Nantucket Five-Spot

Steven Axelrod
Poisoned Pen Press (2015)
ISBN: 9781464203442
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (05/15)

Nantucket Island police chief Henry Kennis is handed a challenging mystery when terroristic threats are made during the busy summer season. Reporting it draws in The Department of Homeland Security. Included with this group is a former love interest of Henry’s. While the time was not right in the past, and they are really busy with this case in the present, they do manage to find some time for each other. Henry is really put in a tough spot when people that he knows appear to be suspects. The more he investigates, the more he discovers these people are being framed. The person leading the investigation at the federal level is not receptive to Henry’s help, nor is he happy to hear that Henry has doubts about his suspects.

As the case progresses, it becomes apparent that the guilty party is more than willing to take action on his threats in spite of others getting hurt. It also is very clear that the criminal is trying to get revenge for something that happened years ago. For some reason, it seems like now is the time for them to take action. Henry is determined to solve this case before the night of the Annual Boston Pops concert when the bomber could do the most damage to the tourists and the island. Time is running out and he has to act quickly.

"Nantucket Five-Spot" by Steven Axelrod is the second book in the Henry Kennis Mystery Series. It is the first book for me to read by this author. The book stands well on its own so I had no problems catching on to the characters and the setting. In addition to trying to figure out who was making the threats, I enjoyed reading about the colorful characters on the island, even if they weren’t all particularly likeable. I also liked the added complication of a romantic interest for the Chief. I think that this is the perfect book for someone to take on summer vacation or perhaps for someone who is snowed in during the wintertime!

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