unbelievable. I enjoy stories that don’t follow the norm and this was one of them. Milo was a good strong character and seemed the perfect kind of character you’d expect in a book like this.

The narrator was great too! He didn’t do anything that distracted or took away from the story. The audio was nice and smooth making it a great book to listen to.

I was provided a free copy of this book at my request for honest and unbiased review.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Ends with a Great Twist!

So many motives for murder! I loved how this book by D.B. Elrogg pulled me into the story. Being from Minnesota, I could visualize so much of the grand mansion houses from Duluth and the winter blizzards. The book has a very creative plot, unique characters, vivid imagery and so many unexpected twists. This book is a standalone listen and start of a series. It does end in a cliffhanger, but has the murder solved. Milo is a very likable character, who is a PI turned millionaire. Tom Lennon did a great performance with this book. I liked how he had distinguished voices for the various characters. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. The ending was spectacular!

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 07-01-18

Loved this listen!!

I had no idea what I was getting into with this listen. I loved the title and thought it would be fun. It was!

First off, Milo is one heck of a character. He is a retired-cop-turned-private-eye and had some rough edges. It was really special to watch him try to figure out his new place in the world with all of the money he inherited.

This story is well-written. It's a murder mystery but there was so much levity in the story that I forgot sometimes. I really like that this is book one in a series because I loved everyone and want to meet them again.

The narrator was awesome. There was a bit of special about all of the characters in this story and Lennon was in tune with them all.

The whodunnit was multi-layered and not really known until the very satisfying end. I can't imagine the fun yet to be had in book two.

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Fun Cozy Mystery!

This was a great cozy mystery. An unexpected inheritance causes detective Milo to co-own a mansion along with the wealthy owner's son, Sutherland. Milo quickly goes from debt to wealth. As part of his new status, Milo accompanies Sutherland to a wealthy neighbor's New Years Eve party. The nasty husband of the host is murdered and Milo and the police line up the suspects. Everyone seems to have a motive. This story was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it. Hopefully, this will be the first story in a series! I was gifted a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Nice twist at the end!

Milo goes from following spouses to living high and solving a really interesting murder. An every man kind of PI with keen insight.

Will be looking forward to the next in the series.

I thought the narrator delivered this with exactly the right tine for the character.

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FUN MYSTERY, CREATIVE WHODUNNIT

This is an awesome twist to the Cozy Mystery Novel, it's well-written, fun/entertaining, awesome characters, great story/plot, and great narration. I really have no complaints about it at all. Love the premise for the story, and although cliffhangers drive me insane LOL, I loved it and can't wait to listen to the next one. It's definitely worth reading/listening to, I very much enjoyed it! :)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • norman
  • burlington, nc, United States
  • 07-10-18

Entertaining murder mystery

This is an entertaining murder mystery.. The combination of likable characters and a plethora of suspects makes for an enjoyable read. Tom Lennon did an excellent job with all the voices, especially Milo, the central character.. His narration was effective without being intrusive. This is a very good introduction to the Milo Rathkey series.

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Will be looking for the next in the series

I love series cozy's. This one is unique as any detective with the name of Milo from Duluth should be.

Once you get past the kind of far fetched sudden accumulation of wealth he experiences, the murder itself keeps you guessing right to the end with a final chapter twist you probably won't see coming.

For me Lennon sounds just like a Milo, though I am not sure what that even means.

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A 5* Murder mystery

Great Party! Sorry About the Murder! (A Milo Rathkey Mystery).. Great read so good in fact I wish book 2 was out now.
Brilliant characters, Storyline with lots of clues so if your really on the ball you can solve it yourself, if not then by the end you'll look at it and think why didn't I.
A real 5* mystery from a debut author (I think)
Tom Lennon adds so much to the characters I only hope he narrates the next one.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 06-28-18

What wine goes best with onion rings?

Simply a superb listen!
Milo Rathkey, an ex-cop, now struggling financially as a private eye, unexpectedly finds himself rich, the lucky beneficiary of fifteen million dollars and half of the large estate where he grew up. He also finds a friend, the son of the man who treated him so generously in his will and the owner of the other half of his new home.
This absolutely delightful murder mystery is full of characters, from the powerful and wealthy world of business and law, the low life of the city and the cops with whom Milo is very familiar. Great conversations, not the smart ass repartee of some slick detective stories but much more true to life light hearted or cynical replies. There is an especially enjoyable poker evening...
As the story ranges far and wide through Milo's coming to terms with his unexpected good fortune, and aquaintances old and new, he also finds himself in the position of consultant to the police when the unpleasantly belligerent husband of the host of a New Year's party he is attending, is found murdered. With so many suspects, it is going to be a hard case to solve.

The clues are there. The reader can try to work it out in a good, old fashioned who-dun-it? One enclosed in an excellent setting. Narrator Tom Lennon is a perfect choice to carry the story. His quite deep voice has a warmth and resonance, good intonation and understanding of the text. A lot of characters to voice but each one is given a distinctiveness and one which fits their personalities. A good performance which further brings an already vibrant book to greater life. My one reservation is that there should have been a greater pause between changes of scene within the chapters. But this is a minor quibble.

Good mystery to solve amidst great characters and wider background story, full of interest and humour. My sincere thanks to the rights holder of Great Party, Sorry About the Murder, who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. From the little tweak at the very end there must be another Milo book to follow. I, personally, await it with great anticipation.
Highly recommended.

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