|Blood in the Water - Jane Haddam|
Jane Haddam is the pen name of author Orania Papazoglou, who has also published books under her real name. Her most popular series is that featuring Gregor Demarkian, a former FBI agent now working as a police consultant and known to the Press as "the Armenian-American Hercule Poirot." He lives in an Armenian-American neighborhood in Philadelphia, where his quirky neighbors scold, meddle, and coddle him.
I enjoy the Gregor Demarkian books, but I find it necessary to read them in strict order, because I can never tell by the descriptions whether I've read the books or not. (There's always a murder, a group of unlikeable suspects that always includes at least one bitter and usually man-hating older woman, and Gregor's difficulties dealing with the cold, technology, or his inability to drive.) In general, I like the earlier novels in the series better than the later ones, but Blood in the Water is much better than many of her more recent books.