After putting Iowa crop insurance cheats out to pasture, independent insurance fraud investigator Luna Nightcrow heads to Hawaii, but not for a vacation. The Shilpa, an Indian ocean liner, sinks and Luna is hired to determine if it still carries “Pacific Splendor” (a rare diamond insured for $15 million). The trouble is that Luna’s not the only one looking for the diamond. Secessionists, sportsmen, and other suspects might sink to any depths to recover or smother Pacific Splendor.
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Reviewed by Felita Daniels
This book starts immediately with action. I liked that Luna isn’t one to wait around for things to happen to her. She jumps in and takes action. The length of this novel (216 pages) is not unusual for a cozy, but this work is NOT a cozy. The action and mystery have enough time to be fleshed out. As a reader, I would have welcomed some extra time devoted to get to know some of the characters a little bit better.
My understanding is that this is the author’s first book. I think there is a lot of potential here. He’s a good storyteller. A little more polish on the writing craft and some more experience under his belt and he will be well on his way. Some sentences were a little awkward. The grammar issues weren’t to the point it made me put the book down, but I did notice some.
If you like stories with a good amount of action and grit you will enjoy this read. The elements of diamonds, the ocean liner and multiple individuals after the same thing make for a nice package. This author is going on my ‘watch for new releases’ list.
James Blakley was educated at Missouri Western State College and Washburn University. While at MWSC, he was a local and national award-winning columnist and section editor of “The Griffon-News.” Blakley worked 10 1/2 years as a page and as an Assistant Librarian for the River Bluffs Regional Libraries of St. Joseph, MO. He currently lives in Topeka, KS where he worked for The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and several years in clerical and customer support capacities for international computer companies, such as EDS and HP.