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The next clever, witty, and touching installment in the Edgar award-winning Stewart Hoag mystery series finds the beloved ghostwriter-sleuth and his faithful neurotic basset hound, Lulu, back in 1990’s New York City, investigating a bestselling author’s stolen manuscript and three murders linked to the crime. Washed-up celebrity ghostwriter Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag has finally The next clever, witty, and touching installment in the Edgar award-winning Stewart Hoag mystery series finds the beloved ghostwriter-sleuth and his faithful neurotic basset hound, Lulu, back in 1990’s New York City, investigating a bestselling author’s stolen manuscript and three murders linked to the crime. Washed-up celebrity ghostwriter Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag has finally rediscovered his voice and is making progress on what he hopes will be his long-awaited second novel. Burrowed up in his less-than-luxurious, sweltering fifth floor walk-up, he tries not to think of the disparities between himself and his ex-wife, celebrity actress Merilee Nash, who is sifting through film offers—and also her fickle feelings for Hoagy—from her elegant eight-room apartment looking over Central Park. When Merilee offers her home for Hoagy’s use while she’s shooting on location, hope blossoms that he might finally get some real work done… and solidify their rekindling romance. Then Hoagy receives a call from his literary agent asking if he can meet with publishing’s most ruthless and reviled editor, Sylvia James, for a drink at the Algonquin Hotel. After disclosing that aging literary genius Addison James—also Sylvia’s father and main client—has not in fact written his last two bestselling historical sagas, Sylvia reveals her suspicions that Addison’s assistant Tommy O’Brien—the true author—has run away with their most recent manuscript and is holding it for ransom. Tempted by Sylvia’s offer to bid a hefty advance for his novel-in-progress, Hoagy agrees to help unearth Tommy’s sudden disappearance. If only he’d known exactly what he was getting himself into, he might’ve saved himself from the ensuing grief that follows in his hot pursuit of Tommy. But then, that wouldn’t be a normal day in the life of Hoagy. With clattering claims of a mugging, a stolen manuscript, and three murders, now it’s up to Hoagy and his short-legged sidekick Lulu to unravel this baffling, bizarre case.


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The next clever, witty, and touching installment in the Edgar award-winning Stewart Hoag mystery series finds the beloved ghostwriter-sleuth and his faithful neurotic basset hound, Lulu, back in 1990’s New York City, investigating a bestselling author’s stolen manuscript and three murders linked to the crime. Washed-up celebrity ghostwriter Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag has finally The next clever, witty, and touching installment in the Edgar award-winning Stewart Hoag mystery series finds the beloved ghostwriter-sleuth and his faithful neurotic basset hound, Lulu, back in 1990’s New York City, investigating a bestselling author’s stolen manuscript and three murders linked to the crime. Washed-up celebrity ghostwriter Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag has finally rediscovered his voice and is making progress on what he hopes will be his long-awaited second novel. Burrowed up in his less-than-luxurious, sweltering fifth floor walk-up, he tries not to think of the disparities between himself and his ex-wife, celebrity actress Merilee Nash, who is sifting through film offers—and also her fickle feelings for Hoagy—from her elegant eight-room apartment looking over Central Park. When Merilee offers her home for Hoagy’s use while she’s shooting on location, hope blossoms that he might finally get some real work done… and solidify their rekindling romance. Then Hoagy receives a call from his literary agent asking if he can meet with publishing’s most ruthless and reviled editor, Sylvia James, for a drink at the Algonquin Hotel. After disclosing that aging literary genius Addison James—also Sylvia’s father and main client—has not in fact written his last two bestselling historical sagas, Sylvia reveals her suspicions that Addison’s assistant Tommy O’Brien—the true author—has run away with their most recent manuscript and is holding it for ransom. Tempted by Sylvia’s offer to bid a hefty advance for his novel-in-progress, Hoagy agrees to help unearth Tommy’s sudden disappearance. If only he’d known exactly what he was getting himself into, he might’ve saved himself from the ensuing grief that follows in his hot pursuit of Tommy. But then, that wouldn’t be a normal day in the life of Hoagy. With clattering claims of a mugging, a stolen manuscript, and three murders, now it’s up to Hoagy and his short-legged sidekick Lulu to unravel this baffling, bizarre case.

