Ready for some down home Southern country charm? The setting of Asheville NC seems almost like a character in the latest Blackman Agency mystery, Fatal Scores.
The Blackman Agency is composed of two private detectives, Sam and Nakayla, who also live together. When a young paper mill heir, Luke, is found dead. The Agency is hired to find the killer. Could it be local contractor and budding environmentalist, Ken? Ken did have a physical altercation with Luke a day before Luke’s death in front of dozens of witnesses. Or could it have been Luke’s own father, Ted?
The small town setting, atmosphere, and real historic facts brought this book to life for me. Who knew so many famous people could be born or visit such a small town?
While I loved the history, following the twists and turns of the PIs’ thoughts regarding who committed the crime was a challenge. Sam and Nakayla seemed to pick every possible person at some point. They would have a suspect in their sights and then they would suddenly run off after another shiny new suspect they saw on the horizon. Other than that, Fatal Scores was very satisfying. 3 stars.
Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.