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I get ahead of myself. If you have not read any of this series I recommend you do. You do not need to in order to understand the story. Any backstory is added in as needed. However, the backstory goes like this. Charlotte's mother died and she was sent to live in Florida with her grandmother. Gram lives in a retirement community called Pineapple Port. Gram dies leaving our hero an orphan. She is allowed to continue to live there with the neighbors taking turns at taking care of her. Now she is 20 something woman who lives in an area with senior citizens. Because she keeps getting pulled into murders she decides to become a private investigator.
In this book she is called on to find a man that a former resident of Pineapple Port has been flirting with on her daily walk. He has been wearing a t-shirt each day with one word on it. Will. You. Go . Out. With. Me. ?
The day the woman is about to respond with her shirt, he does not show. While this might sound like a dull story, it does involve a hit-woman, drugs, an underground disco for senior citizens, and stuff that if I told you about it, it would be spoilers.
While she is not investigating a murder, that is not to say there is not murders taking place. For that reason, if it was a movie I would give it a PG rating. There is no other real problems with the book. I could recommend it to any reader who likes a good mystery. It is in the vein of the cozy mysteries but it is not what I would call one as it is not quite in that mode.
The seemingly innocuous mystery Charlotte is hired to solve quickly becomes something darker as it takes her into the world of drugs/dealers and the search for answers about a young man's death. Things become exciting and tense pretty quickly and don't slow down till the book ends. While the mysteries are brought to a satisfying conclusion, the unforeseen turns in the case set up several story arcs for future books and it looks to be a bumpy but fantastic ride ahead! Then there were the revelations about a couple of characters - wow!!! I think we've just seen the tip of the ice burg on these - in fact we're left with more questions than answers for now. I truly didn't see any of it coming - going to have to reread the previous books to see if the author left clues....
The landscape and atmosphere of Florida lends itself to dark, wry humor. Add a retirement community, and we are set to rock and roll.
This book is on a par with the best of Carl Hiaasen, portraying normal crazy life with an equally crazy dark underbelly.
This is symbolized in the book by an escape tunnel through the swamps with occasional escape hatches which offer the light of day in a landscape full of sucking ooze, alligators, and pythons.
The usual characters are back, and this time we learn more about Declan's past with lunatic, serial killer, assassin Stephanie.
A milder version of Stephanie, retiree Gloria, who extracts bizarre revenge for every imagined slight, also makes a return, starting the action by hiring series heroine Charlotte to find a man who had been silently flirting with Gloria and then suddenly disappears.
Drug dealing, gun battles, a door wreath made with severed human fingers, and yet it is very, very funny.
It is very easy to imagine these characters lives going forward, and in very unexpected ways.
Looking forward to more.
I really enjoyed everything about this book. Vansant has created characters that sustain this series and keeps me coming back for more, every time.