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“Reluctant Dective” by Finley Martin


One of my favorite high school teachers, Finley Martin, wrote a detective novel, so of course I read it as soon as possible. Although I read the story a when it came out a couple of years ago, I only now noticed that I did not publish the review I drafted at the time.

Wilhelmina Anne Brown lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island with her 14-year-old daughter and works as an office manager for her uncle, Bill Darby. Just as she is settling back into island life, yes it did take her six years, Bill dies leaving her his Private Investigation Business and a small amount of cash. The story follows her struggle to protect her daughter while serving her new clients.

I loved reading a book set where I live. It is so much fun watching Wilhelmina dash around familiar terrain. I found the pacing of the book was good. The short chapters really made me feel like I was racing through the adventure. Wihelmina is a strong character but with enough flaws to make her lovable and the story engaging. The back story of each character really allows readers to delve into them to understand where they are coming from. I especially enjoyed the conflict between mother and daughter as I have a teenage daughter. Martin gets the complexity and angst of the relationship just right.


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