Take Out

Take Out

Large Print - 2017
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Sigrid is still reeling from the untimely death of her lover, acclaimed painter Oscar Nauman, when she is called to investigate the deaths of two homeless men in the West Village. The police at first assume an overdose, until they realize that one of the men shows no signs of drug use. Then when containers of poisoned takeout food are found nearby, Sigrid's case is suddenly much more complicated. As Sigrid investigates, she uncovers an intriguing neighborhood history: a haughty mafia widow and her disgraced godson, a retired opera star with dark secrets, an unsolved hit-and-run, and the possible discovery of a long-missing painting that will rock the art world. Soon the case is fraught with myriad suspects and motives. Who killed the two homeless men, and why? And which one was the intended victim? Or was the poisoned food meant for someone else entirely? Throwing herself into the murder investigation to distract herself from her personal grief, Sigrid still can't stop wondering what led Nauman across the country to the winding mountain road that took his life. Until she meets a man who may hold the answers she seeks.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, [2017]
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781432838706
Branch Call Number: LP MAR
Characteristics: 373 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Oct 25, 2018

I presume the earlier books in this series are better. This one is not a page turner, and the writing is shallow. I gave up half way through.

Aug 13, 2017

maucarden's review has just about said it all. I'll add that if you are a Sigrid Harald fan (and I am, since long before the Knott series began), this is a satisfying end to the series, although I'm sad that it's over.

Aug 07, 2017

Pleasant, if underwhelming, read.

The "take-out" conceit was great, especially when combined with the seniors' meds plot thread. But in this volume, the characters felt a little flimsy, a little forced...

Jul 17, 2017

According to the notes at the end, this was written to wrap up Sigrid Harald and have her walk off into the sunset, at the request of Maron's readers. It did accomplish that goal and also provided a fairly good mystery as well, although I had my suspicions as to the perpetrator fairly early on. There were a couple of surprises involved in wrapping up the story lines. I didn't find it breathtaking, but it was almost a cozy instead of Maron's more hard hitting mysteries; so, if readers were expecting a more thrilling story, this was not it. I think it was a good read.

Jul 03, 2017


Jul 01, 2017

Nowhere near the good read of the Deborah Knott series.

May 10, 2017

Oh what a pleasure it was to read this book! There were no out-in-left-field twists or turns, no OMG how did I miss that. Just an old fashioned police procedural featuring beloved characters from the 1990's. Not the least bit boring despite "just" being a police procedural.
This is the final novel featuring Lt. Sigrid Harald who is still recovering from the death of lover Oscar Nauman. The novel with her and Judge Knott, Three Day Town, chronologically has not yet taken place.
Two men are found dead on a bench, poisoned by food left by do gooders. Each man has a connection to two very old ladies who live on a near-by street. Each of the old ladies, one the widow of a mafia don, the other a world famous opera singer has reason to wish one of the victims dead. There are lots of surprises in this book, it's just that each is logical and does not come from left field, leaving the reader feeling conned.
With a few deft sentences Maron brings the secondary characters to life, both those from Harald's detective team and those from her new art world.
The sad life of the homeless and near homeless victims was was explored with compassion. Visits to homeless shelters where the volunteers could become clients on a moments notice was particularly sad and thought provoking.
The two main suspects and their worlds of being an opera diva and mafia widow were well drawn by Maron. There were also interesting peeks into the world of fine art and publishing.
It's been a long wait for another Harald book, sad this is the last one.
No gunfights, no car chases, just a very well done exploration of how so much can go wrong in life and how sometimes as start toward recovery can be made

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