John Darling was kind enough to send me his ebook version of “The Detective Anderson Mysteries, Into the Dark Desolate Night”.  I am already through the first Mystery and I am finding this to be a very interesting read.  I will keep you posted on my progress.

First Mystery – Tats.  I tried to guess the plot and was way off, a great job of presenting the story with a unique style.

Second Mystery – Welcome To Jupiter.  Further adventures of our hero, this time he is more a bystander, but the plot is well-developed.

Third Mystery – Images.  The good Detective goes legit, his old friend Coombs joins him as they sort out what mess Barbara Carter has gotten herself into.  I liked the references in the time period, very good way of putting the story in perspective.

Fourth Mystery – Eye of the Storm.  Anderson can’t even have a vacation without trouble finding him.  A simple visit to a bar and he is on the trail of a murderous gang.  Interesting plot and supporting cast of characters, I am beginning to like the good Detective.

Fifth Mystery – Into The Dark Desolate Night.  A short story where Anderson gets a rest.  His Lead Investigator Kubrick helps out in keeping several people alive, even though he never wants to do it.  Very good character development in this chapter, giving the supporting cast of Detective Anderson some history.

Sixth Mystery – Sucker Punch.  Poor Superintendent Grace Adams met an untimely demise and Anderson and Coombs are recruited by the Miami PD to help them out.  What a sweet tale of murder and mayhem.

Seventh Mystery – Death and the Deep Blue Sea.  Detective Anderson and his right hand man Coombs decide to take a day off and go fishing.  Of course murder follows them and a series of clues lead them to the murderer.

Eighth Mystery – A Notary Public is Missing.  Beth Landers seeks the help of Detective Anderson to find her missing husband.  A series of clues and help from his office staff guides Anderson to discover the fate of Mr. Landers, but that is not all that Anderson discovers.  Very nice twist on this tale, and we are starting to see inside Detective Anderson just a little.

Ninth Mystery – Phantom. This episode sees the return of a villan from previous chapters.  It is here we learn of the true devotion that Detective Anderson has in his heart not only for his Detectives but his love interest too.  Very good suspense leading up to the reveal.

Tenth Myster – On Borrow Time.  This is a short story to wrap up the series, and I think it gives us a glimpse into how Detective Anderson’s life would have gone if not for Beth.

REVIEW:  I liked this book, it has been a while since I have read something like this and it took me back to my early reading days.  I have given you the mysteries above and a little insight into my thoughts on each.  This is a very interesting work written in the vein of a 1950’s 10cent crime novel.  The action is violent yet brief and the characters are very well defined and complete.  I think this would be an excellent read for someone looking for something to just take them away for a while as each of the ten mysteries (stories) are stand alone although they carry the same characters with increasing insight into each.  You could read one, two or all of them in a single read.  The format is very easy to read in the version I was supplied and is available from several sources as an ebook or in paperback.


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