Little Easter is the second Dylan Klein mystery by Reed Farrel Coleman. Like its predecessor, Life Goes Sleeping, this book made me want to keep reading until I got to the satisfying conclusion. True, a few clues turn up at the end that were absent throughout this book, but it didn’t make a difference.
Dylan Klein, insurance investigator turned writer turned detective and his friend, ex-policeman Johnny MacClough, are both people you’d like as friends. In this episode, Dylan is tending Johnny’s bar, the Rusty Scupper, on Christmas eve. It’s dead and Dylan’s ready to close when a 40-ish woman rushes in, looking for Johnny Blue. Since Dylan knows no one by that name, he can’t help. A very short time later that evening, she’s found dead at the local Long Island Railroad Station. The remainder of the book dredges up old friends and some not so friendly old friends. There are good cops and bad cops, and a washed up news reporter looking for a comeback.
It’s Coleman’s combination of action, humor and people that make his books so enjoyable. As you know, I’ve become a great fan of his and am looking forward to the final book in this series and starting his Joe Serpe series, written as Tony Spinoza. Enjoy.