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Death in a Hammock
     

Death in a Hammock

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by Kinley Roby
 

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Roby's charming debut mystery features private investigator and amateur painter Harry Brock, who lives on a southwest Florida island, or "hammock," as Native Americans call it. As the story opens, Brock is confronted by an angry woman who demands to know where his neighbor, Will Trachey, lives. Taking the woman, who turns out to be Will's ex-wife,

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Roby's charming debut mystery features private investigator and amateur painter Harry Brock, who lives on a southwest Florida island, or "hammock," as Native Americans call it. As the story opens, Brock is confronted by an angry woman who demands to know where his neighbor, Will Trachey, lives. Taking the woman, who turns out to be Will's ex-wife, Katherine, with him, Brock sets off for Trachey's cottage, where they find Trachey dead, the victim of multiple gunshot wounds. Conservationist Luis Mendoza is blamed for the shooting, and Brock agrees to investigate on his behalf. In addition to dealing drugs, Trachey knew too much about someone, and on a small island, it's hard to keep secrets. Roby has created an immensely likable hero in Brock, a retired park ranger looking for a little peace and quiet, and the novel exudes the atmosphere of the island, the flora and fauna as well as the insular nature of human relationships there. Here's hoping this is only the beginning of the Harry Brock series. Jenny McLarin
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ISBN-13:
9781432826499
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
05/03/2010
Sold by:
CENGAGE LEARNING
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,141,373
File size:
655 KB

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Death in a Hammock 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Over twelve years ago, Harry Brock worked as a Game Warden in Maine when he was forced to kill a poacher in self-defense. The media hung Harry during the subsequent trial, but he was ultimately acquitted. However, his wife, already frustrated with their life in Maine, filed for divorce taking their two children with her.

Harry now lives on the southwest Florida Island, Bartram¿s Hammock. Katherine Trachey, accompanied by her two small children, asks Harry to take them to her runaway spouse, Willard, who is one of the island¿s recluses. Harry escorts the trio only to find someone killed Willard. As the prime suspect, the police lean towards either the wife for obvious reasons or the President of the Preservation league, Luis Mendoza, over a conservationist dispute are the two main suspects. Luis hires Harry to prove his innocence even as the loner begins to fall in love with the other major suspect.

DEATH IN A HAMMOCK is an enjoyable investigative mystery that starts slow, but once it picks up speed, it never decelerates. The characters are an appealing group except for the odious developer Orville Boone. Especially delightful is the hero who though a loner takes the time to entertain two little children with a snake and works extra hard to solve the case. Readers will take pleasure in Kinley Roby¿s first-rate tale.

Harriet Klausner