Never Hug a Mugger on Quadra Island
Review: Noel Franklin and Kyra Rachel, partners in the Triple I — Islands Investigations International — have been called by Noel's old friend and grade school classmate, Jason Cooper, to Quadra Island in Canada's Pacific Northwest to investigate the brutal beating given to Jason's eldest son in Never Hug a Mugger on Quadra Island, the third mystery in this series by Sandy Frances Duncan and George Szanto.
Derek Cooper has remained in the hospital in a coma for nearly three weeks. He is said, by all who knew him, to be a decent, honest and respectable young man. But clearly someone thought otherwise. When a few days later Timmy, the Cooper's youngest son, is assaulted by a man using two golf clubs, Noel and Kyra's investigation becomes more intense. But that does not stop the attacks on the family. While Kyra is driving the Cooper's third son, Shane, to an appointment, her car is hit from behind by a truck and forced off the road into a culvert, injuring Kyra and Shane. Shane, an Olympic skating star, suffers a broken leg in two places, a devastating blow to his career. As Noel and Kyra probe deeper they discover that all is not what it seems on the surface. Timmy may have been involved in dealing drugs, and Shane's wealthy patron — or his handlers — may be involved in his "accident". But to what end? And why was Derek attacked? These are just a few of the questions that must be answered by Noel and Kyra if there are to have a chance to find the aggressor.
The mystery storyline in Never Hug a Mugger on Quadra Island is really quite compelling, capturing the reader's imagination early. Of note also are the dynamics depicted of the Cooper family. Not your typical family, to be sure, yet they share the traits of many families regardless of composition: squabbling, disagreements, but everlasting love and affection. What ties it all together, however, are the delightful sleuthing partners Noel Franklin and Kyra Rachel, who bring their own individual talents and strengths to their investigation yet work seamlessly as a team to solve their cases.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Never Hug a Mugger on Quadra Island.
Acknowledgment: TouchWood Editions provided an ARC of Never Hug a Mugger on Quadra Island for this review.
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TouchWood Editions (Hardcover), October 2010
ISBN-13: 9781926741055; ISBN-10: 1926741056
Location(s) referenced in Never Hug a Mugger on Quadra Island: Vancouver, British Columbia
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Never Hug a Mugger on Quadra Island by Sandy Frances Duncan and George Szanto — An Islands Investigations International Mystery
Publisher: TouchWood Editions
Publication Date: September 2011
List Price: $26.95