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An elderly woman is found poisoned in the upstairs bedroom of her home whose front door stands 52 steps above the street in an old-fashioned whodunit that blends clues, red herrings, suspects, and humor.


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An elderly woman is found poisoned in the upstairs bedroom of her home whose front door stands 52 steps above the street in an old-fashioned whodunit that blends clues, red herrings, suspects, and humor.

30 review for 52 Steps To Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    I love when a mystery has a quirky detective in this case there are two. Lou and Cy Dekker are partners and they are such a funny pair. Both a little over the hill, both set in their ways, and both working on a case that has them trotting up and down 52 steps. Humor was in no shortage and I found myself enjoying the off duty personalities of these men so much. Sometimes a bit of clumsiness makes a character even more entertaining. I think you will love this cozy mystery in every way. Crafty clue I love when a mystery has a quirky detective in this case there are two. Lou and Cy Dekker are partners and they are such a funny pair. Both a little over the hill, both set in their ways, and both working on a case that has them trotting up and down 52 steps. Humor was in no shortage and I found myself enjoying the off duty personalities of these men so much. Sometimes a bit of clumsiness makes a character even more entertaining. I think you will love this cozy mystery in every way. Crafty clues and plenty of nosy neighbors to keep you in your toes. The reader will be drawn into the fun personalities of these detectives as well as a really well crafted mystery. I was following every clue and the story was unfolding in such a mysterious way it kept me totally entertained. The book had heart and spirit. I look forward to seeing Dekker solve more cases with Lou.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    I only finished this book because I am doing a reading challenge that required me to read a book that I started but never finished. There are very few books that I don't finish. But this started out as one of them- for a good reason. Lots of reviews say this book is a comedy, but I wouldn't necessarily agree. They try to hard to be funny and witty. And then the main character (it's told from first person perspective) talks about how funny he is and how his partner and him laugh at his humor. If I only finished this book because I am doing a reading challenge that required me to read a book that I started but never finished. There are very few books that I don't finish. But this started out as one of them- for a good reason. Lots of reviews say this book is a comedy, but I wouldn't necessarily agree. They try to hard to be funny and witty. And then the main character (it's told from first person perspective) talks about how funny he is and how his partner and him laugh at his humor. If characters use wit or humor, you don't need to tell the reader that they were laughing about how funny it was. The reader will know it's funny and will know they laughed. We don't need to be told what's witty- we don't need to be told when they were joking or being sarcastic or ridiculous. The banter would have been good if it was like 80% less of what the author used. I prefer Harlan Coben's use of wit and humor by far. The writing was very disjointed. It might be partly due to the fact that I started and stopped reading so many times, but the writer had a lot of unnecessary dialogue and information. Like telling us the main character went home and pulled out some DVDs he got from Christmas and listing them all off and then telling us which DVD he decided to watch and what the Three Stooges did in the show and then the character turns it off and goes to sleep. We don't need to know all those details. They also had this theme how each day one of the partners always got a 'message from God' that acted as a clue to help them solve their mystery. This was tacky and unnecessary. They would have been fine solving the crime without it. It was a cheesy addition- not sure if they threw it in there so they can call this a 'Christian' book, but it wasn't doing the book any favors for being classified in that genre. The title is clever but I got tired of them talking all the time about how they hated climbing up the steps and all the jokes around climbing them and falling down them. It's a lot of steps- we get it, find something else to talk about. And then there was the ending. It happened so suddenly. One moment nothing makes sense, and then all of a sudden they arrest someone. Without giving too much away, there is a recording used at the end and the conversation that is overheard is completely unnatural. They 'overhear' the murderer telling exactly how everything went down. No one describes details of their master plan to each other afterwards- they both know what happened, it sounded very unnatural. And then the main character's partner keeps saying 'you never cease to amaze me' about how awesome he is at solving crimes. If you haven't figured it out by this review yet, I did not like this book and most likely never read this author again. I did not like his reading style at all and found it very annoying, tacky, unnatural, and disjointed. The only good thing I can say about this book is that I didn't know 'whodunit' until the very end. There are plenty of other books out there that give you that without wading through the nonsense.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Olguin

