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Jon Loomis’s sharp and witty debut, High Season, starring Detective Frank Coffin, a onetime Baltimore homicide detective who came back to his hometown after one too many grisly crime scenes started to take their toll, was one of The Washington Post’s best mysteries of the year and an editor’s choice title for The New York Times Book Review. Coffin had hoped that the move t Jon Loomis’s sharp and witty debut, High Season, starring Detective Frank Coffin, a onetime Baltimore homicide detective who came back to his hometown after one too many grisly crime scenes started to take their toll, was one of The Washington Post’s best mysteries of the year and an editor’s choice title for The New York Times Book Review. Coffin had hoped that the move to Provincetown, Massachusetts, would put an end to his panic attacks, but so far, the quirky Cape Cod tourist town has been every bit as brutal as the big city. Now in Loomis’s winning follow-up, Coffin has to get a grip in order to investigate the murder of one of the town’s most “popular” women. Beautiful and the heir to a tremendous fortune, Kenji Sole had an active love life---a very active love life. When she’s found stabbed to death on the floor of her bedroom dressed only in a negligee, it’s clear someone very close to her is probably responsible. Since she didn’t care about her many lovers’ marital status, Frank and his partner Officer Lola Winters have their work cut out for them interviewing all of her lovers---not to mention their jealous wives---to find out who killed the much-sought-after Ms. Sole. With Mating Season, another wry and wickedly suspenseful mystery, Loomis continues to be one of crime fiction’s most promising stars.


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Jon Loomis’s sharp and witty debut, High Season, starring Detective Frank Coffin, a onetime Baltimore homicide detective who came back to his hometown after one too many grisly crime scenes started to take their toll, was one of The Washington Post’s best mysteries of the year and an editor’s choice title for The New York Times Book Review. Coffin had hoped that the move t Jon Loomis’s sharp and witty debut, High Season, starring Detective Frank Coffin, a onetime Baltimore homicide detective who came back to his hometown after one too many grisly crime scenes started to take their toll, was one of The Washington Post’s best mysteries of the year and an editor’s choice title for The New York Times Book Review. Coffin had hoped that the move to Provincetown, Massachusetts, would put an end to his panic attacks, but so far, the quirky Cape Cod tourist town has been every bit as brutal as the big city. Now in Loomis’s winning follow-up, Coffin has to get a grip in order to investigate the murder of one of the town’s most “popular” women. Beautiful and the heir to a tremendous fortune, Kenji Sole had an active love life---a very active love life. When she’s found stabbed to death on the floor of her bedroom dressed only in a negligee, it’s clear someone very close to her is probably responsible. Since she didn’t care about her many lovers’ marital status, Frank and his partner Officer Lola Winters have their work cut out for them interviewing all of her lovers---not to mention their jealous wives---to find out who killed the much-sought-after Ms. Sole. With Mating Season, another wry and wickedly suspenseful mystery, Loomis continues to be one of crime fiction’s most promising stars.

30 review for Mating Season

  1. 5 out of 5

    DROPPING OUT

    Again, two and one-half stars. The first book was a good set-up for the second because the major characters were already established. But the sub-plot of Jaimie, Frank Coffin's girl-friend, trying to get pregnant seemed pointless and the graphic sex scenes gratuitously unnecessary. A perfect beach book, also suitable for airports and long flights. Not exactly a "spoiler" alert, but it is rather lightweight; I read all 284 pages in a single sitting. Again, two and one-half stars. The first book was a good set-up for the second because the major characters were already established. But the sub-plot of Jaimie, Frank Coffin's girl-friend, trying to get pregnant seemed pointless and the graphic sex scenes gratuitously unnecessary. A perfect beach book, also suitable for airports and long flights. Not exactly a "spoiler" alert, but it is rather lightweight; I read all 284 pages in a single sitting.

  2. 4 out of 5

    M. Sprouse

    I really enjoyed this quick, light read. I wasn't expecting a "To Kill a Mockingbird" type of experience. On the positive side, without going over the plot (see others), I think it was fairly realistic. Perhaps a bit exaggerated on the number of partners the victim was running. I grew to like poor Frank Coffin, a cop who can't catch a break and seems to do everything the hard way. There were a lot of quirky elements that made it amusing, like the Chinatown visit and the monkey poo. So the pace w I really enjoyed this quick, light read. I wasn't expecting a "To Kill a Mockingbird" type of experience. On the positive side, without going over the plot (see others), I think it was fairly realistic. Perhaps a bit exaggerated on the number of partners the victim was running. I grew to like poor Frank Coffin, a cop who can't catch a break and seems to do everything the hard way. There were a lot of quirky elements that made it amusing, like the Chinatown visit and the monkey poo. So the pace was nimble and kept my interest as a vacation read. On the down side, the journey was better than the destination. My biggest complaint was that it seemed the ending was rushed and Loomis missed a fine opportunity for some quality chapters toward the end. Also, would have liked more depth and time spent on developing Duckworth, he was interesting and could have been so much more. The same with Rudy and a few others. It makes me wonder if there was a page limit for the author. I'm probably being more critical than I mean to be. Overall, the positive very much outweighs the negative and I would recommend it to a friend, if they are reading for pure fun.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I enjoyed this one more than the first. While reading, I kept visualizing the TV movies featuring Jesse Stone (Robert Parker, et al). The feel of the story itself, the byplay between Coffin and Lola as partners, and other little bits just seemed very similar. Some readers may not like elements of the case, but you can always shut the book if you don't. I enjoyed this one more than the first. While reading, I kept visualizing the TV movies featuring Jesse Stone (Robert Parker, et al). The feel of the story itself, the byplay between Coffin and Lola as partners, and other little bits just seemed very similar. Some readers may not like elements of the case, but you can always shut the book if you don't.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erocchio

