Langdon is muddling his way through the pandemic like everybody else. Business restrictions have dealt a blow to his mystery bookstore, and nobody leaves the house anymore to get into trouble and create a need for a PI. At the same time, his marriage is stronger than ever, and he’s had a chance to catch up on things around the house.
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Then it all changes. The bookstore opens back up, and he gets hired to find a missing woman, find proof of sexual harassment against another local business owner, and track down a kidnapped boy before he is executed by a madman in a desperate bid to force the state to ease masking restrictions.
“Somebody stole my wife,” the man said.
Did Annika Morin leave her husband… or was she taken?
I was sexually harass’ by my boss and then fire’ when I refused his advances.” Raven’s dark eyes flashed a promise of anger and vengeance.
Local brew pub owner Rick Strong is accused of sexual harassment, which seems likely, but is he guilty of much more? Or is it entirely fabricated?
“Where is my boy?” Jill asked, her words anguished.
And then the boy is abducted, and the kidnapper attempts to hold the entire state hostage. If the governor refuses their demands, the kidnapper promises to execute the child on Halloween.
With the help of his wife, Chabal, and his friends Bart the bad-tempered cop, 4 by Four the playboy lawyer, Richam and Jewell, and Star, his bookstore employee, Langdon is in a race against time to find the missing wife, obtain proof against an unlikeable business owner, and track down a kidnapped boy before it is too late…
Matt Cost’s Mainely Angst brings back so many of the characters that wonderfully populate the home town of protagonist Goff Langdon. And Langdon finds a way to put them all to work – while solving crimes that reflect contemporary times, attitudes and conflicts. Pleasure to read.
There’s nothing better than a great fiction read that gets you so caught up in the mystery you forget the day you are living in! As a True crime writer myself, it’s always most impressive to see a mystery fiction writer get the details done correctly! Don’t miss this book! Alan R. Warren Best-Selling True Crime Author House of Mystery Radio Show on NBC
Langdon owns a mystery book store, but the pandemic is in full swing and the Governor has issued mandates and lockdowns making Langdon a homebody working around the house and getting closer to his wife. Besides, his PI business has also shut down since people are staying in their own homes. But then everything is opened again, but there are still mandates for masks from the governor. As Langdon’s book store opens, so does his PI business. He first gets a husband who is certain his wife was kidnapped and wants Langdon to find her. But there was something that just didn’t sit right with Langdon even though he agreed to check the case out. Maybe she just ran away! Then there is the woman who comes to him to investigate and find proof that her former boss (who fired her) not only sexually harassed her but he did it to other women. And to top it all of, a 4 year old boy is kidnapped and and the group who kidnapped him said they would kill the boy if the governor didn’t lift the mask mandate. Hit with these three cases at once is a burden to try and solve but our hero, Langdon, his wife and his friends go about helping him solve the 3 very twisted cases. Can they even be related? Will Langdon and crew be able to solve these mysteries? Will they be able to save the little 4 year old in time? There is a little too much when we get to read Langdon’s relationship with his wife, it sort of takes away from the main story line. There is also a political slant to the story. But the author writes well and everything flowed. I received an ARC of this book but the opinions stated here are strictly my own.
The question of masking has been a problem since the first wave of the Pandemic has eased. But one man in Maine has threatened to kill a 4 year old boy he has abducted if masking requirements are not eased. Then there’s the problem of a missing wife. Was she also kidnapped? And the woman who claims sexual harassment from a shady employer. So many problems and so little time to resolve them all. An enjoyable book and wonderful characters. I received an ARC for free and this is my honest review. Highly Recommended.
I found the book to be a bit choppy, jumping rapidly between characters. I did not feel it necessary to have the main character constantly having sex with his wife. Did not add to the story at all. I also felt the book was politically one-sided. People that believe in the vaccine and masking are the good guys and those that don’t are the bad guys. I don’t believe either group is bad. Everyone has the right to choose and should not be forced or demonized. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
The novel occurs in Brunswick, Maine at the height of the Covid 19 pandemic (The Angst) when private investigators, Goff Langdon and his wife, are hired to find a kidnapped four-year-old boy. The kidnapper sends a video to a TV station and threatens to kill the boy by midnight on Halloween if the governor of Maine doesn’t lift restrictions on businesses and masking. Langdon has eight days to solve the mystery. This book has a great list of characters, and the plot is well developed up to the surprising and thrilling ending.
A fun mystery but not compelling. A good one to read when you know you cant finish in one sitting. Good characters to love and love to hate. A few twists to keep you on your toes. Worth the read. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.