Night at Key West, Simon Wolfe Mystery

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Private Investigator Simon Wolfe is just starting as a P.I. He’s a serious wannabe novelist that has to earn a living somehow. The time is four years after prohibition ends. The place is Key West of course.

Night at Key West is a Film Noir that hasn’t made it to the big screen yet. I can not think of another way to describe the atmosphere of Night at Key West. That’s how I felt as I read and listened to it.

Night at Key West, A Simon Wolfe mystery is also true. I love true crime. Simon is hired to find out what a friends wife is up to. In the process, he becomes friends with Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway is quite a character which comes through clearly in this book/audible.

I enjoyed the audible more. That’s where the Film Noir feel shines. It’s a 5-star book too, but the audible was terrific. This book and audible is a refreshing experience for me. Completely different. You must pay attention because the story has so many twists to it. At the same time, it’s so much fun taking a step back in time.

Missing Pieces by Susan Clayton-Goldner

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Lillianna Ferguson, the main character, has built her life the way she wants it to be. Completely separated from the life of the girl she once was, Emma Miller. Lillianna and her second husband, Steve, are happily married on a ranch in Oregon.

This is the story of 3 generations of the Miller family. Calvin Lee Miller is Lillianna’s dad. Greg, Lillianna’s brother, takes care of their elderly father. Now, because of a medical condition, Calvin may die sooner rather than later. Lillianna gets the call. Greg needs a break. Time to return to reality. A dreaded reality. A life Lillianna left behind. The life when her name was Emma Miller.

Lillianna sits in a hospital with a man she doesn’t know. To pass the time Calvin winds up telling Lillianna his life story. Slowly Lillianna understands so much she never knew. Her dad, Calvin, told what his life was like growing up. Explaining the good and bad openly.

This book is written in the present with flashbacks. The flow of this book is so smooth. The chapters define the time period. The characters are well defined. Through Calvin’s story telling the reader takes a journey through time also. The way things were when Calvin was very young. It’s a remarkable story.

Lillianna went to her dads bedside an unsure scared person. She returned home to her husband in Oregon weeks later a complete, happy, well-adjusted adult having faced her past.