John Morgan deftly shifts tones in his electric reading of Sandy Frances Duncan and George Szanto's engrossing second volume of their Island Investigations International series, effortlessly switching from the thick accent of a grieving Greek mother to the whip-smart banter between the amateur sleuths Kyra Rachel and Noel Franklin, who attempt to wade through the shroud of fog surrounding the death of Sandro Vasiliadis: Did he die of a heroin overdose, or did his connection to a medical clinic specializing in transgender operations play a role in his demise?
John Morgan's superb performance will keep the listener compelled as this gripping mystery unfolds.
Sandro Vasiliadis, a nurse at the Whidbey Island General Hospital, has died of an apparent heroin overdose. When his grieving mother bends over to kiss her son's corpse at the viewing, she shrieks, "That's not Sandro!" Convinced that her son must still be alive, Maria Vasiliadis hires Kyra Rachel and Noel Franklin to solve the mystery. With questions of foul play continuing to swirl around the death, the detectives' inquiries lead them deeper into Sandro's life and eventually to a medical clinic that specializes in transgendering.
The second in the Islands Investigations International Mystery series, Always Kiss the Corpse takes Kyra and Noel's investigation from the rush of Seattle to the seeming peace of the San Juan Islands in this thrilling pause-resistor. It's only once the detectives come to understand Sandro in life that they unlock the secret to his death.