Fly Me to the Morgue Hardcover – Jun 1 2011
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About the Author
Robert J. Randisi, author of more than a dozen mystery novels, is also the editor of more than twenty-five anthologies. He is the founder of the Private Eye Writers of America, the creator of the Shamus Award, and co-founder of Mystery Scene magazine. He lives in Missouri.
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I love the Rat Pack and I love Las Vegas. I also love this series. The mysteries are well-constructed, the mob is involved, the cops aren't always the brightest, the grammar isn't always perfect, and the Vegas atmosphere is wonderful!
You can read the entire six book series poolside in Vegas this summer. Do it!! And may Mr. Randisi write another dozen of them.
Stuart Kaminsky was the first author I discovered with this premise when I latched onto his "Toby Peters" mysteries involving movie stars of the 1940s. Now Robert Randisi has done the same... only this time using those Rat Pack idols Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford.
Fly Me To the Morgue is the sixth Randisi book using the memories of one Eddie Gianelli, former pit boss at the Sands Hotel. "Mr. G" seems to have been often called on to help Martin, Sinatra, et al, out of a situation and now he is telling these tales to interesting listeners.
Naturally the Pack's adventurers often incorporate their Hollywood friends, and in this particular tale Bing Crosby stars and is involved due to murders that take place as a result of his interest in a racing horse. In case you didn't know, Crosby founded the well-known Del Mar Race Track and loved horse racing.
Ginaelli isn't beyond dropping names so naturally Bob Hope appears. and Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner have also been in other books. Randisi often adds other known show people as supporting cast. Frank Sinatra Jr., and Jack Jones are mentioned in this edition, for example.
In each event, Gianelli and his Bronx Mafia enforcer buddy Jerry Epstein connect in the stories and a reoccuring cast of characters appears to keep consistency. Gianelli is a likable character, and he and Jerry are as comfortable as Crosby and Hope.
Randisi is a fun writer and his tales flow smoothly and easily... like butter on hot bread. If you have any interest in mysteries surrounding Hollywood and Las Vegas stars, read Randisi's Rat Pack mysteries. I can't wait for them.
This mystery, like the others, isn't particularly deep but it is so engaging, and so page-turning, that I thoroughly enjoyed myself and raced right through it. All our favorites are back, including Eddie, Jerry, Danny, as well as Frank, Dino, and various other celebrities. Randisi continues to weave Eddie seamlessly into the Vegas of the 60s, and I continue to love these books. This one is just as good as the others, and the addition of Bing to the storyline is just icing on the cake. Why aren't you reading these books? They're too much fun!