"Meet Hattie Crumford, a 60-something kind-hearted eccentric who shows up for work one morning and suddenly finds herself making a police report about a dead man who has gone missing from her office, and a whispered warning that masks an international conspiracy of huge proportion.
As Hattie innocently follows her natural talent for snooping, she suddenly finds herself in a struggle for life and death that leaves the reader stunned and turning the pages to find out what happens next.
Set in the vibrant neighborhoods of New Orleans, this book has it all – despair, humor, joy and intrigue. Lochman has created characters that are at once mundane and extraordinary, embroiling them in a mystery that starts small but becomes unimaginable in scope. The prose is at once fast-moving and lyrical, revealing keen insights into the human heart. The reader is left wanting more of the unlikely duo of Hattie Crumford and Detective Hugo Gabby as they continue their search for The Man With The Sand Dollar Face."
“The protagonist was wonderfully drawn and surprising, in that she was kind of a frumpy, sturdy woman, with a very interesting background, and lots of interesting thoughts about it.”
“Sharon was able to weave Hattie’s inner life into the outer episodic narrative.”
“The writing encouraged me to keep rooting for Hattie, even as she was thrust into almost untenable situations.”
“Quite captivating, so much so that I could not put it down after being halfway through. I loved Hattie for trying to be independent and having a life.”
“…mystery within a mystery.”
“Proverbial good read with interesting characters that challenge you to figure out just where they fit. Sometimes like a thrill ride that takes over for the scary part. Does keep you wondering what’s next and when and what are the next.”
"A vibrant and new voice in crime fiction--Sharon CassanoLochman has crafted an exhilarating mystery set among the sweet-smelling streets of the French Quarter. Brimming with humor and suspense, THE MAN WITH THE SAND DOLLAR FACE is an exciting debut."