Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Maxwell Street Blues by Marc Krulewitch

Author: Marc Krulewitch
Publisher: Random House Alibi
Date of publication: August 2014

Chicago runs in Jules Landau’s veins. So does the blood of crooks. Now Jules is going legit as a private eye, stalking bail jumpers and cheating spouses—until he gets his first big case. Unfortunately, the client is his ex-con father, and the job is finding the killer of a man whom Jules loved like family. Why did someone put two bullets in the head of gentle bookkeeper Charles Snook? Jules is determined to find out, even if the search takes him to perilous places he never wanted to go.

Snooky, as he was affectionately known, had a knack for turning dirty dollars clean, with clients ranging from humble shop owners to sharp-dressed mobsters. As Jules retraces Snooky’s last days, he crosses paths with a way-too-eager detective, a gorgeous and perplexing tattoo artist, a silver-haired university administrator with a kinky side, and a crusading journalist. Exposing one dirty secret after another, the PI is on a dangerous learning curve. And, at the top of that curve, a killer readies to strike again.

Maxwell Street Blues was a very enjoyable read.  I have to say, I wasn't sure if I was going to like the book at first, but before I knew it, I was halfway through.  I was sucked in that fast.  I had a fun time following Jules on his path to find out why his mentor, Snooky, was killed.  I thought the mystery was very well planned out and the number of suspects was just enough to had me doubting my guesses along the way.
I loved the main character Jules.  He is really trying to make something different out of his life than following family tradition of a life of crime.  He kind of took me by surprise because he is a vegetarian, doesn't drink,  loves his cat and has a pretty good sense of humor.  I was expecting someone more dark, so it was a really nice change!  The book is also filled with other interesting characters to make the book a great start to a series.  I highly recommend this one and look forward to reading more with Jules Landau in it.

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About the author:

Marc Krulewitch’s Jules Landau mysteries take place in Chicago, where he was born and where his family has lived for generations. He now resides in Colorado.

Marc Krulewitch’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, July 28th: Reading Reality
Tuesday, July 29th: Mystery Playground
Wednesday, July 30th: Dwell in Possibility
Monday, August 4th: Omnimystery News - author guest post
Thursday, August 7th:  Rhodes Review
Thursday, August 14th: Book Dilettante
Monday, August 18th:  Just One More Chapter
Tuesday, August 19th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, August 19th:  Words by Webb
Monday, August 25th:  By the Book Reviews
Tuesday, August 26th: Fiction Zeal
Thursday, August 28th: Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Wednesday, September 3rd:  Kritter’s Ramblings
Friday, September 5th: A Book Geek

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jules sounds like a fascinating character!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.