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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A cold case heats up when Kelvin Frost, believed to have drowned in Alabama, returns from the dead to apply for more life insurance. Or has he? When a body—a dead body—identified as Kelvin Frost, turns up in Miami, murder complicates matters. Enter Luna Nightcrow, the insurance fraud investigator whose “smartphone never sleeps.” After recovering a valuable Cherokee relic, ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published November 18th 2013 by Inkwater Press
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Patricia
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
THE K-FROST CAPER is a quick and quite enjoyable read. When a dead body is identified in Miami as Kelvin Frost, an insurance fraud investigator, Luna Nightcrow, comes into the scene. Kelvin Frost appeared to have come back from the dead after a payout in Alabama for his death. An interesting read. The only thing I had a problem with was a few lines in Spanish with no translation. I recommend to all mystery readers!
Kathy Cunningham
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
James Blakley’s THE K-FROST CAPER is a snarky, cynical detective story centering on an engaging female insurance investigator. Forty-something Luna Nightcrow is a Cherokee fraud investigator with a sharp tongue and a knack for unraveling complicated mysteries. When the CEO of Charmed Life Mutual Insurance Company hires Luna to track down possible fraud suspect Kelvin Frost in Miami, she is immediately immersed in a convoluted web of lies of deception. Did Frost really die in Mobile, Alabama, or ...more
Heather
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Isn’t it fun as a reader to see an author grow? After reading Mr. Blakely’s first novel, The Steel Deal, which was a wry noir mystery, he has grown leaps and bounds in the who-dun-it field of mystery.

Luna Nightcrow is no ordinary insurance fraud investigator. I totally loved her character. She is deadly smart, gun packing, and butt kicking. She’s a detective without the rules and regulations, but with all the snarky and investigative history. The story starts out with a heart pounding gun show d
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Anne
Apr 14, 2014 rated it liked it
The story starts off with a prologue giving the final, action packed details of Luna's case before the K-Frost caper. I'm not thrilled by the use of prologues and prefer ones that explain why the main story exists. In this case, it seemed to be an introduction to Luna Nightcrow, the story's Cherokee insurance investigator. It was fine and added to what would really be a novella length mystery.

I found the main story utilized every sentence to the fullest using lots of detail and keeping the story
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Nancy Silk
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"An Intriguing Case Which Becomes A Real Page Turner!"

This is a compelling story of Luna Nightcrow, an insurance investigator for Charmed Life Mutual. She's one of the best investigators who has just proven herself again by recovering a valuable piece of art, a 19th century talisman from the Cultural Artifacts Institute. The CEO of Charmed Life is Farad Alms, a spitting image of Omar Sharif. He calls Luna into his office and congratulates her on her recent success. He then briefs her on her next
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Dale
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 drow
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Laurel-Rain
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
What does a cold case in Alabama have to do with a dead body in Miami?

Charmed Life Mutual Insurance wants to know, since a "body" with the same name—Kelvin Frost—allegedly drowned years before in Alabama, and someone collected $50,000 in life insurance.

Luna Nightcrow, an investigator, is off to Miami to find out if there is a connection between the "Kelvin Frosts." But what she discovers is so much more, not just insurance fraud and identity theft ...and in her efforts to untangle the clues, she
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Star
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Luna Nightcrow, an independent insurance fraud investigator, is contacted by Charmed Life Mutual Insurance when Kelvin Frost applies for a life insurance policy. The catch – CLMI already paid out on a policy for Kelvin Frost, presumed drowned. Luna takes the case and heads off for sunny Miami, Florida in search of the truth. There she finds some questionable characters as she hunts for clues to solve THE K-FROST CAPER.

THE K-FROST CAPER is a quick read featuring flamboyant characters and an even
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Deb Novack
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a true mystery with all the twists and turns in it. Luna Nightcrow is an insurance fraud investigator, she was a strong and smart woman. She is trying to solve a case which started in Alabama with a death benefit payout and ends in Miami where a person with the same name as the deceased in Alabama tries to collect on another policy in the name of the Alabama deceased they also have the same social security number. While investigating there are several murders to investigate, while in Mi ...more
African Americans on the Move Book Club
Put me to sleep why don’t you!! I first started reading this book and I kept reminding myself this is a mystery. The first couple of chapters started off with a drag. The character development needed some work, as a reader I like to visualize the characters of the story. In other words, I want to be taken into that world. The story line was interesting but there wasn’t a flow.

I was very disappointed after reading this book. If you like to read mysteries maybe you can try this one.


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LaTonya Garrett
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This was my first read by this author. I can say that it starts off a bit slow but does pick up. Luna Nightcrow is an insurance investigator who is always on point. Luna is like a dog with a bone and wants to ensure that she solves the case. This particular case is not easy but again Luna is determined.
Veronica
Jul 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The plot is weak and the characters are superficial, there are added layers of facts but it just seems to be for the sake of creating a mystery that is not there, since the story is very silly... facts seem like afterthoughts to fill in the story... and after the first "Mickey style" confession/detailing of the criminal, I just abandoned the book.

I really appreciate that it is not easy to write a book and that I will never write one of my own, and I only give one star to books that became extrem
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Cheryl
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Disappointing mystery

I wanted to like this book. There were parts of the descriptive blurb about the book that I thought sounded unique and interesting.

I liked the idea of a female Cherokee insurance fraud investigator. But other than telling us her name - Luna Nightcrow - we don't get to find out any more about the protagonist's Native American heritage, other than having the bad guy call her squaw repeatedly. My husband is part Cherokee and I found that particularly offensive.

The book is short
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James Blakley was educated at Missouri Western State College and Washburn University. While at MWSC, he was a local and national award-winning columnist and co-editor of "The Griffon-News".

Blakley worked 10 1/2 years as a page and as an Assistant Librarian for the River Bluffs Regional Libraries of St. Joseph, MO. He currently lives in Topeka,KS where he worked for The Topeka & Shawnee County
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