Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Stolen Stradivarius Brings Small Town Secrets to Light

Rushmore McKenzie is wealthy enough to take only cases that interest him. When Paul Duclos, an internationally famous violinist asks for help in getting his stolen Stradivarius back, McKenzie is intrigued enough to agree to help.

The violin was stolen after Duclos performed in a concert in his home town. The case was recovered, but minus the violin. The insurance company refuses to offer a reward, but Duclos has gotten $250,000 to offer a reward himself.

McKenzie travels to the small town of Bayfield, Wisconsin to try to get the thieves to return the violin for the reward money. Once in town, he uncovers long hidden secrets that appear to relate to the theft of the violin.

The plot has numerous twists, It's not easy to guess the ending, but if you're paying attention, the clues are all there. I like that in a mystery book.

The small town is full of characters like Jack Westlund who lives on his boat and enjoys a Lenie's, a local beer. He also enjoys helping McKenzie's search for the culprits. I found the pace a little slow in the beginning, but about halfway through the book, it picked up.

If you enjoy a puzzle type mystery, you'll enjoy this one. There is some violence, but most of the action is following the clues.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.