Hawaiian Noir

Murder Calls

A new review of The Splintered Paddle in The Midwest Book Review.

Reviewer Jack Mason writes:

Synopsis: Private eye Ava Rome’s calling is to protect the defenseless. She takes on the cases of Jenny Mordan, a working girl who is being harassed by a police detective, and Cassie Sands, a teenager who is mixed up with a marijuana grower. Norman Traxler did ten years in San Quentin nurturing his hatred of Ava Rome, the young MP who took him down for assaulting a prostitute. When Traxler, the detective and the grower join forces against her, Ava’s calling, protecting the defenseless, becomes a fight for her life.

Critique: Set against the background of Waikiki, Hawaii, Mark Troy’s latest Ava Rome detective novel, “The Splintered Paddle”, is a solid entertainment from first page to last and again documents author Mark Troy’s impressive narrative skills as a mystery thriller novelist able to craft memorable characters and embed them into a deftly woven story of unexpected twists, turns, and surprises. Very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted that “The Splintered Paddle” is also available in a Kindle edition ($3.19).




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