    A different story type from what I usually read. But I like the main character, a middle-aged detective. He's an average guy, well perhaps he's a bit "larger" than an average guy due to his love for food and distain for exercise. He's not a Sherlock Holmes (despite what he thinks) and he's not a Colombo. He's closer to one member of the Laurel and Hardy team. He drives a yellow car he calls Lightning (his fellow detectives call it "Tweety.) Some quotes: "I'm easy to live with as long as I live alon A different story type from what I usually read. But I like the main character, a middle-aged detective. He's an average guy, well perhaps he's a bit "larger" than an average guy due to his love for food and distain for exercise. He's not a Sherlock Holmes (despite what he thinks) and he's not a Colombo. He's closer to one member of the Laurel and Hardy team. He drives a yellow car he calls Lightning (his fellow detectives call it "Tweety.) Some quotes: "I'm easy to live with as long as I live alone." "I can't care about much in the morning until after my first pound of bacon." If you are looking for a light humor murder mystery with an off beat voice, this is the story to read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Injoy

    I received a free kindle copy of 52 Steps to Murder (Book 1 Dekker Cozy Mystery Series) by Steve Demaree from Amazon for fair review. I gave it five stars. I appreciate a cozy mystery that can make me laugh. This old fashioned mystery did just that. The name derives from the fifty-two steps they have to climb to reach the front door of a older woman who had been murdered. There were enough twists & turns to keep me entertained. It's the first book I've read by Steve Deveree. I'll be reading more. I received a free kindle copy of 52 Steps to Murder (Book 1 Dekker Cozy Mystery Series) by Steve Demaree from Amazon for fair review. I gave it five stars. I appreciate a cozy mystery that can make me laugh. This old fashioned mystery did just that. The name derives from the fifty-two steps they have to climb to reach the front door of a older woman who had been murdered. There were enough twists & turns to keep me entertained. It's the first book I've read by Steve Deveree. I'll be reading more. After rolling down the hill the two detectives ended up laying in the middle of the road. "In the dark we appeared to be nothing more than a couple of beached whales or front yard landfills." Some of the dialogue made me laugh enough to wake the dog sleeping next to me. "'What did you do last night, George?' 'Just turned on the TV and watched a little Texas Hold 'em.' 'I've never been much on wrestling. It's all fake.' George gave me a look." Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    I loved reading about Cy and Lou's police adventure in this first book in the series. They cracked me up with their good-natured joking with each other. At least they would be two guys not likely to die from stress! But after climbing the fifty-two steps to the house where an older woman was found murdered, they may beg to differ with that. Cy was the lead officer and character. I liked the rapport he had with all his co-workers, able to joke and banter, but when he needed to be serious, he was I loved reading about Cy and Lou's police adventure in this first book in the series. They cracked me up with their good-natured joking with each other. At least they would be two guys not likely to die from stress! But after climbing the fifty-two steps to the house where an older woman was found murdered, they may beg to differ with that. Cy was the lead officer and character. I liked the rapport he had with all his co-workers, able to joke and banter, but when he needed to be serious, he was unstoppable. It did seem like an awfully long time before they caught the killer but the showdown was great! I love a good sting, lol. It'll be interesting to see what kind of murder is next in the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    52 Steps to Murder by Steve Demaree. Lt. Cy Dekker, Detective at the Hilldale Police Dept, and Sgt. Lou Murdock, have been long time partners. They know each others life styles and have actually grown up together. Cy receives a call that a possible murder has been committed on Hilltop Place. Mrs. Nelson was found dead in her bed by her Grand-daughter and Officer Dan Davis. They're on to it as fast as two over the hill cops can be. This was a real surprise to me. a first in a series by a newish au 52 Steps to Murder by Steve Demaree. Lt. Cy Dekker, Detective at the Hilldale Police Dept, and Sgt. Lou Murdock, have been long time partners. They know each others life styles and have actually grown up together. Cy receives a call that a possible murder has been committed on Hilltop Place. Mrs. Nelson was found dead in her bed by her Grand-daughter and Officer Dan Davis. They're on to it as fast as two over the hill cops can be. This was a real surprise to me. a first in a series by a newish author that turns out to be not just well written but a fun read. The aches and pains especially when it came to going up & down stairs can only be appreciated by someone near that same age. The old adage that stairs are not my friends comes to mind. The light hearted bantering between Cy & Lou kept me smiling while the clear descriptions of each character kept me well informed while reading. A great new series with a slight spiritual dimension which I appreciated.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Overweight detectives, lots of eating. Interesting plot otherwise. No gore or graphics. Second of this series I've read. TTS-enabled eBook.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pankaj Goyal

