- Series: Michael Tanner Mystery (Book 2)
- Paperback: 302 pages
- Publisher: Top Publications; First Edition edition (September 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1929976178
- ISBN-13: 978-1929976171
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,438,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Superior Mystery (Michael Tanner Mystery) Paperback – September, 2002
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Michael wonders why a small Wisconsin firm would turn to Washington State for a minor leaguer like he knows he is. More surprising is how far his client dug into his life. They know his beloved Mary Whitney has ties to the area and needs a sailboat that they offer as part of the deal.
Life in the northern Midwest seems idyllic to Michael until the crew brings up the skeletal remains of a person starting with a detached skull. Soon it becomes obvious that the victim was shot in the back over a century ago. Though planning to stay out of the 1890s murder, Michael is forced to investigate to keep his beloved Mary and himself safe from a modern day felon.
The second Tanner ecological mystery (see the vividly descriptive INNER PASSAGES) is a superb who-done-it starring a delightfully reluctant hero. The story line is straightforward in terms of the modern day shenanigans though the use of flashbacks interspersed throughout the novel brings 1890s Wisconsin to life inside a murder subplot. Carl Brookins does not beat around the bush as he targets a college graduate save the environment audience with this well written, picturesque novel that lucidity uses a murder theme to render a strong ecological message.
Michael Tanner us a successful public relations executive from Seattle. His second wife, Mary Whitney, is an heiress to an industrial empire. Both share a love of sailing. When Michael receives a call from a lumber recovery firm in Ashland, Wisconsin, he and Mary decide to go to hear their pitch and check out the area of Lake Superior as tourists and sailors. Mary's family has logging roots in Ashland, which seems to be more than a coincidence. But when Michael and Mary repeatedly find themselves targets of someone intent upon bodily harm, the plot heats up, particularly when they discover Mary's first husband may be behind some of the mischief:
"'I can think of a couple of reasons,' Mary paused and took a drink of beer while she organized her thoughts. 'He already knew a lot about how I think and he must have remembered that the Whitneys cleared some of this land. He could easily find out about you,' her hand reached out and tapped Tanner's, 'and the firm. Could he have concocted a scheme to take some kind of revenge on me? Or on both of us?' She looked at Tanner and he saw the concern in her eyes."
A Superior Mystery is a well written yarn containing some of the finer things one would associate with a mystery: deep water; storms; car crashes; sailing; and wealth. Michael Tanner and his wife Mary are interesting and wealthy characters who lead a life not unlike the Harts from Hart to Hart. They bring in just enough glamour to entice the reader.Read more ›
The story follows public relations executive Michael Tanner and his wife Mary, who are hired to develop a marketing plan for a fictional Ashland, Wisconsin, company called Chequamegon Resource Recovery. The company is raising and selling old growth timber from the bottom of the bay. Divers find a skull among the sunken timber, and a visiting environmentalist is found dead in the company's warehouse. Questions are raised in the investigation which threatens the foundation of the firm.
While Tanner's wife does research in Washburn and Bayfield, to try to determine a name for the skull, Tanner discovers unexpected threats to both him and his wife, and secretive meetings of company executives in Ashland. Mystery and suspense, together with a strong sense of the Wisconsin locale combine to make A SUPERIOR MYSTERY a solid read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Oh, for an editor, or I'd settle for a proof-reader! So many errors it was highly distracting: punctuation, pronouns, verb agreement, it was pretty bad. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mrs. B
A Superior Mystery has an interesting storyline, but the many grammar mistakes, wrong words, and punctuation errors were a major distraction. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sally