Thursday 27 January 2022


Synopsis/blurb ...

The action starts 10 minutes after the conclusion to A Crimson Sky for Dying, when young private detective Archie Archibald gets his second case.

Beautiful Lauren McAllister, from the famous McAllister spice dynasty, has suspicions her husband is fooling around...again. She hires Archie to corroborate her assumptions.

A sudden, untimely death plunges Archie into the dark underbelly of the wealthy McAllister family, where things are not what they appear to be. 

The story heats up when the shady Mrs. Culpepper rents a storefront several doors down from Archie’s office, and her hot-tempered son, Slim, starts paying unwanted attention to Archie’s new office manager. What exactly are the Culpeppers up to? 

Throw in fast cigarette boats, dangerous artifacts from the Amazon, and a steroid-crazed bodybuilder, and Archie and his friend Luther find themselves once again in the middle of another perilous mystery.

Another one from late last year and another okay listen. Didn't love it, didn't hate it.

A rich, dysfunctional family, a PI, some friends, a girl, another dysfunctional family - not rich, but criminal tendencies dealing in stolen goods and rather hot-headed. Marital discontent and evidence seeking leads to another case, this time involving death of the suspected adulterer. All the above collide in a mystery which I was bored by, but wasn't especially thrilled neither.

An okay book which filled time, added one to the tally and tied me over until my next great read.

And that's about it.  

3 from 5

Read - (listened to) December, 2021
Published - 2021
Page count - 198 (5 hrs 47 mins)
Source - Audible purchase
Format - Audible


  1. It does sound like a decent read, Col, even if it wasn't a stunner. And that's an interesting premise, too. I'm glad you found some things to like about it.

    1. Margot, I've read worse, maybe I was a tad underwhelmed, but not one to regret reading.