Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Clever Mystery Aboard an Oil Tanker

The Rossi's son is killed on an oil tanker. According to the reports, he died by falling down a ladder on the Aurora Victorious. The family becomes suspicious because they can't get additional information. In desperation, they hire the Touchstone Agency, James and Julie Raiford, to investigate. Almost immediately the job becomes more complex when Touchstone is contacted by Herberling, another detective looking into the loss of a sister ship, the Golden Dawn.

When Herberlinger is murdered, James decides the events are connected and goes undercover on the Aurora Victorious. Going undercover without backup is dangerous business. Julie doesn't want her father to do it, but he insists and leaves her in charge of the office and the search for more information on Rossi's death.

The book is a fast paced mystery with a plenty of detail about life on an oil tanker. I found it fascinating, I thought the author did a good job of judging how much detail was too much. However, all that detail may not work for everyone.

The plot toggles back and forth between Raiford on the Aurora Victorious and Julie doing detective work. It's a good combination. When you get really tired of learning about life on an oil tanker, Julie shows up with traditional detective work.

I enjoyed the book. It's a quick read with an unusual setting. The ending is particularly fast paced.

I reviewed this book for the Amazon Vine Program.