Hired by his sister Jules, former defense attorney to drug lord, Vinnie Ibanez, to work his magic, the odd yet endearing private detective, Dan LandisHired by his sister Jules, former defense attorney to drug lord, Vinnie Ibanez, to work his magic, the odd yet endearing private detective, Dan Landis is on the job.
The story begins with a bang, literally. Dan’s home is blown to bits and the gang is out to get anyone and everyone he cares about.
The clock is ticking and they all scramble to pull off the plan of all plans. Some choose to run for it, some choose to stay put and watch their backs. If the plan doesn’t work, most or all of them will be six feet under, crispy critters, or wearing new cement boots.
I just love Dan. Even in the toughest situations, like finding a bomb in his home, dodging bullets, or high speed chases, he still has to time to throw in the odd movie quote or crack wise.
He stomps around dressed all in black, except for his trademark day-glo socks. His old partner, Maggie, the one that was gunned down, is now not only talking in his head, she’s a full blown apparition, and Dan’s having a hard time remembering not to include her in his conversations. No one else can see or hear her, and they already think he’s nuts. No need to make it worse.
The almost romance between Dan and his partner, Abbey, the Abbinator, is still steaming along. I keep hoping they will make it legit. Their desire for each other is strong, and their sexual innuendos are sizzling. They need to get a room already!
And something new. Dan is now packing real bullets. No more blanks. Look out everybody.
The cast of characters is long, their voices loud, their roles fun and dangerous. There’s lots of snark, snappy back and forth, chuckles, and a whole lot of whoop A#S!
More steam punk fun with Nero’s Fiddle. Just a warning that this is the third book in the series so there may be some small spoilers. Cara and Nate areMore steam punk fun with Nero’s Fiddle. Just a warning that this is the third book in the series so there may be some small spoilers. Cara and Nate are settling in as newlyweds and doing what they love, hunting for more artifacts. The enigmatic and Inspector Frasier is also back and the bizarre deaths by spontaneous combustion bring these characters together again. The fiddle is being wielded to kill and these three must combine their skills to catch the killer and maintain a startling secret. I enjoyed the mystery in the first book, Nefertiti’s Heart. It was the second book, Hatshepsut’s Collar the blew me away. It was more of a thriller. And Nero’s Fiddle, while also more of a mystery, is very much character driven. Something I look for in my reads. There are many returning characters and some new ones. Cara’s body guard, Brick, is a hoot and how perfect is his name? Then, enter the Curator. He gave me the creeps. The story leads me to believe we’ll be dealing with him again in Moseh’s Staff, which will conclude this series. I’m sure the author will stun us with the finale. I’m hoping all of the character’s, good and bad, will return to thrill me one last time.