Meanwhile, Sam's romance with glamorous TWA stewardess Amelia Ryan continues to blossom and deepen. She is now his secret fiancee. Amelia also eagerly helps Sam solve his cases when she's in town.
The key to unraveling the mystery seems to be a strange old Victorian-style house. Bolender's widow, a rich, seductive socialite named Maggie Bolender, was not even aware that her husband owned the house. What is really going on behind the doors of the mysterious house? Finding the answers will plunge Sam and Amelia into a dangerous world of political intrigue in the exciting sequel to "Last of the Seals".
It's 1958 ... Sam has left his baseball career behind and is moving forward as a private detective. He is hired by the widow of Arthur Bolender to figure out why Arthur went over the Golden Gate Bridge. Was it suicide or murder?
As Sam investigates, he discovers Arthur was involved in a possible plot to kill the Russian leader when he visits San Francisco. It was an interesting story with lots of intrigue given the time period with the cold war. It was such a different time than today ... everyone was suspicious of the Russians then.
Sam and Amelia are engaged but keeping it a secret except to family and friends so she can continue to work as a TWA stewardess (according to their rules, stewardesses must be under 30 and single). She helps him with the case when she's in town.
Throughout the book are pictures from that era which is a nice touch.
I found Amelia a tad immature and annoying at times. She's 25 and Sam is always telling her how much he loves her yet she "snarls" at him while demanding that he stay away from Maggie. Granted Maggie does put the moves on Sam but he rebuffed her and gave Amelia no reason to be jealous. Then Amelia snapped out of it immediately and is all loving.
I found the love scenes a bit odd. Amelia is a good Catholic girl in the 1950s and is saving herself for marriage yet things do get hot with Sam ... and then she'll suddenly bounce up and fix her hair and lipstick or make breakfast like nothing happened.
This is the second in the Sam Slater series (Last of the Seals was the first). You can read this as a stand alone ... there are lots of references to things that had happened in the first book so you aren't lost and wondering what's going on.
I participated in this virtual book tour and received a copy of this ebook at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Here are the other blog tour hosts:
- Monday, November 5 - Interview at Examiner
- Tuesday, November 6 - Guest blogging at Books Books the Magical Fruit
- Wednesday, November 7 - Book feature at Between the Covers (Deadly Plunge)
- Thursday, November 8 - Interview at Laurie’s Non-Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
- Friday, November 9 - Book review and huest blogging at My Reading Table (Deadly Plunge)
- Monday, November 12 - Book review at Teena in Toronto
- Tuesday, November 13 - Read-a-chapter at As the Pages Turn
- Wednesday, November 14 - Guest blogging at Night Owl Reviews
- Thursday, November 15 - Book trailer of the week at Pump Up Your Book
- Monday, November 19 - Interview at The Solitary Bookworm
- Tuesday, November 20 - Interview at Literarily Speaking
- Wednesday, November 21 - Book trailer reveal at Beyond the Books
- Friday, November 23 - Book trailer reveal at Rainy Day Reviews
- Monday, November 26 - Interview at Blogcritics
- Friday, November 30 - Book review at Bless Their Hearts Mom (Deadly Plunge)
- Monday, December 3 - Book review at Colletta’s Kitchen Sink (Last of the Seals)
- Tuesday, December 4 - Guest blogging at The Story Behind the Book
- Wednesday, December 5 - Book review at Celtic Lady’s Reviews (Deadly Plunge)
- Thursday, December 6 - Book review at Mary’s Cup of Tea (Deadly Plunge)
- Friday, December 7 - Interview at Broowaha
- Monday, December 10 - Book review and interview at Jersey Girl Book Reviews (Deadly Plunge)
- Tuesday, December 11 - Character letter to Santa Claus at Literarily Speaking
- Wednesday, December 12 - Book review at All Grown Up (Deadly Plunge)
- Thursday, December 13 - Book review at The Self-Taught Cook (Deadly Plunge)
- Friday, December 14 - Book review and interview at From the TBR Pile (Deadly Plunge)
- Wednesday, January 2 - Book review at The Book Connection (Last of the Seals)
- Thursday, January 3 - Book review at Kaisy Daisy’s Corner (Last of the Seals)
- Friday, January 4 - Book review at Colletta’s Kitchen Sink (Deadly Plunge)
- Tuesday, January 8 - Book review at Kaisy Daisy’s Corner (Deadly Plunge)
- Wednesday, January 9 - Book review at Rainy Day Reviews (Deadly Plunge)
- Thursday, January 10 - Book review at Sarah Ballance (Deadly Plunge)
- Friday, January 11 - Interview at American Chronicle