Layers. Jane Haddam’s new novel, Flowering Judas, will satisfy most readers of mystery novels, especially those who like the assurance and stability that comes from a recurring detective. Gregor Demarkian unravels this case, as expected, while readers are presented with the twist of the detective’s distraction because of his concern for the health of his ninety nine year old friend and neighbor, George Tekemanian, who was taken to the hospital as Gregor was called to solve an out of town murder. Haddam explores many layers and levels of familial concern in this novel, and draws readers into both the light and dark sides of close and extended family life. This likeable protagonist can deal with grisly matters and come away with his humanity intact, to the great pleasure of readers who like things to be resolved in the end.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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