    Fun murder mystery. I ready for the next one. I like Detective Coffin ( great name) and crew!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    "Mating Season" is the second novel of Loomis's Frank Coffin mystery series. Having not read the first novel, I was unprepared for Loomis's kindergarten writing style and character development. First, though, the plot. "Mating Season" revolves around the murder of a sex addict. I feel that the author chose this plot line so that he can write about kinky sex, even if it doesn't serve to further the story. The characters were thinly drawn and demonstrated no real emotional depth or complexity. Som "Mating Season" is the second novel of Loomis's Frank Coffin mystery series. Having not read the first novel, I was unprepared for Loomis's kindergarten writing style and character development. First, though, the plot. "Mating Season" revolves around the murder of a sex addict. I feel that the author chose this plot line so that he can write about kinky sex, even if it doesn't serve to further the story. The characters were thinly drawn and demonstrated no real emotional depth or complexity. Sometimes in mystery series, it can be difficult to get a feel for a character without having read novels earlier in the series. Good authors overcome this by revealing enough about recurring characters' backstories so as to engage readers new to the series. Loomis, however, is not a good writer in this respect. That said, I have a feeling that the first novel did do much more to flesh out the characters' motivations, weaknesses, psyches, etc. either. Finally, the "mystery" of the story. Talk about anti-climactic. It's not that the murderer's identity was predictable, but that the motive was completely underwhelming. (Frankly, the murderer as a character was entirely underwhelming too, per my comments above.) If nothing else, a mystery novel should keep the reader engaged in the outcome or "solution." By the end, however, I simply didn't care who did it or why. Overall, I was wholly disappointed in this novel. The only good news is that the novel did not force me to think at all and therefore I didn't waste too much time or energy in its reading.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    I just loved this book! I gave it 5 stars not because it is great literature but because it takes place in Provincetown which is a most unusual town and one with which I am fairly familiar. Loomis captures the character of P-Town like no other writer I have come across. In addition to the setting, I loved the characters in this book. Imagine a detective - Frank Coffin - with a weak stomach who lives in an ocean side town but who feels like barfing every time he steps near a boat. Loomis not only I just loved this book! I gave it 5 stars not because it is great literature but because it takes place in Provincetown which is a most unusual town and one with which I am fairly familiar. Loomis captures the character of P-Town like no other writer I have come across. In addition to the setting, I loved the characters in this book. Imagine a detective - Frank Coffin - with a weak stomach who lives in an ocean side town but who feels like barfing every time he steps near a boat. Loomis not only imagined such a character but created him with him an eye for the absurd. Coffin has a panic attack when he goes to the scene of a bloody murder, his mother keeps trying to break out of her nursing home, and he has a little crush on his lesbian partner on the police force. Loomis writes with humor, wisdom, and a great feel for the unusual folks in a highly unusual location. I loved this book and recommend it highly - especially if you're familiar with Provincetown.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    This is a pretty decent follow up, or number two in the series, to the first novel about this east coast detective. There was a pretty important part to the mystery, a murder mystery at that, that caught me by surprise. When the detectives uncle comes into one scene I guess the author caught me sleeping at the switch. I did not recognize the name at all when I first saw it. This could be, as previously stated, my own fault. It has been awhile back since I read the first in the series. Still this This is a pretty decent follow up, or number two in the series, to the first novel about this east coast detective. There was a pretty important part to the mystery, a murder mystery at that, that caught me by surprise. When the detectives uncle comes into one scene I guess the author caught me sleeping at the switch. I did not recognize the name at all when I first saw it. This could be, as previously stated, my own fault. It has been awhile back since I read the first in the series. Still this was a little bit of a buzz kill trying to figure out who the hell Rudy was. I still liked the story a lot and look forward to the next in line.

