Reviews - Mystery

Miami Days, Havana Nights
Linda Bennett
Pennell

HISTORICAL/DUAL TIMELINE:  The year is 1926 and seventeen-old Sam Ackerman discovers that working for the mob is the first step on a slippery slope. After witnessing a murder, he is shipped off to Miami, cut off from family and left with only a debt to pay.

Sally York was born with a shortened right arm with only two fused fingers. She speaks with a terrible stutter. She has been bullied her entire life by everyone, but especially by her older sister, Faye. DEA Agent Nathan Moon is on assignment to determine if Sally is involved in a drug ring. Under cover of night, he looks through her green house and office but finds nothing.

Jay is back in his hometown of Cape Cod after leaving his lawyer position with its fast-paced lifestyle behind. Now, he’s in the middle of creating a restaurant in the old lighthouse with his brother and a dog he rescued. With his purchase of the lighthouse and its properties, he now has the companionship of the lighthouse ghost—Roland—as well as the rumors of treasures.

HUMOR:  After being conned by a cunning art forger, Annabel Riley is mortified and desperate to repair her reputation.  After a string of high-profile art thefts from some of Seattle’s most prestigious residents, Annabel and her friends, Evan and Lyla, try their hands at amateur sleuthing, deciding to investigate the thefts themselves.

When Pamela Palmer, a young wife and mother, is killed in a drunk driving accident. Her husband, Sam, and their twins, Brandi and Dennis are devastated. If that weren’t hard enough, their dog, Patches, nearly dies from Babesiosis.  As the family learns more details about Pamela’s accident, it looks as though the driver of the other car could walk away Scot-free.

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