Sunday, July 13. 1:46 A.M. Near Lookout Mountain and Laurel
Canyon. An unidentified woman in her twenties, wearing a nightgown,
was the victim of a hit-and-run accident that left her unconscious
and seriously injured. There were no witnesses.
reads the report on the accident off Mulholland Drive in Molly
Blume's Crime Sheet column for a weekly Los Angeles tabloid.
Just another small L.A. tragedy, soon forgotten. But the image
of the young woman in her nightgown stumbling along a dark,
winding road is one Molly, a freelance true-crime writer, cannot
shake. In fact, it draws her to a hospital bedside where the
victim whispers to her three names: Robbie, Max, and Nina.
not a smoking gun, but it is sufficient to reinforce Molly's
gut instinct that there are sinister circumstances behind the
assault on Lenore Saunders.
fearless conviction, Molly asks questions that nobody -- including
Lenore's mom, her ex-husband, her shrink, or even Molly's LAPD
budy, Detective Connors -- wants to answer. Nevertheless, the
astute Molly discovers that Lenore lived a fractured life so
different from Molly's own secure and loving Orthodox Jewish
background. And as a chilling picture of the unfortunate woman
begins to take shape, the menace of murders past and present
stirs and quickens.
for Blues in the Night:
York Time Book Review
"Rochelle Krich finds a better way to do it in Blues in the
Night...Krich shows that she really knows her stuff...Molly
investigates with both thoroughness and compassion, making this
new sleuth worth her salt."
"A smart new heroine...Molly's onion-peeling investigation
will appeal to those who read mysteries for the pleasure of
solving an intricate puzzle. Equally appealing, enough to make
us wish for more, is the affectionate portrait of a large, boisterous
Jewish family. Everyone needs a wise grandmother like Molly's....Krich
nicely captures the sense of community that religious faith
can create, and she skillfully paints the special beauty of
the desert landscape outside L.A."
Queen's Mystery Magazine
"An unqualified winner."
"Meet Molly Blume -- a bright new star in the fictional world
of crime and punishment...Molly, as warm and refreshing as her
all-embracing Orthodox Jewish family, doesn't waste much time
uncovering the truth. Author Krich works in the rituals of Molly's
religion without belaboring the point or spoiling a good story.
There is even a fascinating new bachelor rabbi, who just happens
to be the guy who ditched Molly in high school. Between her
family, the synagogue and unraveling the mystery behind Lenore's
death, Molly keeps herself and the reader totally engrossed."
"Smoothly written...neatly plotted, with a statisfying solution."
From Pages, January/February 2003: "Krich effectively navigates
a controversial subject with compassion and genuine insight."
"Something special.... The strength of this novel is in
its depiction of a close-knit community filled with enduring
love even in the face of trouble. Blues in the Night is a promising
debut for this new series."
"Krich's characters are warm, interesting, and unafraid
of stereotypes.... The resulting story has more twists and turns
than Laurel Canyon Drive."
"Smart and tenacious, daring yet vulnerable, Molly Blume
is an appealing character in Krich's latest. Molly writes true-crime
books and works as a newspaper stringer, transcribing paragraphs
from police reports for the crime log of a weekly in Los Angeles.
She finds herself haunted by one item: A hit-and-run driver
mows down a nightgown-clad woman who is miles from home. The
more Molly ponders the facts, the less they add up. Curious,
she plunges into the case."
"Molly Blume is the real reason to listen to this mystery.
She is a woman who is smart enough to solve crimes but is usually
motivated by compassion. She adheres to a strict religion while
managing to be a rebel in short skirts and is definitely worth
hearing from again."
"This smoothly written, cozy mystery brings us warm-hearted
Molly Blume, a charming new series character...."Blues in the
Night... is skillfully plotted, with a satisfying solution."
Jose Mercury News
"What's charming about this book is Blume herself, and the
details she relates of her Jewish life in Los Angeles -- especially
dating the new rabbi.....the novel is well crafted with some
nice relationship parallels going on as Blume tries to figure
out both the murder case and her own love life."
"Krich plans a series featuring Molly Blume. With this book,
she is off to a fine start."
Love A Mystery (three reviews):
"Another tour de force by Rochelle Krich."
"BLUES IN THE NIGHT has it all... a multi-tiered mystery, romance,
conspiracy, and an absolutely delightful new sleuth. Molly Blume,
Rochelle Krich's newest protagonist, is wonderful. She's complex,
intelligent and witty. As she struggles to reconcile her independence
and personal relationships with her upbringing, we get a marvelous
glimpse of the life and customs of an American Jewish family."
California Jewish Bulletin
"[Krich] is a fine murder mystery writer, and this latest
book is engrossing. ...Read it to see if you can figure out
who did it, and read it so that you can kvell at someone who
is able to meld American culture and Judaism so naturally."
"Top Pick! Blues in the Night is a wonderful suspense story
that keeps up its fast pace until the very last sentence"
"The ultimate solution to the mystery is suprising and satisfying....[Blue]
is an authentic, first-rate book."
"A page turner...the reader is soon as obsessed as Moly
with unravelling the backstory on the woman in the nightgown....
BLUES IN THE NIGHT is cause for celebration."
San Diego Jewish Times
"Entertaining and appealing....Blues in the Night is a welcome
addition to not only this author's body of works, but to the
mystery/suspense genre as well."
"Once again Krich has taken a hard look at today's headlines
and crafted a thoughtful, entertaining mystery. This is the
first book in her new series. Don't miss it!"
News, Audio Book Reviews
"Rochelle Krich has written a nice mystery and works it to an
exciting ending. Molly Blume is an engaging character with a
wonderful outlook on life and hopefully a bright future."
"[Krich's] most enjoyable book yet."