- File Size: 602 KB
- Print Length: 269 pages
- Publisher: BookYear Mysteries (July 19, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 19, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008NCUC3W
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I finished "Grave Indulgence" and of course it was more of the same goofy octegenarian Henry Graves, who works as a crime investigator on cruises which are in international waters and it's unclear which national agency would have jurisdiction. Graves gets called on board a cruise ship named the Indulgence because of specific threats made against the Indulgence (on its maiden voyage) and also because the Brazilian intelligence agency had intercepted news of a planned kidnapping of a retired US Air Force General who would be on board.
The ship is owned by a prince in a made-up Middle Eastern nation, and his half brothers, who all want to become King when their father dies, all try to push their own agendas, crawling over each other to get to the top.
What ensues is the usual Henry Graves bumbling about but still solving the crime. The man is hard of hearing, falls asleep at the most inopportune times, propositions women decades younger than he, and eats voraciously. As I read the first book, I thought it was hysterical. By the time I finished this book, I will have to admit that the constant references to food, and the amount of it that Henry was able to consume, got a bit tedious. However, it was still a good story.
The reasons I liked it: It was "lighter" reading. There was a mystery to solve, and even though someone gets murdered, we aren't subjected to disgusting serial killers who rape, mutilate, or murder women. If there's a murder committed, it's usually quick and clean. No gory details.
I also liked it because Henry really IS a loveable character! There are many people in their mid-80's who remain vital and peppy. OK... so Henry's not "quite" so peppy any more, but he does get the case solved.
I liked this book because I often read a lot of non-fiction history, and this is a welcome respite from heavier tomes. It's a good break and a lot of fun. The editing is always quite good, too, with no typos driving you crazy.
I'd recommend this book! It's a light read, a fun read, and an interesting read!
I am so happy I have discovered this author through Grave Passage. The book is simply wonderful, with well-drawn characters, an interesting plot line, and a great deal of snappy wit. The unraveling of who murdered people is subtly done, and the background details of the ship and the cruise themselves are of interest in their own right. The main character, a detective in his eighties, is simply a wonderful creation. I have the same feeling about this author as I did when I discovered Alexander Mccall Smith. Here is someone whose works I want to read all of. For a plot synopsis in detail, you can probably find this in other people's reviews.
Don't miss reading this one.
Mr. Doonan, not only are you an excellent teacher but an excellent writer. Thank you.