This is the first mystery novel of poet Jon Loomis and it is a good one. The story takes place in Provincetown on Cape Cod. The hero is an ex Baltimore Homicide Detective that hit the wall. He witnessed one too many gruesome crimes and had a panic attack. This character has a great name, Frank Coffin. He is former smoker and dates a Yoga instructor who wants to get impregnated.
Frank doesn't think he is ready for playing the role of daddy. His father was a rum-runner/fisherman who was killed at sea. Frank hates boats.
Frank does like his job in P'town, but not during the tourist season. P'town is known worldwide for being a place that is accepting of alternate lifestyles. Beaches are packed with hand-holding couples of the same-sex; most immodestly attired. Wild behavior is the norm.
So it is no surprise when a popular TV minister is found strangled on the beach one night dressed is a cheap wig and floral Mu Mu! Check that, the surprise is that a person is found dead. The last homicide was over 10 years ago. This was one of the reasons that Frank took the job. He thought he could cruise through this new career opportunity without ever having to view another dead body.
Bodies begin to pile up and Frank is placed in a difficult situation. He is ordered to begin an illegal investigation mirroring that of the State Police; which is the town council's knee-jerk response to the sudden bell-curve-breaking fatality count. Frank partners-up with the beautiful lesbian Police Sergeant, Lola Winters, and the hunt is on.
This mystery is followed by the second book in this new mystery series entitled: Mating Season. For readers looking for a new series that does not contain a lot of blood and sex, but is clever and has many interesting, diverse characters, this is a good choice.