I have said, in the past, that mysteries were not really my thing. Guess what? It is official. This book has made me a mystery fan. In his third novel, Jeff Boarts has seamlessly blended the mystery/thriller with a caper and a romance. The characters of George and Ruth are familiar to fans of Boarts, but this is the story of how they met and fell in love. I adored seeing this glimpse of their past; the author does a wonderful job of fleshing out their younger selves, while staying consistent with the older version he established in previous books.
I greatly enjoyed the story. The setting of Pittsburgh in the days leading up to wartime prohibition was just familiar enough to make me feel comfortable, but unique enough to weave a rich story world. The story is full of chase scenes and action, and I could really imagine it in detail, thanks to the writing. There is a decent amount of modest romance, a fair dose of humor, and at the very heart of the book, an incredibly well written mystery. I legitimately was surprised at the end of the story.
So, this is the book that made me a mystery reader. And I bet it will make you one as well.
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