    ‘52 Steps to Murder’ by Steve Demaree is a cute cozy mystery that features two middle aged sleuths (Lt. Cy Dekker and Sgt. Lou Murdock). Both of these have their own eccentric behaviours which quite often brings smile on your face. As a matter of fact, this book made me laugh so hard on many occasions. Both of these also love food and scorn exercise. While some readers may get tired of reading the narratives of their meals, I have no problem with these descriptions as these accounts not only add ‘52 Steps to Murder’ by Steve Demaree is a cute cozy mystery that features two middle aged sleuths (Lt. Cy Dekker and Sgt. Lou Murdock). Both of these have their own eccentric behaviours which quite often brings smile on your face. As a matter of fact, this book made me laugh so hard on many occasions. Both of these also love food and scorn exercise. While some readers may get tired of reading the narratives of their meals, I have no problem with these descriptions as these accounts not only add humour to the book but also tell us a lot about these characters. In fact, this is what makes these characters convincing when it comes to human nature. Nobody in this world is perfect and very single human being has some or other form of weaknesses. The mystery was not bad and the story line was interesting. The book has no profanity, graphic violence, or sex which makes it a comfortable book to read especially for those who loathe the overuse of those things. The language is okay and the characters are easy to follow. Readers may not only like detectives but also their long time working relationship. There are also a number of references to old movies and TV shows, and readers may feel good about reading them if they have watched the same in the past. The musings about the awful neighbour could have been avoided since these musings add nothing new to the story. Actually this whole neighbour thing really gets on reader's nerves. This is certainly a good book to read and relax in peaceful evenings. However, do not compare it with great mysteries of Christie’s and other novelists because you will get disappointed. This book has its own charm and one should read only for that. This is the first Steve Demaree book I have read and will certainly read more in future. Also see: http://pgalmora.wordpress.com/2014/04...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Kelly

    I deleted this only 4% in. It wasn't what I expected at all and was a comedy, really, as opposed to the serious murder mystery I'd hoped for. On almost the first page someone was ringing their hands as well....not a great start for me, either. To think a policeman would go into a home where somebody has just found a relation's dead body and to ask "who's your friend" referring to a policeman already sitting with her I just found crass, not the least bit amusing or believable, I'm afraid. And then I deleted this only 4% in. It wasn't what I expected at all and was a comedy, really, as opposed to the serious murder mystery I'd hoped for. On almost the first page someone was ringing their hands as well....not a great start for me, either. To think a policeman would go into a home where somebody has just found a relation's dead body and to ask "who's your friend" referring to a policeman already sitting with her I just found crass, not the least bit amusing or believable, I'm afraid. And then to take a candybar from his pocket and ask the grieving relative if she'd like a bite went beyond ridiculous for me and I packed it in there.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Murder Mystery Galore I enjoyed 52 Steps to Murder. Decker actually made me think of Colombo. I loved how Cy and Lou worked together and their daily messages from God that helped them out. The story had great twists and turns that certainly kept me guessing in this mystery. I am looking forward to reading more about these two officers with their down home, old fashioned detection style.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Heather W

    One of my favourite series and authors, Mr Demaree provides a set of characters that are funny and wonderfully well written. I adore this series for its humour and for its main characters, who I often think are a male version of me if I were ever to become a detective. I did not solve the crime in this book, but the fun was in the reading and I had a wonderful time re-reading this book. A recommended easy and enjoyable read

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    Love the humor in this Book!!!!! Well worth the read just for the laughs :)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Diane Turpin

    This is a quick read. A funny cozy mystery with a few disjointed places. The plot was well planned but I would have liked a bit more story development.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    It was okay-just not my type of book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sue Cullins

