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Nantucket Grand: A Henry Kennis Mystery    by Steven Axelrod Amazon.com order for
Nantucket Grand
by Steven Axelrod
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Poisoned Pen, 2016 (2016)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

I've never been to Nantucket. Always wanted to go but just never managed to get there. But I just finished Nantucket Grand by Steven Axelrod and feel as though I have finally reached that lovely island off the coast of Massachusetts.

It's a chilly spring when a hunting accident kills a Land Bank executive, a historic summer cottage burns to the ground in an arson fire, and a young girl slips into a coma after a drug overdose. Was the hunting death truly an accident? Who would burn down a historic cottage? Who was selling the drug that put the young girl into such danger?

Summer brings more heartache to a small fishing village when a young Jamaican boy is found dead. Then a sex-for-drugs pornography ring comes to light. Soon a local hero is murdered, while the town fills with summer tourists!

We are introduced for the third time to poetry writing Police Chief Henry Kennis. He fears all of these events might be connected, but isn't convinced. Cozy mystery writer Jane Stiles proclaims that in one of her popular books, conspiracy would connect all of these happenings.

The conclusion takes place on a 150 foot luxury yacht with a heartbroken father, a ruthless, self-absorbed billionaire, a woman who may never be the same, as well as a killer with no conscience, and the Chief in dire circumstances.

Nantucket Grand has a well-thought out plot with just the right characters to carry it. There is a bonus in the poetry, written by the author. Mr. Axelrod, thanks for giving me such a good tour of Nantucket.

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