Detective Andy Blake’s life couldn’t have been better. Her love life with Grant Stacey is on track, and she is happy in her new job with the Ontario Provincial Police. But her tranquil life on beautiful St. Joseph Island is interrupted with a simple request to take over the investigation of a two year old poisoning death.
The routine case turns complicated when curiously similar unsolved deaths are discovered over a period of several years, and cyanide is a common thread. Adding to the turmoil is Dan Graves, a renaissance man if there ever was one, and a contender for Andy’s affections. She finds herself pulled in all directions before coming to grips with the A Scent of Almond.
Multi-published author, Richard W. Barnes brings out another delightful Detective Andrea Blake murder mystery. While working to solve a number of unusual deaths by poison, she suspects her boyfriend, Grant Stacy, the man she thought she knew, of flying illegally across International borders. Her love life becomes more complicated when she is courted by a stranger to the area, millionaire Dan Graves. It emotionally jumbles her analytical deduction of following the thread of mysterious deaths to the real cyanide killer. Headquarters is pushing for a solution.
A Scent of Almond is a complex, spine-chilling read. I highly recommend it.
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Richard Whitten Barnes is a native Chicagoan, graduating as a chemist from Michigan State University. He is now retired from a career in international chemical sales and marketing, which has taken him all over the world. Barnes is a veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and an avid sailor. He lives in Lake Wylie, S.C., but spends summers with his wife Marg and dog Sparty at their cottage on St. Joseph Island, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Huron.