Nantucket Grand

Steven Axelrod
Poisoned Pen Press (2016)
ISBN 9781464205552
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (4/17)

“Nantucket Grand” is the third mystery in the Henry Kennis mystery series by Steven Axelrod. In between poetry writing, Police Chief Henry Kennis fights crime on the wealthy resort island of Nantucket. While Nantucket Grand is the name of a mega yacht, much of the story takes place on the island. In this case, there are several heinous crimes being committed including murder, arson, underage pornography, incest, and forced drug overdoses. What more could one ask for in a small community?

Henry has a special mystery writing friend who insists that everything is connected. In time, she is proven correct, but in most of the cases the damage is irreparable, especially when murder is involved. As Henry delves deeper into his investigations, he is troubled to discover how high up the food chain the criminal masterminds are. It is truly disturbing to him, especially when it becomes clear that the worst offenders have no regard for anyone’s life but their own. As the case concludes and all the loose ends are tied up, Henry finds himself having to do more than just tread water to survive. Readers are sure to find themselves holding their breath during the grand finale!

I was happy to be able to take a trip back to Nantucket in “Nantucket Grand.” Even though this is the third book in the series, it stands well on its own, however new readers will be sure to want to read more in the Henry Kennis Mysteries! As with the other books in the series, the author Steven Axelrod does an excellent job of creating a mystery that is full of colorful characters. Even if they aren’t all likeable, they sure are entertaining! Plus, the plot will have readers guessing who did it up until the very end. I am going to keep my fingers crossed and hope that Axelrod has more adventures in store for this series. Just like the roads on the island, there are lots of twists and turns in his books.

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