    A wonderful murder mystery I loved this book. It is wonderful. It is the funniest book I have ever read. I laughed so hard at times that I could hardly breathe. It is also a wonderful mystery. There are a lot of suspects who could be the killer. It keeps you guessing and then it has a surprise ending. It is an unusual murder mystery. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading a good clean murder mystery. I also liked how Cy has a devotional every morning and Lou gets a clue from God every A wonderful murder mystery I loved this book. It is wonderful. It is the funniest book I have ever read. I laughed so hard at times that I could hardly breathe. It is also a wonderful mystery. There are a lot of suspects who could be the killer. It keeps you guessing and then it has a surprise ending. It is an unusual murder mystery. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading a good clean murder mystery. I also liked how Cy has a devotional every morning and Lou gets a clue from God every day.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    I found this a very interesting story. A little wordy at times but still it was interesting. There is a murder that takes place in a house on a hill that has 52 steps from the road to the front door (hence the title.) Our leads are two plus size men who are very comfortable with their body image and are not inclined to buy into the social view that everyone should be as skinny as a rail. The neighborhood houses are all connected together by underground tunnels and this is where I really got into I found this a very interesting story. A little wordy at times but still it was interesting. There is a murder that takes place in a house on a hill that has 52 steps from the road to the front door (hence the title.) Our leads are two plus size men who are very comfortable with their body image and are not inclined to buy into the social view that everyone should be as skinny as a rail. The neighborhood houses are all connected together by underground tunnels and this is where I really got into the story. I have always thought it would be neat to have secret passages in my home and this story allows me to look into that. Once the detectives find the passages the story begins to take off. I thought I knew who did in but in the end I figured wrong. There are not a lot of plot twists there is only a good solid mystery. This looks to be a good series and I have already started on the second book. The only bad thing I could say about it is that at times the dialogue could be shorter. I want story not filler. The filler isn't bad so don't let me steer you away from this book but I like to get to the point in my conversations as well as my reading. This is a good book and it should be tried if you like mysteries. This has little to no violence and no bad language. It's just a good story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carol Arnold

    Took about half the book to really get interested in the story. Before that I kept thinking that these detectives were a cross between Adam 12 and Columbo. I was surprised that this mystery was also a humorous book, for the most part not rolling on floor humorous, but still enjoyable. The mystery was solved in the end and wrapped up nicely with no hint of the guilty party until the reveal. I was thankful that it did not keep me hanging since it is book one of a series. There were a few people th Took about half the book to really get interested in the story. Before that I kept thinking that these detectives were a cross between Adam 12 and Columbo. I was surprised that this mystery was also a humorous book, for the most part not rolling on floor humorous, but still enjoyable. The mystery was solved in the end and wrapped up nicely with no hint of the guilty party until the reveal. I was thankful that it did not keep me hanging since it is book one of a series. There were a few people that were big parts of the story who were suspects, but in the end, not guilty. They were just left hanging. In the story, they were missing. And it was left that way. Where did they go? There was not even a hint that they would show up in the next book. In fact, I think that each book in the series is independent with only the same detectives. So I guess I will never know what happened to the missing people. Oh well, I won't lose any sleep over it! Overall, it was an enjoyable, fast read, but not likely on that I will revisit.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jae Park

    I enjoyed 52 Steps To Murder enormously. Dekker and Murdock are so much fun to read as they moan and groan about having to climb all 52 steps up to the house where the murder of an elderly lady occurred. They follow different clues and end up having to climb those darn steps many times in order to figure out the culprit. They meet a lot of different characters that live in Hilltop Place, and they try to figure out which ones have an alibi. The problem seems to be that everyone involved didn't h I enjoyed 52 Steps To Murder enormously. Dekker and Murdock are so much fun to read as they moan and groan about having to climb all 52 steps up to the house where the murder of an elderly lady occurred. They follow different clues and end up having to climb those darn steps many times in order to figure out the culprit. They meet a lot of different characters that live in Hilltop Place, and they try to figure out which ones have an alibi. The problem seems to be that everyone involved didn't have the time or were far away when the murder took place. In the end, when they finally figure it out, I was very surprised to find out the murderer. That is always a good thing and one I enjoy whilst reading a murder mystery. This book was a fun, sassy read with so many funny parts that made me chuckle out loud.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Boredom Books

