Friday, September 12, 2014

And All That Madness Book Review

Publisher:  CreateSpace (February 20 2013)
Category: Mystery
ISBN: 13: 9781 489278981
Tour Dates: September, 2014
Available in: Print , Audio, and E-book, 227 Pages
AND ALL THAT MADNESS is a Casey McKie mystery. When the New York Jazz Society acquires a fifty-year old letter from Georgia Valentine, questions arise over the legendary vocalist’s death. Did she give herself a fatal dose of heroin, as the original investigators ruled, or did someone kill her? And if it was murder, what was the motive? 
Casey moves her operation from San Francisco to New York to investigate the cold case, questioning Georgia’s musician friends, her widower, a drug dealer, a Broadway actress, a mafia boss and the authorities who declared the death a suicide. This quest takes Casey to New York’s most venerable jazz clubs, a Harlem nursing home, a mob-owned Italian restaurant, a lesbian bar and One Police Plaza, home of the NYPD. 
She joins forces with an attractive detective from the Organized Crime unit, and, as the case progresses, so does their relationship. With no shortage of suspects, Casey ultimately uncovers evidence revealing a surprising killer. Author Joan Merrill has produced yet another captivating mystery as part of her on-going detective series featuring SF detective Casey McKie. 
My Review:
If you are a music lover, then you will find this book a delight to read about the Jazz world and the kinds of people who go to these Jazz clubs and listen to that old timey band music.
This story is seeped in a 50 year old murder case or should I say when it was closed they marked it down as a drug overdose. But, now someone wants to know the truth so they hire Casey McKie to find out what really happened to her.
Seems the victim had a pretty flavorful life between drugs, the mob and the people she picked to be her lovers. All of it spelled trouble and it was almost like she craved the violence in these situations or why else would you continue to do things that put you in harms way?
And for that job, you need a private investigator, such as Casey McKie to go do some digging.
Why was the victim hushed up? They took a pretty big risk by showing up at her hospital bed and injecting heroin into her IV. How bold can the killer be and what are they trying to hush up?
Happy Reading!

Merrill craftily deflects suspicion from suspect to suspect before sounding the final chord in this swinging whodunit.” – Harvey Siders, JazzTimes

“And All That Madness is a well-constructed, slickly-told detective story that emphatically underlines the writer’s secure knowledge of jazz, her believable settings, and her light touch with dialogue. Definitely a good read.” -Bruce Crowther, crime novelist and jazz writer, Jazz Journal International

“I have now read all 4 of this Authors books. I have passed them on to my mom who Loves Murder Mysteries. She has actually read a few of them twice, she loves them so. These are a must read with tons of mystery and excitement. I highly recommend this Author Joan Merrill. Get them all and enjoy.”-Kristi King, Amazon Reviewer

About the Author:
Joan Merrill has written five Casey McKie mysteries, all taking place in the world of jazz: And All That Murder (2009), And All That Sea (2010), And All That Stalking (2011). And All That Madness (2012), And All That Motive (2014).
All books (except Motive, which will be published in early fall), are available at and Kindle. And All That Madness is available as an audio book, narrated by long-time KCSM radio host, Alisa Clancy. To download, go to or or for the CD version, go to An audio book of And All That Stalking is under production.

Joan Merrill has worked in the jazz field for over twenty years, producing fourteen shows for NPR’s Jazz Profiles and four shows for the Smithsonian/PRI series Jazz Singers. She’s represented various jazz singers; produced the video documentary “Saying It with Jazz” featuring Carmen McRae and others; and produced three CDs under her own label. She also created and curates the website:

Merrill is currently producing a musical revue tribute to Doris Day, entitled “Que Sera! Celebrating Doris Day” with Kristi King. See

Paperback versions of the Casey McKie mysteries may be purchased at reduced rates from the Website. You can also connect with her thru Twitter.

The author is giving one winner a choice of either a paperback copy or an ebook in your choice of format. Open in the Continental U.S. only and in Canada. Good Luck Everyone!
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Lisa Brown said...

i would like a paperback copy
lisa brown
Thank you!

Teddy Rose said...

Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book!

Denise said...

This plot sounds like an episode on "Midsomer Murders", a quirky mystery series, that I love! Thank you for the giveaway.

Denise said...

I would like a paperback copy, please.

Denise said...

I prefer paperbacks, thanks!

Anita Yancey said...

I would prefer a paperback copy of the book. Thanks for having the giveaway.