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Philip Emma
The Marriage of Figgalo

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

Mick wakes up in the opulent house of Lawrence Figgalo, a New York City Union boss. Mick's been drugged, and he's with Lawrence. But Lawrence has been murdered! ​ Mick tries to extricate himself from the situation, but each move he makes puts him in even deeper. ​ Mick learns that Lawrence has an identical twin brother who has come up North to visit. And he learns that a certain mob boss has a hit man that looks just like Mick. And Mick's client has identical twin daughters who've gone missing. In addition to wanting his daughters found, his client wants to know who murdered Figgalo. ​ We then learn that the victim was in fact, one of triplets, and his other brother has come to town too! The man who placed Mick at the murder scene is the Maitre d' at a fancy french restaurant. He too has an identical twin brother who works for the mob boss who's hit-man looks like just like Mick. And the twin daughters of Mick's wealthy client are dating - twins! ​ It's a comedy of mistaken identities, and a gigantic puzzle of who's who.
Goldman Agency, and US Review of Books

US Review of Books:

The dialogue is strong and clever, and Emma keeps the voices believable... Overall, this is a light-hearted black comedy with a cast of peculiar characters and a bizarre plotline full of mistaken identities and hilarious wrong turns. Fans of whodunnits and unconventional murder mysteries will be very entertained.

Goldman Agency Reviews:

