Date: June 20, 2002
Reviewed: Trade Paperback
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Mystery / Caper / Humor
A complex caper at it's best.
In his second
mystery, Opportunity Slips, Sherban Young once again gives
mystery readers a mix of mystery and wit.
is running for his life. He stops to phone his fiancé to
let her know he's in trouble. After getting a man on the line, he
finally reaches her. And here is where readers see just a hint of
that you, Peaches? Well, who was - ? Oh, that Harry. You didn't
tell me you were inviting your brother over. Because I don't like
him, that's why. No, never mind it now. No, just skip it. Listen,
remember me telling you about those people? The ones in that business
deal I was working on? Well, I think they're trying to kill me
now. That's right, kill me. What? No, I did not break my diet!
Are you listening to me? People are trying to kill me! No, this
is not a gag. I am not 'fooling about.' What? Well, I don't care
what Harry thinks about it. I am telling you the truth! I am!
What's that? Well, I am."
Ted Soulfield, an old friend looking for Reggie. He is greeted at
Reggie's apartment by someone bearing arms, or should I say cans.
Anyway, no one seems to be worried about Reggie, since he's been
known to over react. That is until Ted drives off and is greeted
by a stowaway bearing arms, this time in the form of a gun. And
here is where I would love to quote the humorous scenes in the car
between Soulfield and his stowaway, but won't. You can, however,
find the first chapter at Young's website: www.sherbanyoung.com
mystery moves on, Ted meets some unusual characters who are either
involved with Reggie or with his disappearance -- some young and
attractive, some selfish or conniving, some hilariously bad, and
some just plain umm
Once Ted realizes something is going
on, he takes to sleuthing. Well, really the sleuthing comes to him
through the other characters who are curious about Reggie's disappearance
after all. Ted falls in with this cast of curious characters and
ends up in a spur-of-the- moment plan, with him as the lead imposter.
It's situation after situation with a plot that gets thicker and
thicker. About halfway through the mystery, Ted is in so deep, I'm
sure he will never get out alive.
I could compare both Young's stand-alone mysteries with P.G. Wodehouse's
"Jeeves" series or Rex Stout's "Nero Wolfe"
series, Young does have a writing style all his own. His mysteries
are meticulous; he's generous with his characters and carries off
some distinctly funny dialogue.
are looking for a fresh voice in humorous, cozy, caper-like mysteries,
you can't go wrong with Sherban Young.
recommend one book for the New Year, it's Opportunity Slips.