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October 3, 2013

A SUITCASE MYSTERY by Steven Nedelton



Part One


Steven Nedelton 

writing as Ned Stevens

 Published November 15th 2012

(from Goodreads)
During World War II, Bendicks (Ben) Kalninsh, a child, would explore the tunnel of an abandoned mine with the hopes of finding a gun. He persistence pays off when he observes three soldiers, one an officer, carrying in some heavy cases and returning without them. Entering the tunnel to begin his search, Ben sets into motion actions that will haunt him later in life.

Now Ben has moved to Forks, MN with his family and grown into a boxer with a promising future. Then his father and a neighbor are brutally murdered and it begins to look as if the incident in the tunnel is the focal point.

Soon the FBI and several other interested parties are on the trail. Why is everyone after the diary? What is happening with the FBI? Men are being transferred. Pressure being placed to either slow down or stop the investigation. Then several of the investigators are threatened with blackmail, using evidence that was manufactured. Now the big questions are - Why? Who is next? Who can be trusted?

Mr. Nedelton wrote a novel that is full of suspense, unsolved murders, deception and double lives. What a combination!  You get it all in one book.  The book covers several generations. The author writes of the background when Ben and his family came to Minnesota. At the end of WWII, young Ben begins to explore an abandoned mine tunnel in search of guns that soldiers had hidden inside.. This is the beginning of his life story.  It is also the setting of mysterious relationships. The story has many plots that are centered around Ben and his family. Some of  the plots involve other countries, government agents and yes, the mob and FBI. The author has his own distinctive style of writing where he makes the characters real, like they could be people in your own town.  The author put in great descriptions and information concerning  World War II

Ben, his father, Edwards and his Latvian mother, Agnes go to  Forks, MN  along with his two younger brothers,   Ben begins a promising future as a  At the age of 20 he went from amateur to pro, but his trainer doesn't think he has championship qualities. He feels that Ben doesn't have the killer instinct.Ben seeks out to prove the trainer wrong and he does just that.The author throws you for a loop when Ben's father and neighbor are murdered. Somehow the tunnel incident has something to do with the murders.  This is where the FBI enters. The author keeps you interested with the suspense and the twists and turns.  You can't wait to turn the page because you're in a hurry to see what's next. The novel is very fast paced and the author keeps you riveted to the story so you don't miss a word. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves, mystery, suspense, murders, WWII, I could keep going but I'll leave that to you.  Pick up a copy and follow Ben through his extraordinary life.  You won't be disappointed.

I would give this book 4 STARS

I was given a complimentary e-copy of this book A SUITCASE MYSTERY from the author, Steven Nedelton for my unbiased opinion.


Steven Nedelton writes novels with mystery, suspense, crime, paranormal and noir. His present titles are: "Crossroads," "The Raven Affair," "Fear!," "Tunnel/The Lost Diary" and "Coma Sins/The Madness of Ben Bluman." Part II for 'Tunnel' is in preparation. He was formally published twice. Three of his novels were evaluated by the Midwest Book Review, The US Review of Books and Apex Reviews, and were rated 'Five Stars.' "Fear!" received a special recognition from the MBR magazine.

The author lived in London and Paris for three years. His familiarity with French customs and people are reflected in the "Crossroads" thriller (originally "Secrets of the house on Liberty Street," published in 2008).
He holds a MSME from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (NYU-Poly). He is a Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio. He used to be licensed in PA and NJ.

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