In 1978, Trudy Solomon disappeared. The unsolved case became the obsession of now ex-Detective William Ford of the city of Monticello, New York Police Department. In present day, his daughter, Detective Susan Ford is now on the case. When skeletal remains of a gunshot victim are discovered, the police believe Trudy has finally been found. Susan teams up with her retired father to find out what happened to Trudy all those years ago. It is a welcome opportunity as Susan is in the middle of a possible civil suit against her for shooting an unarmed teen, an allegation she denies.
For those who are familiar with upstate New York and the Catskills region, you know that it was once heavily populated by family-owned resorts (think Dirty Dancing.) The former grand hotel, the Cuttman, becomes the focal point of the investigation as Trudy had been a waitress in its coffee shop at the time of her disappearance. Many of the clues keep leading Susan and William back to its former employees and the Roth family, especially Stanley and Rachel Roth, the third generation, and then owners of the resort. Most of the people interviewed are either hiding important information or outright lying. And more than a possible murder is uncovered.
The Disappearance of Trudy Solomon is an engaging, old-style mystery. There is a large cast of characters so you need to keep track of everyone. It all makes for a very entertaining read. Author Marcy McCreary, in her sophomore effort, proves she’s the real deal. Could this evolve into a series? I hope so.
Many thanks to CamCat Books, Edelweiss+ and the author for the opportunity to read this highly enjoyable book in advance of its publication.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Police Procedural.
Publication Date: September 7, 2021.
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