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Island Casualty (An Andy Veracruz Mystery) (Volume 2) Paperback – May 15, 2014
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Editorial Reviews: Readers of D.R. Ransdell’s Mariachi Murders have no doubt been waiting for the second installment in her series of Andy Veracruz mysteries. With the publication of her latest work,Island Casualty, she doesn’t disappoint. In the newest installment, Veracruz finds himself again “neck deep” in mystery and intrigue on the Greek island of Amiros. Weaving crisp dialogue and artfully descriptive detail in with fast moving, shadowy narrative, Ransdell carries the reader along in another enjoyable read. -- John Paddison, author of China Photos and Reflections === Island Casualty starts out as typical murder mystery set in the Dodecanese Islands. The setting is described with artistic flare; the characters are three-dimensional; and the plot has plenty of twists and turns. Then slowly the plot turns into a morality play and the protagonist Andy Veracuz as “Everyman.” The net result is the reader has to look at right and wrong in a new way and in the process learns a lot about Greek culture and perhaps herself. --J. L. Greger, author of Ignore the Pain === In Island Casualty, the second Andy Veracruz mystery, Andy accepts the invitation of a friend who is working at a taverna on a Greek island. He’s hoping Rachel can help him forget the one he could not save, but life on a small island is much different from life in Squid Bay. Instead of a relaxing vacation, Andy finds secret engagements and crazy wives. As the savior of everyone except himself, Andy is soon involved in it all, but justice is not always black and white. I love the characters here, and the descriptions make the scenes jump off the page. When you read a book and the scenes unroll in front of you like a movie, then you know it’s something good. Elaine Joyce, author of Dead Men Do Tell Tales
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In Short: This is a well paced mystery novel that goes as follows: it starts with excellent character development, then the plot takes an intriguing twist and you find yourself getting more and more curious as the story progresses, then it gets exciting and full of action, finally the mystery is solved in a whirlwind of surprises.
Pros: The book is so descriptive and the characters are so well crafted that I completely lost myself in it by the middle. This is the first book that has so thoroughly sucked me in that I felt like everything was real. Even the conversations were genuine, especially between Rachel and Andy. In real life men and women often have a way of talking to each other where they aren't really understanding each other, it can be difficult to communicate and so much gets left unsaid. That is how this book is. It isn't phony, where everyone says the right things, makes grand romantic gestures and lives happily ever after. No, this book is real, from start to finish. I'm dying to know what happens between our heroes, Andy and Rachel, in the next book of the series.
Another great thing about this book is that it is a perfect stand-alone! You do not need to read the first book to know what is going on and you do not get left on a cliffhanger at the end. The conclusion is solid and satisfying and the only cliffhanger is what will Andy's life be like now, and what will Rachel do next. The mystery wraps up nicely and is almost suspenseful in its reveal. I was definitely happy with the resolution and didn't see that ending coming.
I'm blown away by the overall quality and fascinating story in this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery.
Parent's Guide: There are sexual references but the sex scenes are not described with any detail. Some violence (shooting guns), mild language.
I was sent a free copy of this book in return for my honest review. Full Review at ODBookReviews.blogspot.com
Rachael, the main character's love interest, was just as sexy and enticing as the setting but both were subordinate to Andy's internal struggles and the compelling mystery that pulls him through the story. My only criticism is that after the first 200 pages, which slowed from the mystery only occasionally to tantalize the reader with island life and island lovemaking, the last 50 pages seemed to take a bit slower pace. While it might have been 5 or 10 pages shorter to maintain that earlier heart-pumping pace, the climax and resolution were quite satisfying and well worth the read.
If you're up for a good mystery, check this one out. I'll be looking into the other books in the series.
-- William A. Adams, author of "Hunter & Hunted," and "It Wasn't Me."
In my mind, it's Andi Veracruz. She's tall, dark, beautiful, a little butch, and her shirt's open a few too many buttons. She's smart and tough, but easily tangled up with the wrong people. Fun to read about, fun to fantasize about.
Or is this just my wishful thinking?