Baby Shark’s Beaumont Blues by Robert Fate – review

baby shark beaumont blues robert fateWhile not breaking any barriers of originality its fast pace, action packed sequences and ultimately likable characters come together to form a well told and enjoyable tale. When young Kristin Van Dijk and her irascible good ol’ boy partner Otis take on the case of a missing heiress to an oil fortune little do they know that the lies, double crosses and bodies are going to start to stack up.

Our missing heiress, Sherry Beasley, is days away from her 18th birthday. On that day her fathers will is to be read. There are people that stand to gain if she does show up to collect her inheritance and those who stand to gain if she were to disappear for good. It would seem that the only people that have treated her decently over the years are Kristin and Otis. Each time that she has run away or disappeared in the past they have been the ones to bring her back.

Baby Shark’s Beaumont Blues is the second book to feature the characters of Kristin and Otis. Kristin has had a rough time in life but has a new found sense of purpose after Otis has gotten her a PI license, a gun permit and made her equal partner in the firm. After the trauma she’s been through, which is summarized and alluded to throughout the book, it’s nice to see her start to heal, even if it is through busting heads with a single minded fierceness. Kristin also starts to show some well needed signs of life as she heals and becomes less introverted and more extroverted as she meets a man who treats her right and doesn’t immediately put her on guard.

Otis is Otis and will always be Otis. He is in many cases the uber male for Kristin. He is at various times teacher, friend, protector, father figure, older brother and friend. To us he is always ornery and cantankerous.

This book and these characters are a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing what the further adventures of these characters will bring as I’m sure that the result will always be fun and exciting.

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Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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About Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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