  8. 5 out of 5

    John

    Definitely doesn't stand alone, so if you haven't read the previous book you'll quickly feel as though you're "missing" things. The first book had a subplot regarding Coffin's girlfriend's manic desire to have a baby, and a screw-by-screw replay of attempts. Mega-UGH! Unfortunately, that returns here, though not nearly in such a graphic manner. What did seem a bit grating were the descriptions of "light S&M" that were pretty tame indeed to me, but on the other hand were supposed to be shocking? Z Definitely doesn't stand alone, so if you haven't read the previous book you'll quickly feel as though you're "missing" things. The first book had a subplot regarding Coffin's girlfriend's manic desire to have a baby, and a screw-by-screw replay of attempts. Mega-UGH! Unfortunately, that returns here, though not nearly in such a graphic manner. What did seem a bit grating were the descriptions of "light S&M" that were pretty tame indeed to me, but on the other hand were supposed to be shocking? Zzzzzzzzz ..... Here is why I look forward to reading the next book: I like Coffin, I like Lola, and I like Provincetown (I've never been there) as a "character" itself.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This is a fast, fun mystery following Detective Frank Coffin and his trusty partner Lola solve the murder of the wealthy heiress, Kenji Sole. I recommend this title for hardboiled mystery readers who enjoy the quirky characters who populate Loomis' series set in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Mating Season is the sequel to High Season published in 2007. Loomis has written his second Frank Coffin mystery which again features very witty dialogue, and a fast moving plot that makes Mating Season a gre This is a fast, fun mystery following Detective Frank Coffin and his trusty partner Lola solve the murder of the wealthy heiress, Kenji Sole. I recommend this title for hardboiled mystery readers who enjoy the quirky characters who populate Loomis' series set in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Mating Season is the sequel to High Season published in 2007. Loomis has written his second Frank Coffin mystery which again features very witty dialogue, and a fast moving plot that makes Mating Season a great read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Though the writing did not seem as lyrical in style as Loomis' first book, High Season, this was still an entertaining mystery. Loved the setting - Loomis' descriptions of Provincetown places are spot on. I felt as if I were right there with Frank and Lola. And I always enjoy quirky characters. I think Capt. Nickerson is my favorite but you'll have to read one of the books for yourself to find out who that is. I'm looking forward to Frank Coffin's next adventure. Though the writing did not seem as lyrical in style as Loomis' first book, High Season, this was still an entertaining mystery. Loved the setting - Loomis' descriptions of Provincetown places are spot on. I felt as if I were right there with Frank and Lola. And I always enjoy quirky characters. I think Capt. Nickerson is my favorite but you'll have to read one of the books for yourself to find out who that is. I'm looking forward to Frank Coffin's next adventure.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Crocker

    The unique social make-up of Provincetown figures as strongly as any vengeful murderer in this and in High Season, the first in the series. Corpse-phobic Detective Frank Coffin finds the tip of Cape Cod as rife with danger and malice as his former role as Baltimore cop. His sergeant Lola Winter , his much younger lover, and his senile mother add to the color of these smart, funny, skillful mysteries.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Woodman

    This is a pretty light read, but reasonably written and likable characters who seem real. The depiction of life in Provincetown is maybe not all that accurate (there are almost no annoying people, for example), and the plot is well thought out. Frank Coffin is a protagonist to go back to and the thing that I am fond of--getting to know the cop outside his job--is a goodly part of the book. Recommended

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    How could a first book so good, and a second be so hideous? I blame all of these decisions on publishers. Editors make the difference in a book, and this book was clearly edited by an imbecile. Also, I'm not a fan of writing that has gratuitous sex purely for the shock value. There's plenty of that in this book. I'd skip it. How could a first book so good, and a second be so hideous? I blame all of these decisions on publishers. Editors make the difference in a book, and this book was clearly edited by an imbecile. Also, I'm not a fan of writing that has gratuitous sex purely for the shock value. There's plenty of that in this book. I'd skip it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    This is another easy reading, rather compelling mystery building on the same characters as in the first book, High Season. It isn't great writing but it held my interest and I somehow like the two main characters, especially the woman who is his sidekick. I enjoyed it and would read another if he continues this series. This is another easy reading, rather compelling mystery building on the same characters as in the first book, High Season. It isn't great writing but it held my interest and I somehow like the two main characters, especially the woman who is his sidekick. I enjoyed it and would read another if he continues this series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Loomis does a wonderful job of describing Provincetown, Massachusetts, a genuinely atypical town year round. Add a local cop who gets physically sick when he investigates a homicide, his lesbian partner, oddball relatives, a lover who saps his strength in the hopes of getting pregnant, and various corrupt government types and you have a book that is a fun read. Enjoy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sig!

    I liked High Season better. I think a murdered cross-dressing televangelist is more interesting than a murdered dominatrix porn freak. Still, for airplane/vacation reading, this kept my interest. It was a quick, fun read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shiela

    Enjoyed this one more than the first. Frank Coffin is quite an the dynamic character and it will be interesting to see how his relationships with the supporting characters play out. A good mix of detail, gory, dark humor, conflict and whodunnit. Will look out for the next one in the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Al Stoess

    Humorous. Well done. Good story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    A quirky mystery with a cast of oddball characters. A fun read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I read his stuff for the setting - Provincetown. Very formula detective series. Very formula sexual references.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Very good, simple mystery. Extremely well written. I look forward to reading more by Loomis.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Most of the charm of this book for me was it taking place in a location dear to me, beyond that I'm not sure if I would of thought much of this book. Most of the charm of this book for me was it taking place in a location dear to me, beyond that I'm not sure if I would of thought much of this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Kearney

    It decide whether to be a funny book or a serious crime story. Provincetown setting very appealing, though.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Howell

    Very slow read and not very interesting.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jill B

  27. 5 out of 5

    B.J.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Belinda2

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Thorpe

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bethwilkinson

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