AIR DANCE IGUANA (Amateur Sleuth-Florida Keys-Cont) – Ok
Tom – 5th in series
St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2005- Paperback
Florida Keys resident Alex Rutledge is a photographer and, lately, a police photographer. There hasn’t been a hanging on the Keys in thirty years and, suddenly, there are two and maybe three. The odd thing is that Alex, rather than a policeman, was the only one at all three crime scenes and he’s having a hard time convincing the police the three crimes are not suicide and are related. His problems increase when his older brother, who looks almost like Alex but has a less than clean record, comes to town and becomes a suspect.
I enjoyed the setting of the Florida Keys and, to me, it was one of the most interesting parts of the book. The plot was improbable that, even with so many jurisdictions, the police work could be that sloppy and that Alex could come up with information and connections the police couldn’t. But that’s my problem with most stories whose protagonists are amateur sleuths. Still, I enjoyed the characters, the dialogue and the setting. It wasn’t a great book, but it was an okay read.