A couple of nights ago, I walked outside and was stunned to see the sky filled with strange, streaking objects. At first, I thought the aliens had finally arrived. Turns out someone was launching paper lanterns. The wait for the alien invasion continues . . .
Leonard Townsend, the private detective, is happily planning a trip to Mexico on his newly purchased sailboat when a young woman named Ellie shows up. She is a honeymooner and she explains that her new husband has just disappeared. She wants Len to find her husband for her. Len reluctantly agrees to help. So Ellie tells Len about her brief romance, her hasty marriage and answers all his questions. The more Len hears, the more he wishes he had already left on his sailboat adventure because this case looks unpleasant. But there was a whole lot more to come....
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Pamela Troutman's Disappearing Honeymooner (Outskirts Press, 2015) is a mystery that might be just a little too realistic for its own good. By that I mean that there is an awful lot of driving and stopping for lunch. The lack of action makes this a slow read, which is a shame, because Pamela Troutman is genuinely funny. Perhaps her next book will include a few more thrills to keep the pages turning.
I received a complimentary copy of Disappearing Honeymooner to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. For full disclosure, see the sidebar.