#BookReview “Hit Or Miss” by Jeff Markowitz

April 1-30, 2021 Tour



4/5 Stars!

Amidst the controversy of the war in Vietnam, anti-war demonstrations, the growing fight for women’s rights, and a generational divide, a woman is murdered in her bed. Her death is believed to have happened in a burglary gone wrong and is on its way to becoming a closed case.

Things don’t seem so open and shut when Detective Stanley Miller finds out of the cause of death and the investigation heads in a new direction. Miller has his hands full not just with sorting the case without stepping on toes, but also the dead woman, Rosalie Bayard, was the mother of his son’s girlfriend, Emily.

He and his son, Ben, aren’t getting along right now and he believes Emily and her liberal ideals are partly to blame.

However, the Miller family issues pale in comparison to the Bayard’s when the investigation points to Emily’s father being involved in her mother’s death.

I figured out the details because actions speak louder than words, but it was also easy to see how a killer could go undetected.

Favorite character was Ben’s mom. While not high-profile in the story, when she got her fifteen minutes of fame, she was all, “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille,” and ran with it! HA!

Nice twisty read with well-developed characters in a time when society was trying to hold on to… or find its identity.





When you’re twenty-one years old, it can be hard, under the best of circumstances, to balance the expectations of your father and the desires of your girlfriend. For Ben Miller and his girlfriend Emily Bayard, circumstances are far from perfect.

Emily’s mother has been murdered. Ben’s father, a detective in Dutch Neck, catches the case. It’s not long before evidence suggests that Emily’s father may be responsible for the death of his wife.

Set against the backdrop of the cultural and political unrest associated with the war in Viet Nam, Emily and Ben find themselves attracted by the politics and lifestyle of the counter-culture.

As Detective Miller conducts the homicide investigation and Dr. Bayard attempts to keep an affair with his secretary secret, everyone else in the town of Dutch Neck that summer of 1970 has the same question.

Who is responsible for the death of Rosalie Bayard?

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery

Published by: WiDo Publishing

Publication Date: December 29, 2020

Number of Pages: 278

ISBN: 9781947966482

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads



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