Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Death’s Long Shadow-Kinley Roby

Death’s Long Shadow

Kinley Roby

Five Star, Oct 21 2011, $25.95

ISBN: 9781432825355

In Avola, Florida, someone who knew affluent Brandon Pike’s riding habits on his Oaks estate tied a garrote across the Ride bridle path, decapitating the horseman. Local law enforcement suspects Brandon’s younger widow Holly and the stable manager Tyce Yellen for killing the victim as the assumption is they are lovers which both deny.

Holly hires private detective Harry Brock to protect her interests though he is unsure what his client wants of him. He learns about Brandon’s relationship with his half-sister Clarissa Cruz, who holds a lease that is running out on the adjoining Oleander Farm owned by Pike. She has two adult brothers with one of them Miguel working the farm. As Harry works his inquiry, his ailing ex wife Katherine arrives at an inopportune moment though he invited her. They make love, but he knows his actions betray his girlfriend Sonadora Asturias, who is considering returning home to Guatemala to help her people. His elderly neighbor on Bartram’s Hammock takes a fall further distancing him from his case until someone sets up Brandon’s macho stallion to kill Tyce and sets a barn on fire.

The super latest Harry Brock mystery (see Death in a Hammock) is a terrific tale as Harry’s personal life overwhelms him while a killer using creative weapons involving horses stalks the Sunshine State. The story line is loaded with action at the Oaks and on Bartram’s Hammock while Oh, Brother, Sanchez and Jane Bunting add comic relief to an engaging whodunit.

Harriet Klausner

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