The play on words in the title of “Too Good to Be Truman” is only the beginning of the clever prose used by Chris Well in his first Harry Truman mystery. No, it’s not about the late president. This Harry Truman is an unemployed newspaper reporter. Since he worked the crime beat for years, Harry still has a few connections as well as a lot of knowledge. So when $500,000 mysteriously appears in his bank account and just as mysteriously is donated to a local homeless shelter the next day, Harry calls in some favors and starts his own investigation.
Well’s brisk and witty writing is so readable that you may not realize just how many plot twists and turns there are, but Well is as skilled a mystery writer as he is humorous. Truman is a flawed but likeable hero who plays off on his famous name by using lesser known presidents as aliases, fooling those who are less than knowledgeable about US History.
Give “Too Good to Be Truman” a try. You’ll be glad that you did.