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Murdered in Argentina (Jack Trout Cozy Mystery) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 18, 2016
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I have fallen in love with Dianne Harman's mysteries because they are simply written. There isn't a lot of folderol. At times she might slide into too much detail. However, this doesn't happen often. I really liked the fact that the solution in this one makes perfect sense. I shocked myself by solving bits of it before the end of all the drama.
There is the wonderful way where she never left the location behind. For example, Pablo, the fishing guide, experiences the health care problems inside of Argentina. Inside Argentina, it is very difficult to afford the help Pablo needs for his wife, Catalina's, breast cancer. There is also the comparison and contrast between the justice system and our Criminal Law system here in America. I have to say God forbid if I had to stay in a prison in Argentina. The author writes that the conditions are horrible. I couldn't overlook the lazy way the police or detectives handled the case either. In this case, they are caught up in a family feud. This overrides the importance of finding a vindictive murderer.
I did wonder whether to call these Cozy mysteries Christian. After all, the author does speak about miracles and God. Perhaps, this information is on her website. Some readers might want this fact clearly expressed. In a place on the Internet, Dianne Harman's novellas are called Psychological Thrillers. I would not call this one a Psychological Thriller. Now, The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins and Walter Mosley's mysteries are definitely Psychological Thrillers. To call these stories anything other than cozies or just plain mysteries is taking advantage of the readers who might buy the book. I know Dianne Harman doesn't want to take advantage of a reader's lack of knowledge about her series.
No matter, I am looking anxiously forward to the next mystery in this series. I am wondering is it alright not to read these novellas in order, or should I begin with the first one. From the subtitle I know Jack Trout and Carola Trout, his wife, will appear in each one? Well, I'll take off my shoes and unpack my luggage. I need to rest before taking another journey in a different book. [...]
Fishing guide Jack Trout and his wife Carola are guiding a group of executives from a corporation to a lake with great trout fishing in a small town in Argentina. The company's owner Ray is murdered and his expensive fishing gear is stolen, and the local police chief who hates Americans has no interest in investigating whodunit. That leaves Carola to play detective.
There were a few weird things such as how everyone carries on with their life and going fishing and unconcerned with mourning Ray and being in communication with the home office. Even Ray's wife Lisa spends the day following his death going shopping in town and enjoying lunch out with Carola.
I have no idea why the series is called a Jack Trout Cozy Mystery. First off Jack Trout rarely made an appearance in the novel and he did nothing when it came to solving the murder, he was too busy fishing. His wife Carola was the driving force in figuring out the murderer. This style of book is not a cozy mystery due to the lack of humor and romance. Not to mention that the book dragged on too long before Ray was killed instead of having the murder occur earlier in the novel.
As with the other novel I read by this author, her writing style is tell don't show. The book is heavily dialogue driven, spelling out every little detail for the reader, and not in a very interesting or suspenseful manner. Conversations were too boring. What everyone in the room is thinking is written into the novel. This makes for an extremely slow paced novel where every minute of the day is covered. Although its not a writing style that I like, I appreciate how there are readers out there who prefer everything laid out so they can enjoy a novel without thinking too much about it.
A group of friends are on a fishing trip when things go wrong, and one of the party is murdered. The local officials have no interest in solving the crime since the victim was a “rich” American, so the friends decide to solve it themselves. It is a fun, easy-to-read mystery, no blood, no gore, just an intriguing problem. The cast of characters is diverse, and the plot has diversions, but is not so complicated that it is difficult to follow. The descriptions are well done, including the dining experiences. As a bonus, recipes are included.
This is not the kind of book I usually read, but when I saw that the setting was Argentina, (home of chocolate, leather and adventures of all sort) I was intrigued. I received this book as a gift in exchange for my review, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was the first book that I have read by Dianne Harmon, and it will not be the last. During this book, there was mention of a previous book with the same characters but set in Cuba. Now, that is a very fascinating setting that I probably will have to explore. Thank you, Dianne for sending me on this interesting journey.