    This book is all over the place. Even though it's already short, it should've been shorter given the actual content in question. Instead of being extremely repetitive with random jabs at candy, annoying neighbors, whatever book or movie they're reading or watching, it should've focused a bit more on the actual details of the case, because for such a plain simple-minded story, you're only prepared for the same when it comes to the end, not two complicated and over-convoluted and complex endings t This book is all over the place. Even though it's already short, it should've been shorter given the actual content in question. Instead of being extremely repetitive with random jabs at candy, annoying neighbors, whatever book or movie they're reading or watching, it should've focused a bit more on the actual details of the case, because for such a plain simple-minded story, you're only prepared for the same when it comes to the end, not two complicated and over-convoluted and complex endings that you completely give up while reading. It had the bones of something interesting, it just ultimately never goes there.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    This was a little outside my regular mystery fare. A vanilla, conservative and simplistic book that actually turned out enjoyable. The mystery keeps you in the dark. The byplay between the lead characters gets a little sappy but as a break between more intense reads, this was ok. I would recommend trying to see if you might like it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    A woman is found poisoned in her bedroom in a house on top of a very high hill. It is also discovered that the woman's next door neighbor was also murdered. With two overweight police officers investigating the crimes, many steps to climb, dry humour, nosy neighbours, and underground passages, this book was lots of fun to read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Good murder mystery. The detective reminds me of Columbo. I do think the story was to wordy but a good mystery

  23. 5 out of 5

    Misti Yerton

    I finished it, so I guess it's not the worst book in the world, but it really suffers from a lot of problems. I definitely won't continue in the series. First of all, oh my gosh everyone got the memo - the detectives are fat and kinda old and there are a lot of steps. We do not need this to be constantly revisited. Even a visual gag in a visual medium can get old. This is text, so it gets annoying really quickly. Next, every time a clue is revealed, we don't need the narrator to play mental detect I finished it, so I guess it's not the worst book in the world, but it really suffers from a lot of problems. I definitely won't continue in the series. First of all, oh my gosh everyone got the memo - the detectives are fat and kinda old and there are a lot of steps. We do not need this to be constantly revisited. Even a visual gag in a visual medium can get old. This is text, so it gets annoying really quickly. Next, every time a clue is revealed, we don't need the narrator to play mental detective - could this mean A, B, C, or maybe X, Y, Z - especially not if you're going to rehash the same line of questioning each time yet another clue is reveled. We get it! - it could be A because X; stop hammering it. I know the narrator is the detective, but we don't need to be privy to his every thought. Let the reader play mental detective! It's especially frustrating for everything to be spelled out at a dragging pace and then the ending is rushed and painted on. The attempts at character building were strange. It's one thing to tell us they go to church weekly and do devotionals daily, and okay, I guess that tells me something, but I don't need in-depth descriptions of the fiction books they're reading or the DVDs they're watching. There's a way to do that, but here, it just comes across as filler. And all the verbal jabs and repartee between the characters goes on about one or two rounds too long. The "messages from God" just came across as a lazy attempt at foreshadowing. And since you're hammering all the points anyway, we probably don't need you to try to foreshadow anything anway.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Sabean

    It’s a decent plot I liked how the story played out, so begrudgingly gave it a 2nd star. That being said, the writing is an absolute mess. There are details thrown in that make no sense, spelling and grammar errors, and just a lot of useless nonsense that could have been cut out to make this a much shorter and more enjoyable read. I honestly can’t stand reading books written in the first person, but can get over it if they are well written, which this book is not. Starting with the nonsense where t It’s a decent plot I liked how the story played out, so begrudgingly gave it a 2nd star. That being said, the writing is an absolute mess. There are details thrown in that make no sense, spelling and grammar errors, and just a lot of useless nonsense that could have been cut out to make this a much shorter and more enjoyable read. I honestly can’t stand reading books written in the first person, but can get over it if they are well written, which this book is not. Starting with the nonsense where the detective is describing in painstaking detail how he eats his candy after offering a bite to a murder victim’s granddaughter (yeah, never would happen in real life) to the great depths he went to describe the watching of night time TV, the whole thing is really nonsensical. Adding in references to God really did nothing for the story, if anything it really alienated some of the readers who either will be offended by references to God or who disagree with your premise that God would “speak” to a detective to give him some kind of obscure, cryptic message. Honestly if you cut that nonsense out it would also make the book shorter and more enjoyable to read. I did like the sense of humor, and the wise cracks made by most of the characters made up for a lot of the lack of any kind of editing in the book... I have to be honest, by about 70% of the way through I started skimming anything that wasn’t directly related to the investigation, and wouldn’t have even done that except I was curious who dunnit. There were plenty of twists and turns and I liked how there wasn’t an obvious suspect through the entire book, but the writing is simply atrocious.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Romines

