This is the 5th book in the McClaren Mystery series, but if you haven’t read the others, don’t let that stop you from picking this one up. It’s the first book in the series I’ve read, and I had absolutely no trouble with the book. There were some undercurrants among the characters that would probably be explained if I’d read the previous books, but the mystery itself resolved nicely. That being said, I’m definitely going to be picking up the other books in the series as I really enjoyed McLaren.
I don’t want to say too much about the plot of this book, to avoid spoilers—it is a mystery, after all, and you don’t want that spoiled. Suffice it to say Ms. Hiestand does a masterful job at solving the case which turns out to be a lot more complicated than it appeared on the surface.
I liked the main character—Michael McClaren is a former policeman turned private detective, but this time the mystery he’s solving is a lot more personal. He’s not perfect, but he is good at solving puzzles—this one is multi-faceted, but McClaren is definitely up for the job. A solid entry in the mystery category!
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