Title: Hidden Treasures (A Pinx Video Mystery #2)
Author: Marshall Thornton
Publisher: Kenmore Books
Release Date: January 28th 2018
Genre(s): Murder / Mystery, Romance, Historical, 1990th
Page Count: 229
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
It’s about a dress. A valuable blue sequined dress worn by a famed actress in a film from the 1940s. For some reason everyone thinks video storeowner Noah Valentine has it. Which might not be a big deal except that it’s connected to the murder of a prominent Hollywood costumer.
In the second of the Pinx Video Mysteries, Noah attempts to solve the mystery of the dress. To do so, he must confront a legendary film icon Wilma Wanderly, hunky police Detective Javier O’Shea, the dowager Queen of Watts and a couple of bitter ex-friends.
A mysterious memorabilia collection, lies and videotape.
But it is not everything. Add three dead bodies, a good-looking gayby detective (I learned it is someone who’s just coming out), an absolutely fantastic sense of time ( the full presence of the 1990s) and a LOT of movies from that time that will awaken feelings of nostalgia.
Our old acquaintance from the first book Noah Valentine, an owner of a video store, is very surprised when his late lover’s sister suddenly invites him for lunch – we know from the first book that Jeffer’s family didn’t treat him well after Jeffer’s death. But Noah is a)a nice person (maybe they want to apologize?), and b)he is curious (why now and why him?).
The conversation with Judith makes everything more complicated. No, of course she is not going to apologize for anything, but comes straight to business: She believes that Noah is in possess of Jeffer’s valuable collection of memorabilia of which existence Noah actually has no clue. She offers him ten thousand dollars if he’ll find the lost collection, and Noah desperately needs money for his upgraded health insurance.
But it is not a COLLECTION, it is the dress. A blue dress. From a very old movie from the 1940s. But it looks like Noah is not the only one who wants to find it, and those other people are not nice like Noah, just the opposite. This case IS DANGEROUS, and…complicated. It is not THAT easy to find this hidden treasure. But Noah has a great team (his close neighbors, best neighbors ever!) and…surprise-surprise! Charming Detective O’Shea whom we also met in the first book and who has a great talent to appear at the right time at the right place.
This new series by Marshall Thornton is totally different from his Boystown series, though I’d say that Detective O’Shea reminds me a lot of Nick.
In spite of some serious topic – Noah is HIV positive and goes through a tough phase in his life right now – this book is full of life and hope.
It is a fine example of a cozy mystery, a sub-genre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously. It is a genre where the author feels most comfortable. The second book in the series, as well as the first one, is written with typical Marshall Thornton’s humor and gentle wisdom.
I’m enjoying this new series by the author, but I’m personally not a big fan of amateur detectives.
Nevertheless I’m curious what our hobby sleuth will investigate the next and how their relationship to a police force will develop. It is a lot yet to tell here.