BOOK REVIEW: LOCATION LOCATION
Margot O'Banion and Max Skull are back for their sixth mystery in Location Location.
This time out, the film editor and director are off to Panama for their first foray into the independent film market.
Author Sloane has filled the book with a cast of most unusual characters, making it very believable when things begin to go wrong. In fact, with this flamboyant crew, it would be hard to believe if things didn't go seriously wrong! Unbeknown to Margot and Max, their star has hired as his spiritual guide a former actress, Lydia Norris. While Peters comes off as somewhat of a flake, it's clear from the beginning that Norris is serious trouble. She has a professional reason to be angry with Margot and Max and she makes sure they remember. The seed money for the film seems to disappear, while a motley group of improbable “investors” show up wanting in on the film.
While many readers will like the odd cast of characters, I found them a bit over the top and somewhat tiresome. I felt they overshadowed the beauty of the setting. While I prefer a book with more of a “puzzle,” Location Location was an entertaining read.
The book would appeal to readers interested in film making or mysteries set in exotic locales. It would also be for readers who like books with “characters” in the true sense of the word. Readers need not have read any of the previous books in the series to enjoy Location Location.
REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR
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