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Too Many Murders

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The second book in the Carmine Delmonico mystery series, Too Many Murders sees the resolute detective caught up in a seemingly insoluble, high-stakes case.

It’s a beautiful spring day in the little city of Holloman, Connecticut; the year is 1967, and the world teeters on the brink of nuclear holocaust as the Cold War goes relentlessly on.

But Holloman has other things to worry about on April 3rd, 1967; twelve murders have taken place on one day. Suddenly Captain Carmine Delmonico, chief of detectives, has other, more important matters to occupy is mind than finding a satisfactory name for his infant son.

With his cohorts Abe Goldberg and Corey Marshall giving him unfailing support, Carmine embarks on what looks like an insoluble case. All the murders are different, and no victim is connected to any of the others. One group centers around the great university, Chubb, while another is inextricably tied to the armaments giant, Cornucopia. And as if twelve murders were not enough, Carmine soon finds himself pitted against the mysterious Ulysses, a spy giving Cornucopia’s armaments secrets to the Russians. Are the murders and espionage different cases, or are they somehow linked?

Too Many Murders sees Carmine contending with a very different kind of problem than the one he faced in On, Off. It takes the addition of a new member to his team, the meticulous Delia Carstairs, to give Carmine the right bunch of people to solve the new case: a group that also includes the cantankerous Judge Douglas Thwaites, the smooth operator Commissioner John Silvestri, and his wife, Desdemona.

Photograph © Louise Donald

Colleen McCullough, a native of Australia, established the department of neurophysiology at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney before working as a researcher at Yale Medical School for ten years. She is the bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Thorn Birds, and lives with her husband on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific.

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