Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fire Season- Jon Loomis

Fire Season

Jon Loomis

Minotaur, Jul 17 2012, $24.99

ISBN: 9780312668136

While the search for a permanent police chief goes on, Provincetown, Massachusetts detective Frank Coffin serves temporarily as the cop in charge while also doing his regular job. His hope for an easy run in which he spends time with his pregnant girlfriend and deals with his Alzheimer’s inflicted mom during the non-tourist season proves false wishful thinking.

First someone kills several seals. Next Frank becomes concerned with a serial arsonist whose fires are increasingly becoming bigger and more dangerous. Finally inside the Fish Palace’s lobster tank floats a human head amongst the crustaceans. As he investigates the seal homicides, the Fire Season, the decapitated head and UFOs, Frank wishes they would select the chief already.

The latest Frank Coffin Season Mysteries (see High Season and Mating Season) is an amusing police procedural, Filled with eccentric characters (residents and visitors) and plenty of whimsical situations including UFO terror and when the hero’s mom or Uncle Rudy takes the stage, readers will enjoy Frank’s abysmal season as the acting chief.

Harriet Klausner

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