30 review for The Man in the White Linen Suit: A Stewart Hoag Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    I enjoyed reading THE MAN IN THE WHITE LINEN SUIT. This is the 11th book in the Stewart Hoag series, and it's the first book I've read in said series. When Mr. Hoag is contacted by a ghostwriter who is a good friend that is afraid he might get murdered, Hoag lets him hide in his apartment. Then the murders begin. I would give this novel more of a 3.5 rating. This is a good little murder mystery and a fast read, I recommend this novel I enjoyed reading THE MAN IN THE WHITE LINEN SUIT. This is the 11th book in the Stewart Hoag series, and it's the first book I've read in said series. When Mr. Hoag is contacted by a ghostwriter who is a good friend that is afraid he might get murdered, Hoag lets him hide in his apartment. Then the murders begin. I would give this novel more of a 3.5 rating. This is a good little murder mystery and a fast read, I recommend this novel

  2. 5 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    This book was great fun, I have not read the author before, but loved the time travel, felt like I was in the world of dragnet. It is refreshing to read a mystery that makes you laugh and it’s not filled with violence and comes with a sardine eating dog, what’s not to love!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Things are going well for Stewart Hoag. His second novel is on track, and his relationship with his beautiful ex-wife, star actress Merrilee Nash, is just fine, thank you. Then he's invited to meet the most hated editor in New York publishing, whose father is probably the most successful writer in America, but who--top secret here!--can no longer write his mammoth best sellers. Father's assistant, an old pal of Hoagie's, is actually doing the writing, but he's disappeared with the latest manuscr Things are going well for Stewart Hoag. His second novel is on track, and his relationship with his beautiful ex-wife, star actress Merrilee Nash, is just fine, thank you. Then he's invited to meet the most hated editor in New York publishing, whose father is probably the most successful writer in America, but who--top secret here!--can no longer write his mammoth best sellers. Father's assistant, an old pal of Hoagie's, is actually doing the writing, but he's disappeared with the latest manuscript, and there are no other copies. From this set-up to three murders is only a step, but who among the grungy cast of characters has the will and the lack of scruples? Don't all answer at once...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Booth

    DID NOT FINISH Any book that lists the brand names of clothing everyone is wearing isn't for me. The tone was of snotty NYers who are more interested in status and appearance than substance. I avoid these people in real life and while I love the Algonquin it's for my memories of childhood and going there with my father and his work friends. I'm sure it's a great book for some, just not for me. DID NOT FINISH Any book that lists the brand names of clothing everyone is wearing isn't for me. The tone was of snotty NYers who are more interested in status and appearance than substance. I avoid these people in real life and while I love the Algonquin it's for my memories of childhood and going there with my father and his work friends. I'm sure it's a great book for some, just not for me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shorty

    Another very good novel in the series. Peter Berkrot is the narrator. Four stars, and recommended to anyone who loves a good mystery.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Deborah L

    Another great Hoagy book I was so pleased when Handler resurrected the Stewart Hoag books. They are well written, clever, and so much fun. PLEASE keep writing them!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Hill

