I received this book courtesy of Ms. Troutman for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
Overview: Len Townsend is looking forward to a well-deserved vacation. Or he was, until Ellie Simpson boards his boat. It turns out that she is on her honeymoon. The bad news is that her husband has taken off. Is it cold feet? Or could it be something far worse?
Story Telling: We get a private detective mystery in first-person perspective. It’s not really a light-hearted read, nor is it dark enough to be a noir novel.
Likes: The last few times that I’ve read a novel with smokers in it, the smoker was either demonized or treated like an idiot. Imagine my surprise when Walter was treated like a cop, a cop who smokes yet still a cop. He was shown to be just as intelligent as Len, if not more cynical.
Len is a good private detective. It’s as if he put his heart into his work.
Dislikes: Ellie’s parents, Charles and Susan Morgan, didn’t do her any favors. Let me give you a hint. If you get hospitalized over depression and other behavioral problems, it isn’t run of the mill depression.
Johnny’s family was really messed up. I suggest both the Golden Rule, and The Ten Commandments for an infusion of morals.
Favorite Character: I believe it would be Walter this time around.
Favorite Quote: I like how Len’s attitude showed here. “Smiles become you, Ellie. I’m glad to see you wearing one.”
Favorite Scene: Well, Len’s walk with ‘Barney’ would be it. Too bad Barney didn’t have such a lucky day.
Conclusion: This was a decent mystery for the private detective fan. Enjoy.