Book Review 1
Another perfect book from one of the most prolific authors in the United States. The Marriage of Figgalo will certainly have you at the edge of your seat as you delve into its pages. A glamorous, fabulous, and humorous book which focuses on a mysterious murder or suicide where everyone has a twin.
Mick Maux is a scientist who works as a private detective for rich people who want to keep their matters private. Mick is placed in a tough spot after waking up in a mansion with a dead body. He was awakened by the police responding to a noise complaint. Mick pretends to be the homeowner to ditch the cops, and tells them that everything is okay. The fun part begins when Mick realizes that the dead man is a New York City union boss named Lawrence Figgalo. Now that Mick’s face has been seen by the police, the police are out to find him. What should Mick and Carol do in order to solve the murder mystery, and to clear Mick?
Personally, this book is one of the best crime detective books that I’ve ever read. Solving mystery through science and math equations, here, we behold again Dr. Philip Emma’s masterpiece. 
Book Review 2
          Dr. Philip Emma brings life to the characters of Mick and Carol Maux to try to solve another murder mystery. Mick is framed by someone that he doesn’t know of with the murder of Lawrence Figgalo, a powerful union boss.
          You’ll be surprised how every twist and turn in this book brings spice to the whole plot. It’s really going to make you think deeply, engage in solving the mystery and, of course, laugh at the silliest, most ridiculous scenes. Remember that “Maux” is a French name that’s pronounced as “mouse.” I cracked up every time people made fun of his name. Mick and Carol’s bond is one of a kind. Mick is quite a straightforward, serious type of detective who sometimes misses the obvious. That's why Carol brings the most important aspect of detecting to their team. It’s an aspect that Mick doesn’t have – called “common sense”.
          I appreciate Dr. Philip Emma’s unique take on the story where he brings unique characters to make up a one-of-a-kind plot. This book is about 200 pages long and, to be honest, it will leave you satisfied and wanting more at the same time. I highly recommend this one.
Book Review 3
          Right from the beginning, and through to the end, this book is not going to fail to bring you humor, excitement, thrill, suspense, romance, and puzzling cases. Nothing that I have for the author other than high admiration and praise. The book is one that’s hard to put down, and I enjoyed every bit of it as I also actively got engaged in finding the real murderer of Lawrence Figgalo. 
          Mick Maux finds himself in a tough spot when he wakes up from a drugged stupor at the murder scene of Lawrence Figgalo with no one around. It’s just him and the dead Figgalo. Who could have drugged Mick and placed him in the mansion of Figgalo beside his dead body? Clueless about what happened, Mick doesn’t want to leave the body inside the mansion to rot, so he drives the body to a local shopping center and leaves it there. This makes the matters worse. Things get even more complicated when Bill Bosbury hires Mick and Carol to find his heterochromiac twins. The reward is very generous, however, the mission seems to be impossible. Things get even more complicated as they uncover even more clues. 
          The unique plot and lively characters made this book worthwhile to read. If you are an avid fan of crime, and detective novels, I urge you to give this book a read. 
Book Review 4
          This book perfectly demonstrates a unique murder case that will make you scratch your head and engage you to find the real murderer. 
          After taking the deposition of the murder of Figgalo, Mick is hired to find the missing identical twin daughters of Bill Bosbury, which ultimately leads to finding the real murderer. 
          Reading the title of the book made me think that this book is about romance. Which also made me wonder why a detective, crime thriller novel was being titled “The Marriage of Figgalo.” You’ll learn at the end. But I’m not going to spoil anything from the book. It has a lot of twists and turns, ebbs and flows that are surely best left to be read by the readers and appreciate their implications. I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys crime, and thriller novels.
Book Review 5
          The Marriage of Figgalo is packed with action, romance, puzzling scenes, and comedy, all blended into one amazing book. 
          Mick and Carol Maux are on the hook again as they try to solve the mysterious murder case of Lawrence Figgalo, where Mick is directly involved, with no idea. The evidence is strong against Mick, so they sought help from their old friend Detective Danny to help to resolve the case. But the more clues they get, the more complicated things get. Learn and enjoy how math and science equations help to solve this mystery.
          Reading this book is a great experience. The transition from one event to another is smooth. Although the book has a lot of details to remember, the author guides you every step of the way. 
Book Review 6
          Overall, it was a delightful read. If you are looking for a feel-good story with a mix of puzzling crimes and mysteries, go for this one. Highly recommended!
          Mick and Carol Maux are a married couple who worked as private detectives for rich people who want to handle their matters privately. However, Mick finds himself in a dangerous situation when he wakes up in the mansion of a rich commissioner of transportation for New York City. And the commissioner is there with him. Dead. Someone’s trying to frame him, but they can’t figure it out just yet — the “hows” and the “whys.” As the story progresses, they realized that the more clues they get, the more complex the case becomes. Luckily, Mick Maux is good at Math and Science. You would be surprised at how he once again solves the case through math equations and scientific formulas. 
          A very intriguing book that’s going to have you flipping over the pages. And, of course, this book is going to make you laugh out loud, with its many humorous and comedic scenes. 5 stars all the way!
Book Review 7
          Are you looking for a clever, fun-filled action-adventure novel that’s going to have you on the edge of your seat all day? I urge you to give this book a try.
          In this series, Dr. Philip Emma has again brought another puzzling adventure for Mick and Carol Maux in New York City. After finding out that Mick was framed up for the murder of Lawrence Figgalo, their lives are in danger. Luckily, Detective Danny is always on the scene to help. Things get more complicated when billionaire Bill Bosbury asks Mick to find his twin daughters which link to the murder of Figgalo. Will they be able to solve the case before they run out of time? I’ll let the readers figure that one out.
          The entire setting of the story made me feel all warm and snug. Even though the plot looked intense, the author made everything wholesome and lighthearted with a bit of comedy. I always crack up every time people bully his name. (It’s pronounced “mouse.”) If there was anything I feel could have been improved, it was the math and science problem-solving part: I wish even more pages were spent on it.
Book Review 8
          A modern-day Sherlock Holmes-style character shines in this page-turning mystery.
          The Marriage of Figgalo details a riveting murder mystery. It’s the investigation into the death of Lawrence Figgalo, the Commissioner of Transportation, as Mick Maux tried to prove to the police that he was innocent. The fun part begins when the pursuit of the possible suspects turns into finding a bunch of identical twins, and even triplets! The big mystery is trying to figure out who’s who. With the help of his wife, Carol, and his friend, Detective Danny, the three work together through the ebbs and flows of the plot to figure out the actual killer. I don’t want to spoil anything for the read so I’ll just say that the ending is very surprising. I never expected this kind of an ending.
          This book does a nice job taking the reader into the adventure of both Carol and Mick as the two of them are detective partners. While it would not be fair to give major plot points away in a review, I can say the answer in the murder mystery surprised me and had me guessing all the way until the end. If you like Sherlock Holmes but with a modern spin, consider giving The Marriage of Figgalo a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Book Review 9