    I had the great pleasure of meeting the author at the Kentucky Book Fair, so this isn't exactly an unbiased review. I love to read. I expect there aren't that many on this site who don't. I've read all sort of books over the years, from all kinds of genres. I'm used to blood curdling thrillers and heart pounding mysteries. '52 Steps to Murder' is the first cozy mystery I've ever read, but it was a wonderful experience. For starters, there's no profanity, violence, or sex, which sets it apart fro I had the great pleasure of meeting the author at the Kentucky Book Fair, so this isn't exactly an unbiased review. I love to read. I expect there aren't that many on this site who don't. I've read all sort of books over the years, from all kinds of genres. I'm used to blood curdling thrillers and heart pounding mysteries. '52 Steps to Murder' is the first cozy mystery I've ever read, but it was a wonderful experience. For starters, there's no profanity, violence, or sex, which sets it apart from most mysteries and thrillers I've read. The two protagonists aren't gritty, world-weary souls with substance abuse issues--they're two ernest, kind people who want to do their best to make the world a better place. They may be partners on the force, but they've been best friends since childhood, and the strength of their bond really shows. Most endearing, there is so much humor in this story. After meeting him, I know the author is a funny guy in real life, but I was amazed to see how well it translates to the page. When I say this is a good book, I don't just mean it in the entertaining sense of the word. On a deeper level, it's a morally good tale (and an entertaining mystery to boot). It's a sweet story that brought a smile to my face as I read each word because it was so different than the darker stories I usually read. I highly recommend this book, and can't wait to check out the rest of the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Cy Dekker is a lieutenant in homicide. His partner is Sergeant Lou Murdock. Both men are older (at least in the mid 50s) and rotund. They are called to the scene where an elderly woman has been found dead. Once it is determined to be homicide, Cy and Lou must run through a list of suspects, most of whom have no motive and are eliminated by the timeline. This is a humorous cozy mystery, not a gritty action packed one. While I did chuckle a few times, the characters thought they were funnier than t Cy Dekker is a lieutenant in homicide. His partner is Sergeant Lou Murdock. Both men are older (at least in the mid 50s) and rotund. They are called to the scene where an elderly woman has been found dead. Once it is determined to be homicide, Cy and Lou must run through a list of suspects, most of whom have no motive and are eliminated by the timeline. This is a humorous cozy mystery, not a gritty action packed one. While I did chuckle a few times, the characters thought they were funnier than they really were. References to the characters' age and size, along with how many stairs they have to climb to each house and how out of shape the men are, fill the book. I found most of the story to be rather dull and the resolution convoluted. Normally I wouldn't go any further in the series (honestly, I probably wouldn't have finished this book) but I read book #8 in the series (Murder at the Book Fair) first, and I really enjoyed it. 52 Steps to Murder is Demaree's debut novel so I will give it grace and continue since I know his writing improves. This is a completely family friendly book - no sex, no profanity, and minimal violence (it is a murder mystery after all). Read it as background on the characters and go on.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Honeybee

    Funniest murder mystery I’ve ever read! 52 Steps to Murder was the most hysterical whodunnit I have ever read! The title, “52 Steps” refers to the number of steps it takes to get to the first victim’s house. Lt. Cy Dekker and Sgt. Lou Murdoch are overweight, single, middle-aged detectives whose brains are in way better shape than their bodies. From the time they are called to investigate the death of Mrs. Nelson at her Hilltop home, until the two finally crack the case, they experience one unexpe Funniest murder mystery I’ve ever read! 52 Steps to Murder was the most hysterical whodunnit I have ever read! The title, “52 Steps” refers to the number of steps it takes to get to the first victim’s house. Lt. Cy Dekker and Sgt. Lou Murdoch are overweight, single, middle-aged detectives whose brains are in way better shape than their bodies. From the time they are called to investigate the death of Mrs. Nelson at her Hilltop home, until the two finally crack the case, they experience one unexpected, confusing and often painful surprise after another. Their playful banter with each other, various colleagues and Cy’s overzealous spinster neighbor will leave most readers in stitches. Vivid scenes of their struggles up and down the many flights of stairs in the neighborhood and misadventures trying to apprehend the culprit are aptly compared to the comedic antics of Abbott and Costello. The peculiar residents of the neighborhood under investigation will make you appreciate your own living situation somewhat. With so many suspects, alibis and possible motives, the author kept me guessing until the very end who could have killed the victim and how. This is a mystery almost anyone can enjoy, since there is no sex or profanity at all. 52 Steps to Murder is good, clean fun with a hint of Christian faith tossed in for good measure.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carly Krewitsky

