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Posted January 29, 2015
Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite
In The Albermarle Affair, Parker Hall and Keely Foster decide they want to be private investigators. Now if they could only get a paying case before they starve. Well, soon they are in luck with not only one case but two. The first case is a restaurant owner wanting to know why he’s losing money every day in his restaurant so he hires the new investigators to find out. Since Parker was a short order cook and Keely has waitressing experience, they find they can fit right in. Before they can solve the case, the second one comes along. Corky Middleton thinks the woman she has seen watching her just may be her birth mother. She hires Foster and Hall to investigate.
Parker and Keely have no trouble solving the first case so they decide to concentrate on helping Corky. Unfortunately things are not as simple this time. Instead of finding Corky's mother, they accidentally find a dead body. And, that's just the beginning as this case starts to rapidly build. Can newcomers Foster and Hall actually untangle a years-old web of deception and, in doing so, bring a murderer to justice?
Author C.M. Albrecht has a winner here. The story is right up there with some of the best PI adventures. Without the use of explicit or strong language and excessive violence, the author has skillfully woven an excellent mystery plot. The reader can quickly identify with the characters. I really enjoyed reading this book.