Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk: A Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective Mystery
Cozy Cat Press (2013)
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (11/13)
Stephen Kaminski combines mystery, suspense, intrigue, and romance in “Don’t Cry over Killed Milk,” the second in the Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective Mystery Series. Fate dealt Jeremiah Milk, Damon’s next door neighbor, a triad of tragedies: 1) Amniotic band syndrome, a congenital malformation of his fingers and toes, which led to ridicule by cruel classmates as a child. 2) His wife died early in their marriage. 3) Their infant son died mysteriously at home while Jeremiah was at the hospital with his dying wife.
A few years later the close-knit community of Hollydale was abuzz with speculation and gossip when Jeremiah’s body was discovered, murdered at Tripping Falls State Park. Damon Lassard, an amateur detective, conflicted, but hopelessly drawn into the intrigue and involvement in solving the case.
Kaminski’s writing is filled with creative expression, careful attention to detail, a keen sense of plot development, a credible protagonist, memorable support cast characters, and colorful “walk-on” characters. Kaminski’s dialog captures the personality of the individual being portrayed, is convincing and authentic-sounding.
I found myself as intrigued as Damon as I matched wits with the logic and thinking of Kaminski. He teased the reader with clever hints, important clues, unrelated rabbit trails in endless plot twists, and the introduction of several subplots.
In “Don’t Cry over Killed Milk,” from the first hint of criminal violence to the final dramatic and unexpected surprise ending, author Stephen Kaminski keeps the reader absorbed in conflict, resolution, and another round of speculative involvement. I am looking forward to the next in the series of Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective Mysteries.