    Great addition to the Stewart Hoag series If you’ve already read any of David Handler’s novels, you won’t want to miss this one. If you are new to him or just this series, what are you waiting for? Hoagie (Stewart Hoag) is a novelist who had a great run with his first novel, then hit a bad run through life for the next decade. Having cleaned up his act for several years and ghost-writing several biographies, he is asked to find a missing manuscript from a best-selling author. Things get complicat Great addition to the Stewart Hoag series If you’ve already read any of David Handler’s novels, you won’t want to miss this one. If you are new to him or just this series, what are you waiting for? Hoagie (Stewart Hoag) is a novelist who had a great run with his first novel, then hit a bad run through life for the next decade. Having cleaned up his act for several years and ghost-writing several biographies, he is asked to find a missing manuscript from a best-selling author. Things get complicated quickly as several of the players in this drama end up dead. To add to the plot, a character from previous books joins the hunt-Detective Lieutenant Romaine Very. It’s a well-written, enjoyable read from beginning to end. If you have not read this series before, please start st the beginning. Thank you, David Handler, for reviving this very enjoyable series. Don’t stop!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Won this book in a goodreads giveaway. I was rather disappointed in it and it sounded so good. Found it to be boring and drawn out. Guess it isn’t my type of mystery story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kasia

    I really wanted to like this book. Steward Hoag and his dog reminded me of my favorite crime drama character - detective Columbo (in some episodes he had a basset hound as a sidekick too!). As I quickly learned, presence of the dog was the only resemblance. Starting with a Steward - I did not like him even a bit. His sense of humor made me cringe, his constant joking (even when people started to die) annoyed me, his judgemental attitude infuriated me. It's hard to enjoy a book when you can't con I really wanted to like this book. Steward Hoag and his dog reminded me of my favorite crime drama character - detective Columbo (in some episodes he had a basset hound as a sidekick too!). As I quickly learned, presence of the dog was the only resemblance. Starting with a Steward - I did not like him even a bit. His sense of humor made me cringe, his constant joking (even when people started to die) annoyed me, his judgemental attitude infuriated me. It's hard to enjoy a book when you can't connect with the main character. Type of the narration wasn't my cup of tea either. Constant repeating of information gathered by main character, giving too much details (Stanley Bostitch stapler will be mentioned multiple times and always as a Stanley Bostitch stapler and not simply as a stapler) and investigation that will reveal nothing and guilty person will have to admit in the final chapter made this book pretty unsatisfying for me. Not even good for the summer read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cyndy

    Excellent light read, perfect for vacation, well written and witty. This is written in the 80s, low tech! Love that era and the gritty New York scenes.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julia Barugel

    David Handler is always a joy! So glad that Hoagy is back!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Another great book by David Handler. I laughed out loud several times while reading this book. If you enjoy Harlan Coben, John D. MacDonald, Mark Pryor, John Dunning, Carl Hiaasen, etc., you'll likely like Handler. Smart writing. After reading this, I ordered as many of his previous Stewart Hoag books as possible; most you have to buy used. Hope that he continues to write more in this series. Another great book by David Handler. I laughed out loud several times while reading this book. If you enjoy Harlan Coben, John D. MacDonald, Mark Pryor, John Dunning, Carl Hiaasen, etc., you'll likely like Handler. Smart writing. After reading this, I ordered as many of his previous Stewart Hoag books as possible; most you have to buy used. Hope that he continues to write more in this series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I received this as a Goodreads Giveaway and would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy. Rating: 2.5 stars. The Man in the White Linen Suit was entertaining, but didn't deliver when it came to the mystery/investigating aspects of the story. Set in 1990s New York City, Handler's book mixes colorful and quirky literary types with a pseudo-hipster noir tone that makes for fun reading. After introducing an eclectic cast of characters and scattering a handful of murders in 200 or so pages I received this as a Goodreads Giveaway and would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy. Rating: 2.5 stars. The Man in the White Linen Suit was entertaining, but didn't deliver when it came to the mystery/investigating aspects of the story. Set in 1990s New York City, Handler's book mixes colorful and quirky literary types with a pseudo-hipster noir tone that makes for fun reading. After introducing an eclectic cast of characters and scattering a handful of murders in 200 or so pages, the book ends with a lackluster "wrap-up" session that involves little actual detection, since the culprit basically admits to the crime themselves.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Rather ho hum formulaic. Author really knows his fashion labels. Kitchy in a funish way. Rather appalling Hoagy feeds Lulu cat food

