Saturday, July 28, 2012

Scone Island-Frederick Ramsay

Scone Island

Frederick Ramsay

Poisoned Pen, Aug 7 2012, $24.95

ISBN 9781464200557

Former CIA agent turned Picketsville, Virginia sheriff Ike Schwartz and his fiancée Callend University president Ruth Dennis vacation at Scone Island off the coast of Maine. Though she calls him a chauvinist pig, Ike plans to be gentle with his Ruth, who recovers from injuries suffered in a neat fatal hit and run (see Rogue), and has had a year that would have tested Job. Ike selected the location for the amenities it did not have like phone service so that Ruth can rest.

The suspicious death of Harmon Staley has natives begging Ike to help on their inquiry while Ruth fumes. His CIA buddy Charlie Garland who helped him on Ruth’s hit and run investigation tries to contact Ike who refuses to respond at a time unknown adversaries assassinate some of their former comrades with a Maine barrier island targeted next.

The latest Ike Schwartz thriller (see Secrets and Buffalo Mountain) is a superb tale from the opening bantering between the engaged couple until the final altercation in which Ruth rips skin from the CIA chief. With Scone island becoming Groucho’s cabin in a Night At the Opera as a horde including Ruth’s mom invade while the heroine insists they would have been better off in Vegas hiding in plain sight. Fans will enjoy this strong entry as Ike’s past arrives with an avaricious vengeance.

Harriet Klausner

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