When the owner of the Bully Pulpit Diner decided to stop letting servers accept tips, he figured the raise he gave them would keep them happy.
Apparently not. Or were some of his other hobbies what got poor Ben Addison killed?
Police Chief Elizabeth Friedman contends with angry food servers, rowdy frat brothers at Sweathog Agricultural College, a batch of customers who seem to know nothing, and a thief who must have really wanted something from Ben.
One of them keeps a good secret in the small town of Logland, Illinois.
Join Elizabeth, Medical Examiner Skelly, and an offbeat group of characters who will tackle a murder and tickle your funny bone.
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Who killed Ben Addison?
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This is a perfect pairing of story and narrator. The easy going policing of a small agricultural college town is matched by the pleasantly gentle verbal amble of Kevin Iggens. The owner of a popular 24 hour diner is found dead early one morning. Nothing seemed to have been stolen. The police chief, a woman, had recently transferred there to escape the homicides so frequent in Chicago, whilst her colleagues, all male, had never had to investigate a murder before and, as in any small town, knew most of the locals and their secrets, pretty well. The victim had been well liked by everyone including his serving staff, despite the recently imposed 'no tips' imposition which had reduced their incomes and divided the college fraternity which started demonstrations for and against.The search for the killer is slow moving, introducing the other residents of the town and each is beautifully painted, everyone becoming a rounded personality. It is the very real aspect of this book which is so appealing. Both the happenings and the conversations feel authentic..
This reality is further enhanced by Mr.Iggen's performance, who voices each of the protagonists clearly as individuals, whilst his text reading between conversation mirrors the emotional content, gently accented and warm and easy to hear. No fireworks but fully tonal.
I loved listening to this book and was saddened when it ended. I felt connected to the town and it's inhabitants and really wanted to know more about them and their ongoing futures. Although a stand alone story, there are hopes that author Elaine Orr might revisit the town and write another some time in the future. If so, I will definitely want to read it.
My thanks to the rights holder of Tip a Hat to Murder, who gifted me a complementary copy, via Audiobook Boom. A new author and narrator to add to my list of favourites.
- Norma Miles