February 2016, Red Mountain Shadows Publishing, 4 hours & 52 minutes Audiobook, 212 pages Paperback, Review copy
Content: some major peril, humour
Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. With the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, the business is flourishing. Dell Murphy has passed on and left a fortune to his nephew. He wants his nephew to continue his work at the orphanage in Mexico, but there is one problem. Neal Woods is missing! If Amelia and Rick can’t find him soon, the fortune will be turned over to Dell’s brother and sister who intend to close down “Uncle Dell’s Orphanage.” If that happens, where will the children go?
I know the story's about a detective couple, but the moments of sheer joy, the compassion the duo have for each other and young children, plus their desire to see good triumph no matter how high the cost feels like a Nancy Drew trait, a young sleuth who I adored reading about when I was younger (& now too!)
Nick and Amelia traipse around Mexico, taking me to a strange and wonderful land. Poor Amelia suffers on the food front: while I felt sorry for her mishaps I was openly smiling as those scenes unfolded, something Rick had to avoid doing so as not to upset her. Ditto some of the wildlife who were extremely attracted to Amelia, but she was able to use some of the animals to halt the progress of their enemy who was determined to do everything in their power to make the detective duo late in their current case.
The amount of leads and various mishaps provided lots of excitement, it goes to show you don't need to wave a gun around to be threatening. There are many high peril moments, though some are simple misunderstandings. I'm already excited about book #4!
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