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    I've been looking for some new mystery series, and have seen various volumes in David Handler's series. This is my first encounter with Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag, novelist and ghostwriter to the stars. Hoagy, with his faithful basset hound Lulu, has just returned from a summer on ex-wife Merrilee's Connecticut farm, when Hoagy is invited to lunch with his agent and a publisher. Sylvia James is notoriously disliked in the publishing world, but she's the biggest editor at Guildford publishing, because I've been looking for some new mystery series, and have seen various volumes in David Handler's series. This is my first encounter with Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag, novelist and ghostwriter to the stars. Hoagy, with his faithful basset hound Lulu, has just returned from a summer on ex-wife Merrilee's Connecticut farm, when Hoagy is invited to lunch with his agent and a publisher. Sylvia James is notoriously disliked in the publishing world, but she's the biggest editor at Guildford publishing, because she handles the books of Addison James, her father. Addison is ex-OSS and a tough old bird with plenty of bad attitude, millions of dollars, and a trophy wife named Yvette. Addison is also nearing 80 and he's not been up to writing his popular suspense novels for several years; instead, an old friend of Hoagy's, Tommy O'Brien, has been doubling as Addison's researcher and ghostwriter, but not receiving author credit or commensurate compensation. Now, Tommy has disappeared--with the only copy of Addison's newest book draft. Sylvia asks Hoagy to help find Tommy and the book, or failing that, to become Addison's new ghostwriter. Hoagy declined the but undertakes to try to find Tommy. When Tommy turns up, scared for his life, Hoagy learns he was mugged, and the book stolen. Warned to keep his mouth shut, Tommy's been laying low. But not low enough. Soon Tommy is found murdered, and Hoagy and Lulu join their old acquaintance Detective Very of the NYPD to try to figure out who took the book, and who killed Tommy. If only the killing had stopped there... The violence happens off-stage, and there's a classic gather-all-the-suspects-together scene straight out of "The Thin Man" movies. Hoagy is an entertaining companion, and the characters are sharply drawn, but Handler's story is hardly hard-boiled detective fiction. If you like pet-themed "cosies" or mysteries with a strong dose of tongue-in-cheek one-liners, I can recommend it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brian Williams

