Superior Justice, a Lake Superior Mystery
by Tom Hilpert
(c) 2008 Tom Hilpert
Rating: * * * *
Daniel Spooner died on a Tuesday in early May, just as the lunch hour was ending in Grand Lake.
The lunch hour part made me chuckle and ensured I would continue reading. And what a fun read this is!
Meet Rev. Jonah Borden, Lutheran pastor in a small town on Minnesota’s North Shore, who fuels his day with copious amounts of coffee and gourmet food and listens to rock music and goes fishing as often as time permits.
Jonah cracks wise as he tries to help clear a man he knows to be innocent of a vigilante murder, only to find himself charged with murder. And other unscrupulous dealings.
Superior Justice is thoroughly entertaining and a quick read.
Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers series #5) by John Sandford
Rating: * *
A mega-chain store is planning to build a supermart in a small town, threatening the livelihoods of existing businesses and sparking heated environmental protests. All to no avail: building plans advance despite the controversy. Until bombs start exploding. The first claims a life at the corporate headquarters of the mega-corp. The second kills a construction supervisor on the job site. More follow. The story starts with a bang (no pun intended) and progresses quickly through a series of events. Wisecracking Investigator Flowers has his hands full trying to narrow the list.
Flowers has an inflated sense of studliness which gets in the way of this story. Despite his trademark wry humor and cheeky dialogue, his self-importance takes over this novel.
Almost all the characters in this book utter quirky and off-beat phrases. While it’s not unusual for one person in a crowd to do that, it is unusual for all of them to speak that way. This, too, gets in the way of the story.
Flowers is an engaging and often enjoyable character. While this novel is not my favorite, it has sufficient action and excitement and witticisms that fans of the series will almost certainly enjoy it.