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So much for the peace and quiet New York film critic Mitch Berger expected to find in his antique carriage house overlooking Long Island Sound. Nothing can shelter him from the goings-on in nearby Dorset. A violent death in a speeding attempted suicide by the school superintendent...and dirty politics are about to propel Mitch out of the shadows into a starrinSo much for the peace and quiet New York film critic Mitch Berger expected to find in his antique carriage house overlooking Long Island Sound. Nothing can shelter him from the goings-on in nearby Dorset. A violent death in a speeding attempted suicide by the school superintendent...and dirty politics are about to propel Mitch out of the shadows into a starring role. And then there's his new love, resident state trooper Desiree Mitry...Des has transferred out of her position as the highest-ranking black woman in the state police homicide department to give more time to the art for which she has a sure talent. But as she soon learns, Dorset's bucolic exterior hides some ugly secrets. The femme fatale daughter of a famous local sculptor is killed in a car explosion that makes tabloid headlines. Now Des is on the case, saddled with a pushy former colleague, and reaching out to Mitch for an extra pair of eyes-and arms-in a case that threatens to tear the town apart......

Title : The Hot Pink Farmhouse
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ISBN : 9780312987046
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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The Hot Pink Farmhouse Reviews

  • Monica **can't read fast enough**
    2019-06-05 11:14

    I enjoyed this installment of the Berger and Mitry series and I'm looking forward to continuing. I like that Handler is slowly building a strong relationship that feels genuine between the two protagonists and I even enjoy the slightly over the top insular community where all of the actions take place. If you are looking for a cozy mystery series with a touch of romance (no full on sex scenes) that are quick and entertaining reads I would definitely say give this one a try!You can find me at:•(♥).•*Monlatable Book Reviews*•.(♥)•Twitter: @MonlatReaderInstagram: @readermonicaFacebook: Monica Reeds

  • C.
    2019-06-14 08:05

    I got “The Bright Silver Star” by David Handler on sale, an unusual foray in many ways. Gobbling gothic mysteries until my twenties, I was oblivious to series. I felt details missing. Sure enough this was volume three. I did not locate the first two easily! It got three stars, backing up to “The Cold Blue Blood” garnered five, and it is no surprise “The Hot Pink Farmhouse”, 2002, receives five stars. Humorous covers do not guarantee “cozy”. I seldom read male authors or protagonists and noticed grimmer subject exploration and bluntness. The genre people forget is: “standard adult mystery”.Mitch Berger is a film critic, pleased to leave New York and embrace the wilds of Massachusetts. Desiree Mitry is a gorgeous black officer, with an important Father, who fell for Mitch and moved too. She excelled with Connecticut homicide. These three USA states are close. David's compassionate narrative stems from his lead characters' feelings, which is how to get people enthralled with stories. They are properly layered personages too. Mitch is a softie but smart and braver than he seems. In Desiree, we have a cat-rescuer, a keen artist, and someone glad to be a state trooper for local people. This novel is all about a variety of problems children face and about how they are helped.It is about how bizarre family relationships, built on guilt and secrets, can erupt in irrational acts that make sense solely to them. We hear about a long-ago unidentified girl who was buried. What a surprise that she was from my city, Winnipeg! Just a note that Manitobans proudly share where we are from and would not hop into a sack without having discussed last names and anecdotes! In the company of new American friends especially, we all love swapping homeland stories.

  • Pat Garcia
    2019-06-24 09:57

    Think of yourself as growing one day younger each and every day for the rest of your life. (A statement made by Hangtown Frye in The Hot Pink Farmhouse by David Handler)A car explosion, a squeaky mattress, an undiscovered grave, a secret past, voyeurism, teenage vandalism, and unrequited acceptance weave a thread of malice and murder in The Hot Pink Farmhouse by David Handler.The famous recluse, Wendell Frye, better known as, Hangtown and his alluring, attractive, sexy daughter Takai joins Berger and Mitry as main characters. Character names can sometimes give us insight into a town and the people who live within it. In book 2, is the name Hangtown not only Wendell Frye's nickname but projects an image of Berger and Mitry becoming the new crime fighting duo hung up in the small town of Dorset.The Hot Pink Farmhouse themes run parallel: the solution to murder, vandalism by teenagers and a voyeur that gets joy out of spying on his female next door neighbors.Of course, it takes Berger and his having seen things before they happen and Mitry and her cleverness to come up with solutions.The Hot Pink Farmhouse also presents a Resident Trooper whose conscience plagues her and hinders her from pulling the trigger, and the man who sees the finality of her hesitation.It is another crime fiction mystery that teaches that life is not always what it seems.Another enjoyable read, and it can be purchased at Aleichem,Pat Garcia

