Those who know me well will tell you that my love of music comes close to my love of a good mystery. So it's a pure joy to find a writer who handles both my great artistic loves with flair.

I met Raymond Benson briefly at a writer's convention, but it took me until now to get around to his rock and roll thriller, A Hard Day’s Death. Spike Berenger, who runs Rockin' Security, has to investigate when an aging classic rocker dies in an apparent suicide. Suspects and walk-ons include enough true progressive rockers to make me sure that Ray is a music insider. In fact, I think he must get drunk with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.

If you don't know who that band is, maybe this one isn't for you. Those of you with a little more class, who also enjoy a great mystery, will want to add "A Hard Day's Death" to your personal library.

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