Pub Date 20 Sep 2017
A "fast-paced, twist-and-turn sleigh ride of story-telling, meticulously plotted and beautifully written."
Hard-boiled detective and former muck-raking journalist Max Blake’s discovery of a long-dreaded postcard from Ireland, tucked into his mailbox one morning, is the catalyst that touches off a cross-continent search for his fiancée’s favorite uncle. The Rev. Sean “Jack” O’Lennox, the archbishop of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Armagh, Northern Ireland, is missing, and the postcard – a pre-arranged signal – is his apparent cry for help.
Max is prepared to do everything in his considerable power to help Caeli Brown, his longtime partner in the Blake & Brown Detective Agency and soon-to-be wife. But she slips off to Ireland without him, and he is left with a double quandary: finding Caeli, and then determining the fate of the archbishop, a complicated man who believes that British-held Ulster should be returned to the Irish Republic by any means necessary.
EMERALD RIDGE is a thrill-a-minute sleigh-ride that features unforgettable characters, sleight-of-hand twists and turns providing surprise after revelation after bombshell. Toss in a love story and you have what it takes for a riveting Max Blake Mystery.
“The books in the Max Blake Mystery series are as much about the crumbling world of newspapers, and the precarious state of higher education in America, as they are about the murders and events that the novels’ protagonists work so hard to solve in each new adventure. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more likable pair of detectives, as quirky and off-beat as they are effective at what they do to bring killers to justice.” –ELF Reviews
“Max Blake is back, and I have awaited his return with trembling anticipation. There could be no better news for those of us who love nothing better than a fast-paced, surprise-at-every-turn mystery. Author William Florence keeps the pace fast with unexpected twists at every turn. He’s also shaped the books around a character who’s as honorable as he is hardy, as courageous as he is colorful.” – Mike Connell, Co-founder, Abby Row LLC, Freelance writer/novelist
“This is the fifth in a series of Max Blake stories, and in my opinion is the best so far. There’s a level of detail that makes you want to look at a map to see where the locales described in the book really are, but they’re not so overly detailed as to be boring. This book can be picked up and read without reading the previous four, a bonus. Too often, authors repeat themselves as they move from book to book in an attempt to give the reader a sense of continuity. That does not occur with this book; there are brief mentions of previous episodes, but not page after page of re-hashing the background. The end came much too quickly for me, but the Post Script does an excellent job of wrapping everything together.” – Norm Jackson
“Florence has upped his craft once again. Definitely Five Stars, with some of the regular characters and some new ones as he weaves a tantalizing mystery that keeps you enthralled to the very end. I strongly recommend to any reader who loves mystery writing in it highest form.” – Dr. Marvin W. Jones, Ph.D
“Once again William Florence has written an amazing story. As with his previous books, this is another gripping tale. I had difficulty putting down my tablet while reading. It led to several late nights and loss of sleep. Bravo, Mr. Florence. Good stuff, indeed.” – reader Brad Bakke
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