          This start to a new cozy mystery series is fun, captivating, and well worth your time.
          At first, the murder doesn’t make any sense. A highly respected commissioner in New York City is murdered without any trace of foul play. (For a while, the police thought that it was suicide.) But Mick’s life is placed in a tough spot after waking up in the dead man’s house beside the dead man’s body. With the help of his detective friend Danny, he was convinced to make an honest deposition. Now it’s a matter of time before things get more complicated and he gets thrown into prison. He and his wife Carol must solve the murder before it’s too late. Math equations, scientific formulas, Carol’s intelligence, and common sense were of great help here. With the evidence leading to the twin boyfriends of Vespera and Violetta, who are the twin daughters of Mick’s billionaire client, things get even more complicated as they try to figure out who’s who.
          Personally, I love the vibe of this book. The author always brings humor into the scenes which makes you smile from beginning to the end while keeping the plot intense.
Book Review 10
          Fast-paced, meticulous, erudite, a fantastic art crime thriller that keeps you engaged and enthralled.
          At first glance, I thought that The Marriage of Figgalo would be about romance and betrayal. I was surprised at why the author titled the novel as mentioned above when it is all about crimes, mystery, and murder. When I reached the end, that’s when I realized why, and it really surprised me. I never expected the twists and turns of the story and the character developments. If it wasn’t for the genius behind the characters of the story, this book would be hard to follow. But I just can’t help but appreciate the whole novel in total. From the characters to the plot, this book is a masterpiece. 
          Mick Maux is yet again about to prove his instinct and skills to figure out the murder of Lawrence Figgalo. Though he is the right person to do the job, it wouldn’t be fun and successful without his lovely wife, Carol. A weekend read, in one of my favorite genres — crime thriller and history. I am so glad I picked up this book. Splattered with generous information on Math and Science, this is a delightful book. I look forward to reading more by the author and gladly give 5 stars to this promising work.
Book Review 11
          The Marriage of Figgalo is a light and fun crime-adventure murder mystery, and the journey to unlocking the mystery is both exciting and entertaining.
          Handling private matters for rich mafia bosses for a living can make anyone’s life a little challenging. Doing detective jobs on their own can be against the law. However, this lovely couple, Mick and Carol Maux, are skilled enough to take matters into their own hands.
          Mick Maux finds himself waking up beside a dead man’s body in the great mansion of Lawrence and Tammy Figgalo. Lawrence is a union boss. Confused and innocent, Mick pretends to be the homeowner when the police bang on the door. Now that the police have seen his face, and there are no other people in the house except for the dead union boss, this makes him the apparent murderer of Lawrence Figgalo. With the help of his wife Carol and his friend detective Danny, he learns that he was framed. Who could have framed him, and why? Now, the fun part begins when Mick is hired to solve another case. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy cozy mysteries, and who like to engage in problem-solving. 
Book Review 12
          A private detective and scientist solves matters for big names in New York City. He’s again hired to solve this crime, murder-mystery case which involves him directly.
          A murder has been committed inside the mansion of Tammy and Lawrence Figgalo. Lawrence is a powerful New York City union boss. Mick has been placed into a tough spot: he finds himself waking up beside Lawrence Figgalo’s lifeless body. At first, it appears that there is no trace of murder. Lawrence Figgalo died without any bruises, and one could easily conclude that there’s no foul play in his death. However, Mick just couldn’t accept the fact that he died from a heart attack. To mistakenly make matters worse, Mick drives the dead body to the local shopping center. But the police had already had a good look at Mick, making him the one and only suspect.
          Even though this book has gotten the most attention because of Mick, my favorite character is his wife, Carol. She possessed the skills and intelligence that Mick doesn’t have, one of which is common sense. With their unique characteristics, this book is not going to disappoint you. From the characters alone, you could right away say that this is not fast work. This book is a product of long hours of research and deep passion. I am glad to award this book five stars all the way. It does not contain profanity and violent and graphic scenes, making this book suitable for all audiences. 
Book Review 13
          It is a perfect combination of intrigue and murder mystery written into one book. A must-read for crime and comedy enthusiasts. 
          Mick Maux as a private detective that has dangerous clients. And it is no surprise that he is framed for the murder of Lawrence Figgalo. Some say that Lawrence Figgalo is a mafia boss who took money from his other bosses. Others say that Figgalo is soft on women, making him an easy target for jealous husbands. But no matter which, Mick just couldn’t believe the circumstances that got him involved in this mess. Luckily, he has detective Danny’s, and his wife, Carol’s help. To make matters worse, a rich mafia boss offers Mick a large amount of money to find his missing twin daughters. Mick later on realizes that they are linked to the murder case of Lawrence Figgalo. Now, he has two problems: find the missing twins, and find the serial killer/s. 
          My favorite character has to be Mick Maux. He follows his instinct and trusts Carol’s advice. He does not stop searching for the truth, even when his job and life are on the line. 
Book Review 14
          An exciting and timeless series of Mick Maux and Carol Maux as they again worked together in order to find out the killer of Lawrence Figgalo.  I couldn’t put it down!
          Did Mick murder Lawrence Figgalo? Figgalo’s body was found dead beside Mick, who’s in a drug-induced stupor. There was no sign of foul play, but surely there were motives behind the murder. How could it be murder when the result of the autopsy was a heart attack? And who could have drugged Mick and laid him beside the dead body? Surely, it wasn’t an accident for Mick to have been placed there, and he needs to find out why. 
          The book begins with a very thorough description of the setting. It’s a great way to open up your mind and connect to the author’s imagination. The ending was very surprising. I wish I could write it here in the review, but it’s best to be left read by the readers for them to appreciate this piece of Dr. Philip Emma. This book easily gets a five out of five stars from me. 
Book Review 15
          A murder, a mansion, two police officers, and Mick’s innocent presence at the murder scene. A deserving, award-winning novel by Dr. Philip Emma as he proves once again to his readers that he never goes out of style.
          A murder has been committed inside the mansion of Lawrence and Tammy Figgalo. Mick wakes up from a deep sleep due to a loud siren and a knock on the door. The police are outside, responding to a noise complaint from last night. Mick awakens to find a dead body lying beside him. Who’s could this dead body be? Afraid and confused about the situation, Mick acts as the homeowner to get the police to leave. Then he drives the body to the nearest shopping center with a car taken from the deceased’s garage, and leaves the car there with the body in it.
With the innocent intent of simply detaching himself from the murder, Mick has put himself into a more dangerous spot after learning that the dead person is the Commissioner of Transportation in New York City, and a mafia boss. With Mick’s face having being seen by the police, he knows that he needs detective Danny’s help in order to solve this mystery. 
          I could say that the plot was intense, and the ending was unexpected. The author was very engaging throughout the scene, making humorous scenes that really make you laugh out loud. It was an intense and humorous read and a page-turner which prompted me to give it 5 stars. Definitely recommended!