Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Palm Beach Nasty by Tom Turner

Charlie Crawford was a top-notch detective in New York City.  He brought down several famous killers, including a serial killer and the newspapers loved him.  But he burned out and has moved to Palm Beach where crime is not so brutal.  His partner, Ott, is another career detective who has moved down from Cleveland.  They enjoy their easier jobs and the great weather but do miss a good murder now and then.

That is quickly changed when they find themselves facing two murders.  One is a young man who is found hanged in the park.  The other is a woman in her forties who works at the most prestigious country club in town.  Could the two murders be connected?

There are also two possible suspects.  One is a billionaire who enjoys using his money to control everyone around him while he does whatever he wants.  The other is a con man who uses his charms and good lucks to get what he wants from those he meets.  Which of them is responsible?

Tom Turner has written an engaging mystery that will keep readers turning the pages.  Readers get a look into the lifestyles of the rich and famous and how crime works when those involved have millions to protect or lose.  Crawford is interesting without being overly quirky.  The crimes are believable and the partners work well together.  Palm Beach Nasty is a debut novel in the series with two others already written.  This book is recommended for mystery readers.

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