The Fruitcake Murders by Ace Collins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: October 6th 2015 by Abingdon Press
ISBN 1426771894 (ISBN13: 9781426771897)
As Christmas 1946 draws near, thirty-something marine officer-turned-homicide detective Lane Walker has his hands full. Three men with seemingly no relationship to each other have been murdered, including the powerful District Attorney. The only connection between the crimes? The weapons: twenty-year-old unopened fruitcake tins manufactured by a company that is no longer in business.
Lane and Tiffany have a history that is not so pleasant. The bickering between these two when they are in the same room is quite amusing. Tiffany is a newspaper reporter and feels that Lane can't do any thinking on his own and if he does, he's usually wrong. Lane, a cop, feels Tiffany is just trying to get the scoop before he does so she can report it in her newspaper.
When three bodies turn up, all murdered the same way, Tiffany is determined to figure out what the connection is. Lane's old military friend, Brent, is undercover and gets caught up in the case. Brent seems to have a strong liking for Tiffany and as he makes his moves on her, Lane is left in the dark. Add to that Tiffany's determination to figure out who is behind the fake Santas, and you have yourself a lot of interesting story lines.
"As a society we have standards, and folks have to meet those standards to be accepted. Thankfully, God doesn't have standards that have to be met to be considered a part of His family." That was a great reminder!
For me, this story was a little hard for me to get all caught up in. I found myself easily able to put the book down, and then when I picked it back up again, a few of the details got lost on me, which is never good when you're reading a suspense. So, that could be my fault, maybe had I just kept reading, it would have picked up and kept my interest.
I will say, as the story unraveled, I did find myself having a hard time putting it down, but that was the last quarter of the book. While I won't say this was my favorite suspense, it certainly wasn't horrible. If you love the 40's time period, then you would love this suspense. It is filled with historical information and statements from that time period, which makes it quite interesting.
I was graciously provided a free digital copy of this book from Abingdon Press in partnership with NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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