Last Call by Phyllis Smallman is the seventh installment of Smallman's Sherri Travis Mystery series. Last Call follows Sherri Travis and her best friend, Marley, in Key West, Florida. Sherri and Marley go out to the Rawhide to help a character called Lexi Divine ﬁgure out who has been pocketing money from the bar. It seems like your average cozy mystery, but after Marley suddenly goes missing, things take a turn. A storm is coming and as the city begins the evacuation process, chaos ensues as Sherri and Divine must ﬁnd their friend before it is too late.
I don't usually read contemporary sleuth novels, because I've always stuck it out with the classics such as Poirot, Marple, and Sherlock Holmes. I was also worried that I'd get lost since this was my ﬁrst time reading this series. But my, oh my, this is one tremendously well-written story. Smallman knows how to build momentum. The pacing of her novel kept me reading and losing track of time, and I never found myself getting lost or confused.
Since the series revolves around a main protagonist, it should be added that Sherri Travis is wonderful. Sherri is a witty, good- natured and altogether likable character. Personally, and putting the plot aside, one of the best parts of Last Call was reading the interactions between Sherri, Marley, and Divine. Building character relationships in a series such as this is important. It made me, somebody who has never read any of the other Sherri Travis books, care about what happens to Sherri and her friends. This is easily a great choice for fans of sleuth novels.
Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite
Last Call, the new, 'Sherri Travis' mystery, recently published by Hamilton author, Phyllis Smallman, is a fast paced read that makes you want to read just one more chapter. Librarian, ceramic potter and now author, Smallman's 'Sherri Travis series was chosen by Good Morning America for its best reads list and also won the Unhanged Arthur award from the Crime Writers of Canada.
Sherri, always on the outlook for fun, sun and a few bucks, lands in Key West. What she ﬁnds is a friend who's disappeared, the police not interested just 72 hours before Hurricane Alma descends with a high octane punch full of blackouts, ﬂoods and murder. Sherri's new partner is Lexi Divine, a six foot tall drag Queen with a heart of gold and wicked left hook. Together their search turns frantic with panic and threat.
Author, Smallman brings Key West alive with the bar culture, Hemingway's shadow, fresh and acid funny dialogue with energy that matches the pending fury of the hurricane. Last Call is vintage Smallman and that means a snappy, entertaining read.
Smallman writes as if her words are in fluid motion. She delights her readers with another fast-paced, tension-filled drama. Sherri Travis's antics make you laugh. Her loyalty to friends makes you love her. Her drive to solve the crime frightens you. Even the threat of a hurricane doesn't stop Sherri. Vivid description, complex characters, and a well-developed plot make Last Call a must read for mystery lovers. ~ Kristina Stanley
Wit & Wonder Books rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided by the author for an honest review*
Be prepared for more of Sherri's wisecracks and knack for solving crimes!Last Call is the seventh installment of the Sherri Travis Mysteries Series by Phyllis Smallman. Smallman has earned several awards for this series including, Florida Writers Association, Canadian Best Book Awards, National Indie Book Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards and Crime Writers of Canada.
In Last Call, we follow Sherri Travis and her best friend Marley on their much-needed small vacation to Key West. There they meet up with Lexie Devine, a six foot cross dresser who manages the bar called The Rawhide. Determined to enjoy their short two-day trip before the hurricane hits, the girls let loose. When Marley hits it off with an Elvis impersonator, she promises to return before last call.
"If I didn't worry, my brain wouldn't see any action at all!"
When the next morning rolls around and there is no sign of Marley, Sherri starts to investigate. Things don't add up so she goes to the police, but they are of no help. Marley has to be missing for seventy-two hours before they are willing to do anything. Frustrated, Sherri decides to take matters into her own hands to find her friend. Bringing along Lexie, Sherri goes on the hunt for her friend and nothing is going to stop her from finding her. Certainly not a hurricane.