Sunday, October 16, 2016
Book Reviews/Giveaway : The Hammett Hex by Victoria Abbott
Series: Book 5 A Book Collector Mysteries
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mysteries
Source: Received for review from Publisher
Ratings: Marlene:3 out of 5 Tina: 4 out of 5
Once they arrive things seem to go haywire, from Tyler confessing part of the trip is to reconnect with his estranged grandmother to Jordan having to use unusual means to acquire the book. They will be chased, stalked, plundered and trapped. With to many pieces to the puzzle Jordan finds herself with to many suspects and not enough to go on but in an instance it is all set straight in her head and then the real work begins, providing the proof.
Along with San Francisco's hilly backdrop their relationship takes a detour as well. With Jordan being dragged along in the wake of one little white lie. A lie that will make her question her future.
It was a fun story with all the different intertwining story lines. Jordan was at her best. Loved the new character's introduced as well. I really enjoy reading stories with strong female leads, especially ones with attitude.
Disappearing book shops, murdered owners, break and entering of a senior’s home and hotel rampages in the heart of San Francisco are what awaited me when I read The Hemmett Hex. Jordan Bingham has a couchey job working for Vera Van Alst acquiring and purchasing rare mystery novels, currently she wants Jordan to fetch Dashiell Hammett’s “Red Harvest” which is a first edition.
Hammett happens to have roots in San Francisco and Jordan, to the disdain of Vera, who reminds me of Cruella De Vil of 101 Dalmatians fame lets her go for a much needed romantic getaway with her boyfriend with cop with ambitions to be a detective, Tyler “Smiley”Dekker.
Jordan starts finding herself in “accidents” all most being run down, their hotel room was ransacked and possible danger lurks for Tyler’s long lost “Gram” after he is reunited with her. Farley Tso who owns a bookshop sells Jordan A first edition copy of “Red Harvest” for Vera and soon vanishes and turns up murdered.
Jordan has gone legit in a family of criminals but finds she might have to bend the rules to save the day.
The Hammett Hex was not what I was expecting, unlike the first books in this series, this one didn't revolve around acquiring Vera's precious rare mystery books that was kind of on the back burner which was a disappointment to me. The pace started out slow but was then steady to the end.
“Gram” was a feisty new character that is very loveable and kept me turning the pages. Jordan's take charge and firey attitude are back in full form. I can’t wait to read and review the next book in the series.
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