Title: A Deadly Kind of Love (Deadly Mystery #6)
Author: Victor J. Banis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Page Count: 220
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Nothing bad is supposed to happen in Palm Springs. At least that’s what San Francisco private detective Tom Danzel and his partner Stanley Korski believe. But when their friend Chris finds a dead body in his hotel room bed, Tom and Stanley drive out to help the local police investigate. What they discover is a gangster’s plot, a rather nasty green snake, and an elegant hotel that offers delicacies not usually found on a room service menu. The two detectives are going to have to rely on their skills and each other if they’re going to survive this very deadly kind of
The story dives into mystery right of the bat. It’s a peculiar writing style, somewhat sparse but very up to the point. For me, it was reminiscent of old detective films with its no nonsense style. I’d definitely suggest reading previous books to get handle on characters. The narrative is dry, functional and sometimes even bleak.
Tom and Stanley travel to exclusive inn to visit a friend who found himself in the middle of murder investigation. The inn, while glittering and luxurious is in truth nothing more than a front for the oldest business in the world. It caters to powerful and wealthy men, so Tom and Stanley are forced to navigate maze filled with old secrets and ruthless men prepared for anything to protect those secrets. The investigation moves at slow and haphazard pace, centering more on people and circumstances which brought them where they are. It’s very character driven story. It’s fantastical in a way and works in what is very insular setting.
The romance is in the background and mostly overshadowed with mystery. Like I said, it reminded me of older detective stories, bare bones with flawed characters in their corner of the world. I like my stories with a little more frills, so to speak. This one turned to be too sharp for my taste.