Never Hug a Mugger on Quadra Island by Sandy Frances Duncan

Never Hug a Mugger on Quadra Island

bySandy Frances Duncan, George Szanto

Kobo ebook | September 15, 2011

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The Islands Investigations International team is back! This time, Kyra Rachel and Noel Franklin are sleuthing around Quadra Island in the employ of Noel’s old high school buddy, Jason Cooper. In a quiet wooded area of the island, Jason, his wife and two younger boys are worried for the oldest son in the family. Derek was discovered badly beaten in the woods by Campbell River and has remained in a deep coma for three weeks. Desperate to find out what happened to his son and why, Jason hires Noel and Kyra.

As the two get to know the sleepy island community, they’re surprised to discover that Derek may have been in on a drug deal—but why? Others in the community describe him as a decent young man with a good head on his shoulders—what could have possibly pushed him to deal in drugs? Kyra and Noel aren’t even certain the drug deal is connected to the attack, so who would want to hurt this young man and why? Kyra and Noel are determined to find out what circumstances could have drawn this happy family into such dark territory.

Title:Never Hug a Mugger on Quadra IslandFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:TouchWood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1926971507

ISBN - 13:9781926971506

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from III Nails a Perfect Quad Islands International Investigations (III), set in the glorious scenery of Puget Sound and parts north, has a new case. Kyra Rachel and her partner Noel Franklin have journeyed to magical Quadra Island at the far end of the Salish Sea to find out why the son of Noel’s old friend has been viciously attacked. Derek Cooper has been left in a deep coma after being found battered at the end of a dead-end road. Who would want to harm the hard-working young man? Noel, the more cerebral of the pair, finds himself bonded to this family, not only by his old friendship, but by the three young brothers. Little Tim is eager to help with the investigation, but the third son, Sean, an internationally known skater with a rising career, seems more aloof and troubled. With the Olympics around the corner, could someone want to sabotage the star’s success? His wealthy patron, living in a mansion nearby, has brought along an exotic girlfriend Shu-li, herself a former skater. Then there’s the elusive coach who’s in the area. Everyone has a stake in the talented Sean. Can he recover mentally from the fall that stopped his star in mid-ascent? With their earlier investigations located in the fascinating island-enclaves of the border area in Gabriola and then Whidbey, the pair proceed in their usual methodical fashion, questioning anyone with an interest, batting mental volleyballs back and forth as they share their abilities. The sweet pastoral idylls of Quadra are a welcome escape from normal city life. Once off the ferry from the nearby fishing and logging town of Campbell River with its rough edges, life enters a different time zone, laid back and simple. But modern vipers like drugs nest there as well. A medical marijuana operation could be a front for something much more dangerous. Kyra has her own ongoing and uncomfortable secret, burgeoning from a relationship that ended in the last book. Should she or shouldn’t she? Perhaps nature should take its course. And yet neither she nor Noel is safe on this deceptively placid island. More than one person has secrets which date back years. With the power of a heartfelt promise, things are seldom what they seem. In addition to a fast-paced plot, Duncan and Szanto introduce fascinating information about the machinations of the figure-skating world, one of Canada’s rightful passions. Here’s nubile but fading Shu-li talking about the knife-edge but vulnerable skills of her own protégé: “Miranda at thirteen had shown such promise – grace, strength, stamina. Last year something in her shifted, more attitudinal than physical but visible to anyone who’d watched her before. Her glides were looking labored, her axels ended as they should but it looked like the girl was working hard.” And readers will enjoy the chance to visit yet another of the chimeric islands which dot the area like green jewels, linked together by the lifeline of the romantic ferries. Even regulars on these iconic boats find themselves dreaming as they watch the land recede and appear amid cries of seabirds, moaning fog horns, and laughter of children. A fair-play puzzle and a cast of nuanced characters make this book another sterling addition to a successful series. Luckily the entertaining pair have many more islands ahead in this creative repertoire.
Date published: 2011-08-23