    This is an easy-to-read whodunit murder mystery set in the 1990's in New York City. Novelist and sometime amateur detective,Stewart Hoag (aka Hoagy) agrees to retrieve a stolen manuscript for a bestselling author. The suspected thief is the author's "research assistant" who may have actually written the manuscript. Tommy O'Brien is also Hoagie's friend. Things turn ugly when when Tommy is murdered. Hoagy teams up with NYPD detective Very to find the killer, and before long there's another murder This is an easy-to-read whodunit murder mystery set in the 1990's in New York City. Novelist and sometime amateur detective,Stewart Hoag (aka Hoagy) agrees to retrieve a stolen manuscript for a bestselling author. The suspected thief is the author's "research assistant" who may have actually written the manuscript. Tommy O'Brien is also Hoagie's friend. Things turn ugly when when Tommy is murdered. Hoagy teams up with NYPD detective Very to find the killer, and before long there's another murder, and then anther one. Eventually the killer is unmasked at an exciting conclusion. The story is full of oddball characters, including the famous author, his trophy wife, detective Very and a couple of former NYPD cops. For dog lovers there's Lulu, Hoagy's basset hound, who goes everywhere with him and turning up clues. New York City plays a big role in the story, much of the action takes place in Manhattan, but there are trips to Long Island and the northern suburbs. There's an authentic feel to the local colour of New York. It's a light and entertaining read, probably best described as soft-boiled detective fiction. There are several other books in the series but this one can stand on its own. Any gaps in Hoagy's backstory may lure a reader to search out some earlier entries in the series. Recommended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Set in 1993 and rich in allusions to music, movies, TV stars of the time, readers who lived through the 90s will be delighted to be transported to an age where people were still writing on typewriters, fax machines were en vogue, mobile phones were yet to be born, and personal computers used floppy disks. Penitent, yet whip smart with a bit of a Bugs Bunny wit literary success (from 10 years prior) Hoagy, finds himself paying his rent as a ghost writer, an author eking out the next great America Set in 1993 and rich in allusions to music, movies, TV stars of the time, readers who lived through the 90s will be delighted to be transported to an age where people were still writing on typewriters, fax machines were en vogue, mobile phones were yet to be born, and personal computers used floppy disks. Penitent, yet whip smart with a bit of a Bugs Bunny wit literary success (from 10 years prior) Hoagy, finds himself paying his rent as a ghost writer, an author eking out the next great American novel, and an ex-husband trying to redeem himself for the hell he put his wife through. He is accompanied by his dog Lulu who adores eating “9Lives mackerel for cats and very weird basset hounds” (Handler 254). When the only draft of a sure fire novel for a popular author goes missing, Hoagy finds himself investigating literary agents, crooked cops, and trophy wives. Written with an eagle eye for the culture of the time where some women jiggled their way to fortune, and many people’s largest concerns were the labels on their clothing, Handler makes the publishing empire of New York as dirty and gritty as grunge fashion, all wrapped in a sparkling bow. Readers will enjoy a solid mystery and they may need to keep a dictionary handy as Hoagy loves to show off his Harvard education via pretentious diction.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Another entry in the adventures of Stewart Hoag and his Bassett Hound, Lulu. Hoagie is living in his ex wife’s penthouse in NY, working on his new book. After a summer break in Connecticut, Hoagie is hopeful that he and Marilee might have a chance of getting back together. Hoagie becomes involved with his old friend, Tommy, who does research and major writing for a best selling author, Addison James. James is past his prime and needing Tommy’s help to get anything published.James’s latest book was Another entry in the adventures of Stewart Hoag and his Bassett Hound, Lulu. Hoagie is living in his ex wife’s penthouse in NY, working on his new book. After a summer break in Connecticut, Hoagie is hopeful that he and Marilee might have a chance of getting back together. Hoagie becomes involved with his old friend, Tommy, who does research and major writing for a best selling author, Addison James. James is past his prime and needing Tommy’s help to get anything published.James’s latest book was stolen from Tommy. His daughter is an editor with a line of people who hate her. Hoagie is hired to find and return the missing manuscript. He soon meets up with an old friend, cop , Romaine Very and together they find themselves facing a series of murders and a cast of suspects. Well written with enjoyable characters in descriptive settings. And Lulu, stealing the show whenever she can. Read as an ARC from LibraryThing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    I really needed a different type of murder mystery after reading Adrian McGinty's " The Chain " and I got it with David Handler's lighthearted NYC murder mystery...." The Man in the White Linen Suit " ! Stewart Hoag , called Hoagy, by his friends is a New York writer with one ? successful book. He is friends with a number of people in the publishing business, many of them not very nice people. He is also an amateur sleuth. His friend Tommy O'Brien has for the last few years helped an elderly , n I really needed a different type of murder mystery after reading Adrian McGinty's " The Chain " and I got it with David Handler's lighthearted NYC murder mystery...." The Man in the White Linen Suit " ! Stewart Hoag , called Hoagy, by his friends is a New York writer with one ? successful book. He is friends with a number of people in the publishing business, many of them not very nice people. He is also an amateur sleuth. His friend Tommy O'Brien has for the last few years helped an elderly , not very nice but successful writer, Addison James edit his manuscripts. Now 2 manuscripts of his latest book , " Tulsa " have been stolen ! Hoagy and his pet basset hound, Lulu , are asked by Tommy to help him. He swears he had nothing to do with the disappearance of the manuscripts. And so the story weaves through the publishing scene in NYC. We only have 3 murders to contend with mixed in with a fair amount of humor. Relax and enjoy David Handler's latest book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    A fun murder mystery. Stuart Hoag had a big, splashy publishing success 10 years ago, but hasn’t been able to follow it up. His ex-wife, Merilee, a hugely successful movie star, got the apartment on Central Park West in the divorce. Stuart has been keeping body and soul together ghost-writing celebrity memoirs. His old friend, Tommy, has been helping Addison James, a towering figure in fiction, write this most recent novels, as Addison declines into old age. Tommy shows up at Stuart’s one early A fun murder mystery. Stuart Hoag had a big, splashy publishing success 10 years ago, but hasn’t been able to follow it up. His ex-wife, Merilee, a hugely successful movie star, got the apartment on Central Park West in the divorce. Stuart has been keeping body and soul together ghost-writing celebrity memoirs. His old friend, Tommy, has been helping Addison James, a towering figure in fiction, write this most recent novels, as Addison declines into old age. Tommy shows up at Stuart’s one early morning in a panic, after he’s mugged as he tries to deliver the finished manuscript of Addison’s book...the muggers take both copies and threaten Tommy’s life if he tells anyone. And thus starts a tangled set of circumstances and several dead bodies as Stuart and his dog, Lulu, try to solve the mysteries. Very entertaining.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    The Man in the White Linen Suit is a brilliant and entertaining read! Even though it’s set in the 90’s, there’s an old fashioned vibe to it. A sense of nostalgia if you will. This is the first book I’ve read by the author and I am now a fan. Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag is quirky and witty. His sense of humor had me laughing out loud. I loved him! We can’t forget about Lulu, his bassist hound who is beyond clever and quirky in her own way. The story is a murder mystery. There’s fun characters and fun sc The Man in the White Linen Suit is a brilliant and entertaining read! Even though it’s set in the 90’s, there’s an old fashioned vibe to it. A sense of nostalgia if you will. This is the first book I’ve read by the author and I am now a fan. Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag is quirky and witty. His sense of humor had me laughing out loud. I loved him! We can’t forget about Lulu, his bassist hound who is beyond clever and quirky in her own way. The story is a murder mystery. There’s fun characters and fun scenes. The author’s style of writing is brilliant and savvy. He gave these characters life. He made the story amusing and kept my attention right from the start. I would love to read more from this series! I give this 5 stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    Alright, I have now hopped aboard the Stewart Hoag mystery train! This was such a fun read! The perfect amount of quirk and wit with a dash of murder mystery. Although predictable, I don't expect many twists with a cozy mystery series reminiscent of Agatha Christie. It wouldn't live up to its genre if it didn't contain some component of predictability. Although these novels can be standalone, I am now interested in reading the others in the Stewart Hoag series, as I enjoyed his candor and wit imm Alright, I have now hopped aboard the Stewart Hoag mystery train! This was such a fun read! The perfect amount of quirk and wit with a dash of murder mystery. Although predictable, I don't expect many twists with a cozy mystery series reminiscent of Agatha Christie. It wouldn't live up to its genre if it didn't contain some component of predictability. Although these novels can be standalone, I am now interested in reading the others in the Stewart Hoag series, as I enjoyed his candor and wit immensely- not mention his basset hound, Lulu. If you're looking for a nice palate cleanser and a quick, fun read, this is absolutely a series to pick up!

