Dek Elstrom Mysteries, No 3
February 28, 2012 / ISBN: 0312605269
Mystery / Illinois/Michigan / Contemporary
by L J Roberts
First Sentence: The Argua-Observer was the only Chicago newspaper
that dared run the pictures of the clown going off the room screaming.
Dek Elstrom is hired by a mysterious man in a limousine to investigate
the death of a clown. It doesn't take Dek long to discover his client
is wealthy socialite Sweetie Fairbairn. Working with the help of
reporter Jennifer Gale and his Dek's sartorially-challenged yet
delightful best friend Leo, Dek finds himself with more bodies than
clues, pegged as a suspect by the police, and hunting for his own
client and her past.
strives for a strong, compelling opening. Frederickson succeeded
in creating one. It's not only compelling, but provides images that
will stay with the reader for some time. However, a good opening
doesn't always guarantee a good book unless that level of involvement
is maintained. It is.
Frederickson has a wonderful sardonic voice
collector of all lint
" and wry humor. His protagonist,
Dek, has lost almost everything and even seems to be letting go,
in this book, of his one last self-delusion. I did appreciate learning
more about Dek's family history.
There is palpable tension and suspense along with intriguing and
unexpected twists that you don't see coming. Any holes one fears
there might be there have been plugged in advance. The ending is
a bit ambiguous for my taste and left me rather confused but not
to where it spoiled my enjoyment of book overall.
Hunting Sweetie Rose is the third book in the Elstrom series.
Although it may not be my favorite of the three, so far, I really
enjoy Frederickson's style and recommend him as an author well worth
reading. I do feel there are good things ahead.