RATED 5 STARS
Vince Bocca is a full time restaurateur and a part time detective. One day, the owner of a bank comes to him and asks him to find out what he can about Mark Overdale and what happened to the money he embezzled from the bank and supposedly gambled away due to an addiction.
Vince agrees to take the case and goes about finding clues using modern technology, his own contacts, his good deductive reasoning and help from a surprising source, Nancy Overdale, Mark’s emotionally unstable wife.
Through many twists and turns, Vince carries on until he gets the answers that are available, even if they aren’t the ones the bank owner, Thomas Walker, hoped to get.
I didn’t tell too much about the plot because I don’t want to spoil a minute of this thriller. There were so many unexpected plot twists and turns, that to tell some of them would spoil some of your fun in reading this story.
I can say I loved Vince. He had a great restaurant with some yummy sounding dishes which I enjoyed reading about. His detective skills were a bit old fashioned but I loved that about him. He was in a committed relationship with Hannah, a local nurse. When Nancy Overdale showed up I thought poor Hannah would be dumped but Vince was loyal as he was kind and he stayed true to his love. His relationship with Police Lieutenant Dahl was strained but ultimately cordial and they worked together well.
I loved watching Nancy Overdale grow through the course of the investigation. She became an integral part of the team and even though she developed a bit of a crush on Vince, she didn’t act on it and spent her time digging up facts and building her emotional and physical strength back up. I loved seeing so many sides to her.
I never got a hint of what was going on in all of the mystery until it was revealed to me. I love that in a book. I’m never quite as happy when I have it all figured out before the end. Kudos to Crawford for a well-written, suspenseful book.
You can buy this book here :Melange Books