  • Tony
    2019-06-20 13:16

    This was a cozy featuring the two characters, Mitch Berger, a New York film critic, and Desiree Mitry, a black Connecticut State Trooper. Although the duo certainly brings their differences to the story, Handler was not able to infuse any of the action with any excitement. Capably written, but ultimately resulting in a dull story that is formulaic. I recommended going back and reading his earlier series featuring Stewart Hoag.

  • Brenda
    2019-06-17 13:22

    Any of the Berger & Mitry books are worth reading. The characters are so real that you feel as if you are part of their inner circle.

  • Holly Koons
    2019-06-02 06:55

    I'm being generous with the 3 stars when really I'd give it more of a 2.5 or 2.75. Let's be honest I just picked up this book because of the cover and the title. I mean, Hot Pink Farmhouse? That should totally be MY house! Anyway, the story was good but it was just so scattered and so many characters that it just didn't keep my attention because I never really felt vested in any of them except maybe Des. The fact that it's taken me so long to read it when normally I can finish a book within a few days is the first sign that this book just didn't grab me. It did get better middle to end but by then I was over it and really had to force myself to just finish it because I hate getting that far in a book and quitting. Might as well finish but I was really ready for it to be over. But the cover and the fact that there was a hot pink farmhouse involved? That was a win for me.

  • Amanda Meggs
    2019-05-31 10:08

    Unlike my usual reading habit I have read this series all out of order. Des is a very strong and upright police woman, Mitch always in the right/wrong place at the right time to help solve the mystery. They are nice interesting characters if a little stereotypical, the other characters are the rich and famous locals who aren't very nice generally. The plot had plenty of possibilities as 'bad guy' and I was unsure how it would turn out. Very good, although its becoming rather like the Miss Marple type mystery where there is no way you would want to live in their village - way to many psychopaths.

  • Carrie
    2019-06-20 10:12

    I like Mitch and Des, individually and as a team. Des is so tough and so fragile at the same time. Mitch is sort of like a big teddy bear to her prickly cactus- it would be nice for him to grow some spikes. They work really well together and they fit nicely into Dorset's weird little scene. There needs to be more Bella, she could really get into some fabulous trouble...Also, now I really want to know the secret ingredient in Sheila Enman's cookies...

  • Sandi
    2019-05-30 11:17

    Enjoyable mystery with two likable lead characters, one a film critic and the other a Connecticut state trooper, a nicely done small town setting, and an interesting mystery that blended land development issues and family secrets.

  • Gail
    2019-06-22 09:05

    Another good mystery involving Mitch, movie critic and author, and Des, state trooper, who live in the quiet hamlet of Dorset, Connecticut. This one revolves around the life and death of a famous, reclusive sculptor and his daughters. Looking forward to the next in the series!

  • Mary
    2019-06-12 08:56

    Didn't like this one as much as the first one in the series. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood.

  • toya
    2019-06-12 10:03

    I must have missed the "Mystery" portion.Not a bad book, but I was ready to move on. I was looking forward to some sorta sluething beyond "what bed went 'BUMP' in the night".

  • Ruth Kevghas
    2019-06-24 07:59

    Looking forward to their next adventure

  • Hrn1947
    2019-06-09 11:22

    Excellent second installment. I like the way so many people could be guilty at first glance. He keeps me guessing. Not as much weather or nature as the first. Will read more

  • Liz Clappin
    2019-06-20 09:19

    Like the first book in the series the secret you're presented with at the start of the story is a tease, it's not nearly as important to the outcome as you're lead to believe. Again the world building is strong and the characters are first notch. The unique blend of swamp Yankees and wealthy eccentricity really captures the time and place. Sorry to see no characters beyond Berger and Mitry carried through in Dorset (Bella, the Bishop, and Suave are all outside the town) while they're still terrific mysteries I already feel like it's quickly turning into Cabot Cove.

