By Rick Hubbard
When someone steals a jump drive that holds all of the information of the World’s Digital Currency, the authorities are baffled. How did someone get away with it and what is their end game plan?
Enter two unlikely amateur sleuths. The first is Amicus Knot. He refers to himself as a “Systems Scientist and Itinerate Investigator” but should also add “loves cats and cookies”. His unlikely partner is the ex-star of a popular television series, Krys Barr. She also happens to be his best friend. She is gorgeous, which helps open doors that would normal be shut during their investigations.
When the two self-proclaimed investigators witness a murder near their docked sailboats, they jump into the investigation with both feet. Soon it becomes apparent that both crimes, the murder as well as the theft of the jump drive are connected. The authorities are not sold on Amicus and Krys’ theory, but the two amateurs are relentless in pursuit of the thieves. No matter what happens to them, they are determined to retrieve the jump drive that could ruin countless people if used by the person or persons involved.
The international feel to this novel is aided by the variety of foreign players that soon become suspects. The list of suspects also has numerous ties to the U.S. as well. The characters are interesting and multifaceted. My favorite has to be Krys, she is much more than
an actress playing the part – she lives it. A noteworthy bit player is Eldon, a former Sargent, who now finds himself homeless. I want to hear more about him.
The story is solid, giving readers all the clues to solve it by the end (which I didn’t see coming). I did get a bit put off by all of the ruminations of Amicus. He thinks out loud and takes the long – very long – route to the point he is making. Oftentimes it was just too much for me to read a page of his rambling on. Often, I felt there were too many explanations before getting to the point – or waiting until further along in the story. Amicus would dismiss Krys without clarification, by leaping into action. Unfortunately, this also dismisses the readers waiting for the rest of his thoughts about the investigation.
This is the first book I have read by Rick Hubbard. It is labeled as a cozy mystery as well as an amateur sleuth book. I agree with the later, but not the former. In my opinion, cozy mysteries are much easier to read (way less technical) and have a love interest. Neither of them is emphasized in this book. Amateur sleuth is much more appropriate. If you love a solid mystery with quirky characters, this book is for you.
DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Reedsy Discovery in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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