Monday, February 20, 2017

Boston Attorney Brady Coyne Confronts a Multitude of Mysteries in the Woods of Northern Maine

The fifth novel featuring Boston attorney Brady Coyne opens when Brady gets a call from one of his very wealthy clients, a guy named Vern Wheeler. With his brother, Tiny, Wheeler owns an exclusive hunting lodge on Raven Lake in the remote woods of northern Main. Tiny Wheeler runs the place with a staff of guides and others. It's pretty rustic--no phones or TV, and as a practical matter, the only way in and out if by seaplane. The fishing there is excellent and so naturally, Brady, who is an avid fisherman, has occasionally been a guest at the lodge, particularly at the time when the salmon are biting like flies. In addition to being Vern's attorney, he's an old friend of Tiny, Tiny's wife, and the rest of the staff.

But now, Vern and Tiny have a problem. A group of Indians has offered to buy the resort and when the Wheelers refuse to sell, the Indians claim that there is a sacred burial ground on the property and that they will sue to force the Wheelers out. Vern sends Brady up to investigate, not that it's all that hard to get Brady out of the office for a week or so when there's fishing to be done.

Brady arrives at the lodge to discover that the Wheelers' problems are multiplying. A guest has vanished in the woods and no one can find him. The missing guest's brother is on his way up to the lodge to demand answers, and Tiny Wheeler is concerned about his liability in the event of a lawsuit. Then another guest is murdered and scalped and Brady and the Wheelers are up to their necks in trouble. Meanwhile, Brady's also got to contend with a couple of randy females and it's going to be a miracle if he finds any time to go fishing at all.

This is another solid, entertaining entry in the series that should appeal to readers who enjoy a fairly traditional mystery set in the great outdoors.

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