Murder Sees the Light


240 pages
ISBN 0-670-80304-9





Reviewed by Joan McGrath

Joan McGrath is a Toronto Board of Education library consultant.


Benny Cooperman, the private eye from Grantham, Ontario, is a lot more at home ordering a chopped egg sandwich at the local United Cigar Store than trying to clean a fish he has just dragged out of a lake in the middle of Algonquin Park. His assignments are many and varied, but this one, at a remote resort, babysitting a popular TV evangelist embroiled in a court case, is way off his usual stomping grounds. Benny is a city (well, small city) boy. All the same, when it comes to murder, which doesn’t take very long, Benny has the edge again, city boy or not. This is the fourth Benny Cooperman, and in this likeable, tough-minded but kind-hearted character, Howard Engel has created a genuine, and very welcome, Canadian original.


Engel, Howard, “Murder Sees the Light,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed December 3, 2021,