Saturday, January 21, 2017

**Review** Westobou Gold by Hawk MacKinney

Westobou Gold (Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series book 2)

(Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series book 2)

The Indian Queen would risk torture and worse to keep her secrets from these barbarians in suits of metal and their search for cities of gold. They never found the gold. Empires rose; empires fell, the centuries passed. Legend became fireside myths, but no treasure was ever found. Yet, among the grey-green drapes of wisteria and wild jasmine along the misty shrouded lowlands of bayous and marshes of the Westo River, the folktales persisted. In the lazed creep of a near-tropical dawn lit the pungent Turkish coffee permeated Moccasin Hollow. Beyond the kitchen door Lucky, Craige Ingram’s German shepherd gnawed a favorite bone. Looted burial mounds seemed a world away until plundered mounds on Moccasin Hollow land brings amateur archaeologist PI Craige Ingram into the cross-hairs of kidnapping. Stealthy hideaways are concealed in old colonial brick-lined river grottoes beneath the big house of Ardochy plantation. Sex-tape underage blackmail and thrill killings on federal land spur a medical examiner’s preliminary postmortem to more than a hired cleaner’s quickie cover-up passed off as drug deals gone sour. Greed tangles a witch’s pigswill of illicit affairs and murder-to-hide-murder. Shady investigators and shadier politics stir an unexpected concoction that threatens the lives of those at Moccasin Hollow in a spiteful plot against ex-SEAL Craige Ingram and the woman he loves.

For such a fun, adventurous, thrilling book that is topped with suspense, this cover did not do it justice. I don't care for this cover at all. This book starts off with a backstory that really is important to understanding the story. From the Queen to the murders to the lies...this story does not slow down. It was well-written and entertaining and sucks you in from the backstory to the last page. The blackmail and the greed will make you mad but the outcome leaves you feeling refreshed and waiting for the next installment. I enjoyed this read and recommend it to others.

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