In his sophomore effort author James Blakley introduces a new character but stays in familiar territory. His previous book, The Steel Deal, featured a private investigator that stumbled into something much larger than he had imagined when he took a case,
In The K-Frost Caper Luna Nightcrow, a Cherokee insurance investigator from Oklahoma, is sent to Miami to look into a suspicious life insurance application. It seems that the company paid out life insurance money a few years ago for the drowning death of a man with the unlikely name of Kelvin Frost. His body was never recovered and now a person was applying for more life insurance in Miami with the same unlikely name.
|The Miami Skyline. Photo by Marc Averette|
The company, Charmed Life Mutual, already sent one investigator but he has dropped off the grid so Luna Nightcrow is sent to investigate this Kelvin Frost person and find the other investigator. But, when she arrives in Miami she discovers that the Kelvin Frost case is much more convoluted than she could have imagined. Plus, she's being followed by the white car and the detective she is supposed to liaison with in Miami is so darned attractive...
Chock full of odd names and quirky characters and topped off with just a dash of romance, The K-Frost Caper is a light detective story that I would normally call beach reading. But, since it is 14 degrees as I write this on January 3rd, I will suggest that this could be a fun book to read as you while away a snow day. If you like your detective stories full of grit and gore this will be bound to disappoint - despite the fact that all kinds of people die it is much more like an old Remington Steele mystery than No Country for Old Men. But, if that is your style than you should find The K-Frost Caper to be a fun, quick read.
I rate this book 4 stars out of 5.
Reviewed on January 3, 2014.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.