  23. 5 out of 5

    The Book Grocer

    Purchase The Man in The White Linen Suit here for just $10! The Man in the White Linen Suit is a perfect beach read. Short, snappy and engrossing. It is the 11th book in the Stewart Hoag series, but don’t let that deter you if you’ve never so much as heard of the series before. Each novel is a standalone addition to a greater collection, and requires nothing but a comfy seat and a hunger for compelling crime fiction! Taylor - The Book Grocer Purchase The Man in The White Linen Suit here for just $10! The Man in the White Linen Suit is a perfect beach read. Short, snappy and engrossing. It is the 11th book in the Stewart Hoag series, but don’t let that deter you if you’ve never so much as heard of the series before. Each novel is a standalone addition to a greater collection, and requires nothing but a comfy seat and a hunger for compelling crime fiction! Taylor - The Book Grocer

  24. 4 out of 5

    Conny

    I love this series, it transports me back in time, not too far though, and I am always having a hard time putting it down and reading way past my bedtime. It had me guessing until the end and I can't wait to see what trouble Hoagy and Lulu will get into next. Great plot and the pacing was good, the only negative thing was that there wasn't more of Merilee. Very entertaining and great fun to read. I love this series, it transports me back in time, not too far though, and I am always having a hard time putting it down and reading way past my bedtime. It had me guessing until the end and I can't wait to see what trouble Hoagy and Lulu will get into next. Great plot and the pacing was good, the only negative thing was that there wasn't more of Merilee. Very entertaining and great fun to read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sheillagh

    Amusing mystery of writer Stewart Hoag and his Bassett Hound, Lulu, who are drawn into solving the mystery of how Hoag's friend Tommy O'Brien, who is ghost-writing a novel for a well-known author, Addison Grimes, is thrown of the roof of Hoag's building. A series of murders follows O'Briens and Hoag and Lieutenant Romaine Very work to solve this baffling mystery. light reading. Cleverly written and characterized. Amusing mystery of writer Stewart Hoag and his Bassett Hound, Lulu, who are drawn into solving the mystery of how Hoag's friend Tommy O'Brien, who is ghost-writing a novel for a well-known author, Addison Grimes, is thrown of the roof of Hoag's building. A series of murders follows O'Briens and Hoag and Lieutenant Romaine Very work to solve this baffling mystery. light reading. Cleverly written and characterized.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    This is another Stewart Hoag mystery that turned out to be as enjoyable as the previous ones I have read. The mystery itself is not complex but the characters involved make it a really nice read. I especially like the snappy dialogue and the reappearance of Romaine Very. And, of course, I am a real softie for any book with a dog such as Lulu. I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    loretta

    Here I am in the midst of the quarantine.. 2 week post fall, fractured arm in a sling and I’ve begun” the man in the white linen suit”. I LOVED it! What a fun way to pass some challenging times. The first book I read in this series was “the girl with the kaleidoscope eyes” so I knew I’d enjoy it. The story is filled with a wonderful, intriguing, & occasional slimy cast of characters. Lulu is exceptional. A modern mystery with a noir vibe.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    My local library flooded and now I have to work on all the books my usband and friends have put aside for me. This is one of a series we both enjoy. A well-dressed literary main character who gets swept up in murders around town. The central mystery is what happened to the next great best seller of a famous writer. Lulu (the basset hound) helps find the clue that clinches it. She earns her anchovies.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ben Floyd

    I was thrown off at the beginning of this book (the first I've read of this series unfortunately) by the "high end" description of clothing. I assumed this to be a New York thing and as I'm not from New York I could care less about that. However, once I got past that, I found a riveting story line with mystery, humor, and a good plot twist at the end. I was thrown off at the beginning of this book (the first I've read of this series unfortunately) by the "high end" description of clothing. I assumed this to be a New York thing and as I'm not from New York I could care less about that. However, once I got past that, I found a riveting story line with mystery, humor, and a good plot twist at the end.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Abe

    I won this book on Goodreads. This is the first Handler book I've read and I really enjoyed it. All books in this genre do not necessarily have to be dark and foreboding. Its nice to read one that tickles your funny bone and still keeps the drama moving. Thank you Goodreads for turning me on to this series. I won this book on Goodreads. This is the first Handler book I've read and I really enjoyed it. All books in this genre do not necessarily have to be dark and foreboding. Its nice to read one that tickles your funny bone and still keeps the drama moving. Thank you Goodreads for turning me on to this series.

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