  • Lynn
    2019-05-26 13:23

    The Hot Pink Farmhouse is the second book in the Mitch Berger and Des Mitry series. Mitch Berger is a well known film critic for a New York City newspaper.He recently moved to Big Sister Island near Dorset Connecticut. Des Mitry followed him to Dorset. She gave up a high level job in the state police homicide department in order to pursue her interest in art. She is attending an art school in Dorset but her main occupation is being a local trooper for the area.I am very happy that I found this series as I am enjoying it very much. I liked The Cold Blue Blood which is the first book in the series very much too. The prologue of both books have started off with a murder. What I like about the series are the two main characters and the location the series is set in. Mitch always seems to say the right thing to the bad guys and the good guys. He seems to relate well to almost all the people he meets. Des is a strong female character who in her off-time rescues feral cats and finds a home for them. She is very skilled at solving crimes. They have a budding romance but it doesn't overwhelm the mystery part of the book. Some mysteries seem more romance than mystery. This book is about characters and plot. The story line alternates between Mitch and Des. I hope Bella who is Des's friend will play a bigger part in the next book The Bright Silver Star as she is an interesting and entertaining secondary character. The author described this series as an classic old school village murder mystery with a contemporary edge. If you like mysteries similar to this, should try the first book The Cold Blue Blood. It will set the background for the series. I know I am very happy that I did as I have a good series to follow now. However, the series does not have to be read in order.

  • Susan
    2019-06-20 14:20

    New York film critic Mitch Berger is spending the fall on a private island near a tranquil Connecticut village. Unfortunately the village has now become wracked with conflict between traditionalists and developers. Mitch gets to know Hangtown Frye, a famous and reclusive sculptor who owns a farmhouse painted a bright pink (thus the infelicitous title). Unfortunately the most likeable character in the novel - one of Hangtown’s daughters - is murdered, and both Mitch and resident trooper and former detective Desiree Mitry get involved in the investigation. Mitch, who often digresses into obscure movie trivia, and Desiree, who has put her career in the slow lane in order to develop her artistic talent, are both appealing characters.

  • Grey853
    2019-06-01 10:23

    I liked the relationship between Mitch and Des much more than the mystery in this one. The famous artist that Mitch befriends is not just eccentric, but offensive as is the over the top and unrealistic portrayal of the killer. Plus, I felt bad for the victim in this. It's hard when one gets to know a sympathetic character only to have her turn up dead. Overall, it's not the mystery that got the stars, but the growing involvement between Berger and Mitry.

  • Lauren
    2019-06-16 06:59

    I found this book mysogynisitic and it seemed to be completely out-of-nowhere after the first one in the series. This book considered- the artist beating his wife, NBD.- the realtor daughter (Tiana?) being scarred by witnessing it & her mother's subsequent lonely death - unreasonable.- dirty old man = delightful.- the artist killing someone, NBD because she was wild?WTF, David Handler?

  • Eugene
    2019-06-26 11:15

    2nd in the Berger and Mitry mystery series, and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the first. Once past the slightly cloying improbable love affair between the two, the book stands up quite nicely. Good plot, good characters, excellent pace, unexpected turns of events, and a wham-bam denouement - what more would one ask of an entertaining mystery?

  • Diana
    2019-06-17 07:12

    The second in this delightful series. Not as awesome as the first book, but still pretty darn great! Mr. Handler has created some of the most unique characters to ever grace the page of a cozy mystery.

  • Cheryl
    2019-06-16 14:54

    I was really hooked and into this book until the final few pages. I felt like the ending was rushed, which took away some of my satisfaction in the story and knocked the book from 4 stars to 3 for me.

  • C3wach
    2019-06-25 14:22

    A little too much romance. Maybe I won't get any more of this series.

  • Harry Lane
    2019-06-03 11:12

    An amusing series with interesting characters and plot twists sufficient to maintain interest. The endings are a bit too neat, but still worth the read.

  • Daniele
    2019-06-15 13:01

    Pleasant quick read. Perfect for a plane ride.

  • Jill
    2019-06-17 15:01

    Good character development, not-so-well-developed mystery. More novel than suspense.

  • Lois
    2019-06-09 15:17

    Fun read - would like to read more by this author!

  • Samira
    2019-06-06 15:19

    Very sad. Desiree no longer lives in Woodbridge. Otherwise, a perfectly respectable popular mystery.

  • J M
    2019-06-23 11:08

    I love this book .couldnt put it down . have now ordered others by this author

  • Liesel
    2019-06-14 07:03

    Nothing special - just a quick-read mystery that was mildly entertaining over my winter break.