Edgar Allan "Poe" Rutherford is having a bad month. He lost his job in the lousy economy, caught his girlfriend cheating on him, and his 12-hour flight to Maui to visit his best friend, Foxx, was plagued by rotten weather, lousy food, false terrorist attacks, screaming babies, and a snoring man in front of him who insisted on keeping his seat reclined the entire length of the flight. But things quickly go from bad to worse when he finally starts what was supposed to be a much-deserved vacation.
Foxx's girlfriend, Lauren, a world-renowned artist, is brutally murdered at a crowded art show, and all the evidence points to Foxx as the guilty party. Everyone on the island thinks he did it, including the sexy police detective whose toes Poe stepped on, literally, at the art show. It's up to Poe to prove his friend's innocence, or Foxx is likely to spend the rest of his days behind bars. The possible suspects? An eccentric bunch to say the least, including a famous painter who thinks he's the reincarnation of a long-dead pharaoh and a sculptor who's living in a tree house because his third wife took everything in their divorce settlement. Can Poe discover the identity of the real killer? And, more importantly, will he ever convince the beautiful detective to forgive him for stepping on her toes?
©2012 Robert W Stephens (P)2012 Robert W Stephens
Poe starts out as a really, nice likeable character; in spite of the somewhat weak plot I felt invested in him. By the end, however, both he and his friend Fox come off more as overgrown frat boys. There are a couple of explicit sex scenes that I could've lived without, as well as an increase in the violence near the end. The suspects were largely a silly lot, but accepting that they were intended as caricatures, that wasn't all that much of a problem; the toughest part to get past was that the detective was willing to put her job in jeopardy in letting a complete stranger, whom she fell for almost right away, nose around in (interfere with) the murder investigation. Despite all that, I'd be interested in reading the sequel the author says he's considering ... but a word of advice: Poe's loaded - have him fly up front next time!
Audio narration fit the character very well.
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