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- Print Length: 250 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1947287184
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- Publisher: misterio press LLC (May 26, 2020)
- Publication Date: May 26, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B086W1ZKQZ
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I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book and simply couldn't resist adding it to my library! I can highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery.
David Thatcher Wilson, author
Smith Beach Press
Marcia has gone to another Florida city, Williston, to deliver and complete the training of endearingly-ugly service dog Fred for her new client, a handicapped veteran who runs a stall in a popular flea market. While there, she’s looking forward to spending time with her best friend, and especially with her twin godchildren. Marcia knows from bitter experience that she shouldn’t get involved when her new client becomes the target of violence and suspicion.
But when it appears that the local police are part of that danger, she reluctantly jumps in. Marcia has identified and accepted the difference between amateur detective and busybody, and has promised her loved ones to not to cross that line. And she means to keep that promise, she really does. Until she doesn’t.
But what’s she supposed to do when her best friend’s family become targets, when Marcia sees a law enforcement officer misbehave, and especially when her beloved dogs are in danger? It’s time for Marcia’s alter ego, Ms. Snark. Over the past books in the series, as Yankee Marcia moves to Florida where she finds friends, a home, a career, a partner, alligators, and tea so sweet it requires a diabetes test, Ms. Snark’s voice in her head has gone from sounding like her mom to steadily assuming the role of an individual character. Now she seems to want more. “More and more lately, Ms. Snark seemed to deny that she and I were the same person. What was that about?”
As a mystery author, Kassandra Lamb plays fair with her readers. Clues, red herrings, and misdirections abound as Marcia races to find a killer who doesn’t hesitate at theft, violence, and even murder. She wants to believe her client, but his war injuries have left him with anger issues, and Marcia’s doubts become our doubts.
Although it never takes center stage, another element in this episode is that of star-crossed lovers and the role of families. Like Romeo and Juliet, the budding relationship between Marcia’s client Derek and his slightly mentally-challenged colleague Nell could be destroyed by revelations of their family history, especially their fathers.
In Lord of the Fleas, we get an interesting and entertaining picture of the vendors in the flea market, plus the chance to see Marcia’s posse of friends and family develop. Unfortunately, though, the villain never became more than a two-dimensional collection of tropes. Given that the villain’s motivations are also inspired by traumatic family history, I think this was a missed opportunity.
But a cozy mystery doesn’t really require psychological drama, and the book more than makes up for this as the action ratchets up in a couple of pulse-pounding action scenes—babies and dogs in danger!—ensuring I read through the entire book in one sitting. So if you enjoy following an opinionated, often Ms. Snark-dominated amateur detective as she unravels clues, develops her relationships with family and friends, and drops dog-training tips along the way, then I completely recommend Lord of the Fleas and the rest of the Marcia Banks and Buddy Mysteries.
The next morning, Marcia and Derek met at the tent where a church service was being conducted by Zeke Lord. When they returned to Derek’s stand, he went into the back to get the dragonhead cane and found someone had cut off the padlock and stolen the cane! Derek told her Zeke would be angry, since he was the owner of the cane! But Zeke wasn’t at all upset and didn’t want it reported to the police.
When Marcia met Derek at his home to work with Fred, they were in the middle of the lesson when a police car drove up. Derek was being taken in for questioning. His friend, Zeke, the owner of the flea market, had been murdered! The deputy actually pulled his gun on Derek and told him to put down the canes he was using to walk and get on the ground! He was hostile when Derek could not comply due to his spinal cord injury and partial paralysis. But things are not as they seem. Marcia is going to have to find the real killer. Yet the flea market has more secrets, it seems -- and unearthing them could prove deadly! Can she find the killer? Will she put herself in danger in doing so?
I really enjoyed the training information that the author tosses into the story, such as the “cover” position the dog takes to guard the owner’s back and make them feel safer, signaling with a tail thump if someone came up behind them. It was nice to understand these little nuances. The story line was interesting, with unusual characters and situations. Grab your copy and enjoy the mystery!