    This book is a murder mystery. It is about two out of shape detectives who have to climb 52 steps to get to the front door of the murder victim's house. The murder victim is an old woman named Mrs. Nelson. Mrs. Nelson was found dead in her bed by her granddaughter Angela Nelson. We find out that Mrs. Nelson was poisoned. Later, another elderly woman who was friends with Mrs. Nelson is also found dead. Mrs. Jarvis was confined to a wheelchair; she was also poisoned. Cy Dekker and his partner Lou This book is a murder mystery. It is about two out of shape detectives who have to climb 52 steps to get to the front door of the murder victim's house. The murder victim is an old woman named Mrs. Nelson. Mrs. Nelson was found dead in her bed by her granddaughter Angela Nelson. We find out that Mrs. Nelson was poisoned. Later, another elderly woman who was friends with Mrs. Nelson is also found dead. Mrs. Jarvis was confined to a wheelchair; she was also poisoned. Cy Dekker and his partner Lou Murdock must find out who the murderer or murderers are. There are plenty of suspects but not much motive. These women were well liked and so no one had any reason to kill them. The author tries to mislead the reader into thinking that perhaps the mailman Mr. Hartley was the murderer because he wanted to get rich and knew that the women were wealthy. He also makes the reader think that maybe Mrs. Reynolds killed Mrs. Nelson if we were to believe that Mrs. Reynolds' son Jimmy pushed Mrs. Nelson down the stairs and Mrs. Nelson was planning on reporting that to the police--Mrs. Reynolds would protect her son no matter what. There was a lot of humor in this book. I liked Cy and his partner Lou's friendship.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Debbie West

    A Whodunit with humor The witty repartee between Lt Cy Dekker & his sargent Lou, the medical examiner Frank, & police officer George kept me smiling during most of this story. The redundant summation of same evidence & clues collected gave me a headache, even though that repetition is typical of whodunits. That's why I usually don't read them. Ohher than that, I liked the mysteru itself & the end result. However, one thing wasn't explained. I can't mention it because it's a big twist in the story A Whodunit with humor The witty repartee between Lt Cy Dekker & his sargent Lou, the medical examiner Frank, & police officer George kept me smiling during most of this story. The redundant summation of same evidence & clues collected gave me a headache, even though that repetition is typical of whodunits. That's why I usually don't read them. Ohher than that, I liked the mysteru itself & the end result. However, one thing wasn't explained. I can't mention it because it's a big twist in the story. But I'm really frustrated because the author left it hanging there, not even mentioning it in the end. Maybe it will be explained in another book? Plus I didn't like the fact that after all these clues & suspects were discussed many times, Lt Dekker suddenly knows who the murderer is, but gives the reader NO clue. I thought in whodunits the reader gets involved in figuring it out too & gets to see if he or she was right. Sorry, I'm just not a whodunit fan & I don't like unexplained things in stories. But if you do, you'll love this book!

  30. 4 out of 5

    F

    Really I think 3.5 stars. I did like it enough to get the second in the series but I probably would not have paid for it. I look forward to seeing if the author get's better with experience. He's already good. pros- no foul language [a big plus in my book], cops aren't unbelievable super-duper guys, lots of humour, intriguing story which you can follow for the most part as if you were part of it [to try and solve the mystery], respectful of religion in general and Christianity in particular and t Really I think 3.5 stars. I did like it enough to get the second in the series but I probably would not have paid for it. I look forward to seeing if the author get's better with experience. He's already good. pros- no foul language [a big plus in my book], cops aren't unbelievable super-duper guys, lots of humour, intriguing story which you can follow for the most part as if you were part of it [to try and solve the mystery], respectful of religion in general and Christianity in particular and treats the latter as a normal way of life [which it is for millions of people] and not as an oddball thing [the cops aren't super saints either] cons- a tendency to overkill [for example-the 52 steps] but then again that happens in real life as well so there is that, a loose string or two [SPOILER ALERT** where did the woman and her son go?] I didn't actually read it in one day [about 4] but the Goodreads website won't let me fix that for some reason.

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