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Nantucket Red Tickets
by Steven Axelrod
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Poisoned Pen, 2017 (2017)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Nantucket Red Tickets by Steven Axelrod is the fourth of his Henry Kennis mystery series. If possible, each of Axelrod's novels is just a wee bit better than the last. I really enjoyed this one as I did the preceding ones.

Nantucket Police Chief Henry Kennis is presented with a deeply buried dead body or I should be more precise and tell everyone that the body is a desiccated skeleton. Turns out that this was the skeleton of Ted Coddington with a bullet in his head from his partner Jackson Blum's Ruger. In keeping with the Christmas season, Blum is considered a true Scrooge by folk in Nantucket.

While Kennis is trying to discover how and why Coddington ended up in a premature grave, he is also aware of a possible fraud planned in the annual $5,000 Nantucket Red Ticket drawing. And when things couldn't get much worse, his son is accused of cheating in a class at school and his daughter has been pushed out of a high school a capella singing group. Kennis is also trying to come to grips with the fact that he and his lady are going to join families and move in together.

When Kennis thinks that absolutely nothing more could go wrong of course it does. There is an opioid epidemic!! Having two teenagers of his own, makes him even more determined to discover who the supplier could be.

However scandal, tragedies and intrigues cannot diminish the pleasure of being back on Nantucket again with another of Axelrod's novels. Nantucket must be a Christmas wonderland. I can't get there but it is almost as good to read about the decorations and preparations for the season.

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