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News & Features » December 2018 » DEATH OF A RAINMAKER is a Best Book of 2018!

DEATH OF A RAINMAKER is a Best Book of 2018!

We are thrilled that Laurie Loewenstein’s Death of a Rainmaker has been recognized with wide-ranging praise and has been selected for multiple “best” lists of the year! Some highlights include:

Library Journal Best Book of 2018: “Loewen­stein’s terrific historical mystery wears its history lightly and its humanity beautifully. The first in a series, it’s a realistic, expertly drawn novel with characters you’ll come to love.”

NPR Best Book of 2018 (selected by Maureen Corrigan): “Laurie Loewenstein’s Depression-era mystery is brooding and gritty and graced with authenticity.”

Historical Novel SocietyEditor’s Choice: “Some books have such fine character detail . . . and complex, nuanced storyline that the reader naturally slows down to savor the experience. This is one of them.”

South Florida Magazine Best Mystery Novels of 2018 (selected by Oline Cogdill): “Set in an Oklahoma small town during the Great Depression, this launch of a promising new series is as vivid as the stark photographs of Dorothea Lange.”

Milwaukee Journal SentinelEditor’s Pick (selected by Jim Higgins): “A vivid evocation of life during the Dust Bowl; you might need a glass of water at hand while reading Loewenstein’s novel.”

Mystery Scene Magazine Holiday 2018 issue (featured by Betty Webb): “What makes Loewenstein’s novel so outstanding is the cast of characters she has assembled . . . Death of a Rainmaker is a superb book, one that sets the reader right down amid some of the hardest times our country has faced, and lets us feel those hopeful farmers’ despair as they witness their dreams turning to dust.”

New York Times Book Review (Marilyn Stasio’s Crime column): “Loewenstein’s sensitive treatment of these dark days in the Dust Bowl era offers little humor but a whole lot of compassion.”

Check out the full list of praise here. Congratulations, Laurie!

Posted: Dec 3, 2018

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