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Flight of the Tarantula Hawk - A Lance Underphal Mystery

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  32 reviews
“A brisk, intelligent thriller where the action can turn on a dime as new suspects and situations occur.” – IndieReader - 5 Star Review - Top Book Pick and a Best Book of 2014

“Not for the faint of heart, Michael Allan Scott’s thriller balances mystery and horror in equal proportions...this inventive tale deserves a high mark for intricate plotting.” – Clarion Review

Kindle Edition, 349 pages
Published February 10th 2014 by Telemachus Press, LLC
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Marilyn Gullo
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was captivated from page one. I was impressed with the way the author is able to make you hear, see and smell the beauty of the desert. I was intrigued with the way I was pulled into each and every characters persona. Lance Underphal is a troubled soul, who desperately seeks his dead wife's companionship and guidance through the world of the unknown. Going through his journey into the killers mind and actually "seeing" through the killers eyes, was a wild ride. Through all the twists and turns ...more
Stephanie Neighbour
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First rate writing and a great story….
I came upon this book not knowing what to expect and I have to say, after the first few pages I was quite impressed. The author has an amazing ability to describe each scene so it feels like you're watching a movie. The story itself is a page-turner and just when you think you have it figured out, here comes a twist. Very engaging with plenty of thrills, paranormal happenings and realism that will keep even the most diehard crime fans satisfied. Michael Alla
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Michael Allen Scott is one of my favorite authors (yes, I have several). I was drawn into this story from the start. This authors descriptive scenes makes it easy to feel like I'm in that desert. He beautifully gives each character their own persona, right down to Lances own troubled soul. Luckily Lance has his deceased wife's help to guide him thru this physic journey. Seeing thru the killers eyes was a new an exciting point of view. Just when you think you have this mystery solved, just turn t ...more
Mason Malone
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I’ve read by Michael Allan Scott. I love his writing style, and the pace and flow of the narrative. Great characters, intriguing setting—Phoenix. Tarantula Hawk grabbed my interest from the first page and held it until the very end.
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Flight of the Tarantula Hawk – A Lance Underphal Mystery by Michael Allan Scott
Rating ***** 5/5
Having been introduced to the character of Lance Underphal in Dark Side of Sunset Pointe, I was more than delighted to receive a copy of Flight of the Tarantula Hawk from the very talented Michael Allan Scott. The big question was, could this second novel deliver? A resounding yes!!
From the first page to the last, the plot is bursting with twists and turns as Michael Allan Scott pushes the boundaries
Matthew Krause
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
About a third of the way through FLIGHT OF THE TARANTULA HAWK, I realized I had seen this movie and yet I had not. Sometimes a police procedural, other times a haunting precog fantasy, I had no idea where the story was going but was never lost. A few chapters in, you will know you’re in the hands of a master.

Crime-scene photographer Lance Underphal is a man with a gift … or a curse depending on your point of view. Blessed with second site, Lance possesses the ability to see remnants of events t
James L'Etoile
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
You take my two favorite genres, crime fiction and paranormal thriller, mix together until well blended and you have Michael Allan Scott’s Flight of the Tarantula Hawk.

The protagonist in this series is Lance Underphal, a crime scene photographer with a gift he didn’t ask for, a channel to the spirit world, guided by the specter of his dead wife.

Set in the Arizona desert, Flight of the Tarantula Hawk follows Lance on a strange ad twisted journey after he receives a vision of a murder scene, only
Charity Langley
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was a fun read and I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it before. The hero is an unusual sort of guy, nearly a hermit, but without him a killer would continue on a spree unchecked. (I did have a few questions about the main character's relationship, but since this is the second book in the series, I should probably read the first one.)

The strength of this novel was most certainly Scott's descriptive writing, especially during the most horrible scenes. If you
Jay Williams
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is written in a lyric style that beautifully captures the spirit of the desert around the Phoenix area. This intense style works well as the action moves into and out of the world of the mind as well as the real world. The characters are extremely well developed, quite realistic, and very interesting. The story is very imaginative, and it provides food for thought. It would do well as a book club selection because there is much to discuss. The story of the tarantula hawk is accurately ...more
Christina Cockerham
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome read. I had a bit of difficulty getting into it in the first few pages, but by the end of the 1st chapter I was hooked. I got wrapped into it so much so that at one point I looked up at the clock and several hours had passed by. I didnt even want to put it down to go to bed. I loved the uniqueness of Lance and how he solves his mysteries. I cant wait to read the next book inline. I am also trying to get my husband to read this as he likes a good mystery too.
Caroline Jenkins
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant storyline, so much excitement and so much going on, I was addicted from the first page.
You've got to love Lance Underthal he's such a miserable old codger but with a heart of gold.
The storyline is a nonstop rollercoaster ride with a problem only Lance can solve, along with his friends.
I couldn't put this book down, I loved it.
Tom Walsh
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great novel!

“A brisk, intelligent thriller where the action can turn on a dime as new suspects and situations occur.” – IndieReader – 5 Star Review – Top Book Pick and a Best Book of 2014

Tarantula Hawk: A Lance Underphal Mystery
by Michael Scott Allan - my review

Lance Underphal is a photographer for crime scenes. But, more than that, he is a psychic. And, above that, his spiritual guide is his deceased wife, Sonja. They speak to one another all the time. His life is in the trash can: dru
Elaine Emmerick
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

1. Characters ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Carla Simon is a real estate agent.
Lance Underphal is a photographer who has premonitions.
Lacey Friends-Salmon is a reporter and Frank's wife.
Frank Salmon is a detective in the Violent Crimes Bureau.
Paul Hernandez is a loan officer.
Jake Jacobs is a Private Investigator.
Darlene Tacker is the HR Director at America One Bank.
Jim Clayton is a real estate owner/investor.

2. Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Carla Simon is returning to her job as a real estate agent after a leave of
Andrea Merchak
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read psychological supernatural mystery!

I’ve been curious about ‘Lance Underphal Mystery’ series for a while. I’m glad I finally made time to read one of Scott’s stories. He’s created a fascinating character. A reclusive man who uses his curse to help a homicide detective to solve an intriguing series of murders.
In fact, Scott leads us through the story along with a group of very well developed characters, each one of them with a unique personality. Besides Lance, who is my favorite among
Karen Kearns
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Whether you believe in Psychic Phenomena or not, Michael Allan Scott in his Lance Underphal Psychic Mystery series should at the very least give any reader cause to contemplate its existence. Personally, I tend to believe in Psychic Phenomena, or at least I leave myself open to evidence of its existence.
This series has grabbed ahold of me, and even though I read book three before book two, I am still anxiously awaiting further homicide cases in which Lance, Frank &
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Scott's Underphal series is so far from the usual supernatural mystery genre it isn't funny. There is nothing charming or sexy about poor Lance, though perhaps his ongoing love for his long-dead wife is on the romantic side. As for his power--it all but destroys him, time and again. And yet, he can't walk away from it. ...more
Paula Letterman
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the build-up of the main character. I didn't think it could get better. I'm definitely a devoted follower. ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author presents a very involved and intriguing tale in this book featuring the paranormal abilities of Lance Underphal. The Tarantula Hawk serves as a talisman for his connection to the killer. The somewhat skeptical police detective is open to Lance's narrative but he is not completely buying it. The suspense builds as Lance digs deeper into the villain's backstory. The reader must build our own theory of the killers' motive and aim based on what is revealed by Lance's fevered mind. An inte ...more
Patricia Cocc
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Flight of the Tarantula Hawk.

I enjoyed your story. Thank you for keeping me entertained through all the twists and turns. I'm a new fan. Cocco
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery readers
I loved it. Even though it scared the daylights out of me. I should know better than read this style of writing at night! Nice one Michael. I highly recommend this book, scare tactics and all. I am a follower of Mr. Scott. This one won't keep me away. ...more
Emmett J.
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
An unlikely hero

A story set in the Phoenix Valley puts murder in to interesting twists that Lance has to sort out before another person falls prey. The wasp plays prefect as a visceral parallel to man imitating nature. I recommend the book.
Kerry Reis
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-version
Lance Uderphal, a news crime photographer, has moved into a solitary mobile home in the desert outside Phoenix in order to try to isolate himself from the frightening psychic abilities that he has developed. However, when he is called to photograph the death scene of a realtor in a foreclosed home on the market, he begins to receive horrifying metaphorical visions from a determined serial killer. This brings pressure from Homicide Detective Frank Salmon, who has a cynical awareness of Lance’s gi ...more
Cindy Pendergraft
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a fascinating book. It took a bit me a bit to understand Lance. Once I did his character drew you into the story, vivid descriptions of what he saw, made you think you were there. Good book
Tina  Helzer
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Scott has written a real nail-biter here. This lance Underpahl book will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering if Lance can pull it off once again to help out his friend the Homicide Detective Frank Slamon. It is a close one. Lance is still working on getting his gift of ESP under control. Once he can do that he can really dig in and become a help to solve murders.

This is the second in a 4 part series of Lance Underphal books. The best part is you can read them separately or all togeth
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ADGD, ODD, and ASPD are but a few of the things she was diagnosed as having. Wow!!! I still think that lady is up to something and the police should keep an eye on her.Lance can’t get his mind around things even with Sonja’s 'help'. Why doesn’t Sonja do more to help Lance? I enjoyed the story – rough as it was. I know, I was forewarned that it would be rough. And I recommend the book. ...more
Alicia Tauty
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Present Progressive grammar tense DOES NOT WORK for a fiction book. One reads through this book wondering what is wrong with the narrative voice and it becomes clear after a short time. It sounds definitely odd. When you add third person voice it ceases to work as a storytelling medium. This makes it fairly clear this is a self-published book in need of an editor, or at the very least a decent high school English teacher's advice. For example, this book would use the sentence "The boy kisses ...more
kenneth  Fowler
Another mind numbing Problem for Lance , another member joins the backup team and between them the truth emerges . Plenty of action , twists and intrigue to keep you up at night well written with an interesting style , I found Lance as a character a little too distracted and uncomfortable in his own mind that became boring in the end otherwise very enjoyable
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I like this book (more or less) but felt at times it went a little "over the top" on the paranormal aspects. I don't object to this content but just feel it was more heavy handed than necessary to make the story complete. Still, I intend to read more as this was my first exposure to the author. ...more
Pat aka Tygyr
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd book in the Lance Underphal Mystery books. Psychic Lance is having dreams and visions of a tarantula hawk. What do they mean? Can Lance decode the dreams and visions in time to prevent the next murder? This is another roller coaster ride of a read. I loved it.
This one was a little too dark for me. I admire Scott's writing, but I'm rating this one 3.8 stars. ...more
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When asked about time spent in solitary confinement in the Maricopa felony block, he said, “Some things are better left a mystery.” Yet he admits to drawing on life’s darker experiences to create a new breed of murder mystery thrillers. Michael Allan Scott, his wife, Cynthia, and their rescue Doberman, Roxie live with coyotes, bobcats, and javelina in the Arizona desert.

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