Matt Royal is
an ex-trial lawyer from Orlando who retired to Longboat Key,
a small island off the coast of Florida. His girlfriend is
Jennifer Diane (J.D.) Duncan, the local and only detective
on the police department. She investigates the death of an
elderly WWII veteran, Ken Goodlow, and learns that he was
on the way to see Matt when he was murdered. When Matt’s
lifelong friend, Jock Algren, arrives for some rest, J.D.
asks for their help in solving the murder. Then she sees a
photo on a computer and recognizes her old college friend,
Katie Frederickson. Katie disappeared shortly after her husband
was murdered a year before and was presumed dead, but the
paper Katie’s holding in the photo shows the current
date. Where is Katie? They soon realize there’s a connection
between Katie’s disappearance and murdered vet.
Although this is the eighth release in the series, Found stood
on its own as a surprisingly good mystery with a delicious
touch of history. The information on the U-boat U166 made
this an extra-special treat for me, because I love history,
especially relating to World War II. The short chapters were
perfect and made the tense and exciting plot even more immediate
and realistic. The flashbacks to 1942, though using the fictionalized
character of Lieutenant Paulus Graf von Reicheldorf, incorporated
actual events and reveals how close the Germans came to U.S.
shores in their attempt to insert spies into the United States.
The aspects of this spy’s adventures added depth and
a touch of reality to an already thrilling story.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and the author’s
style so much that I plan to start reading the series from