Hawaii, 1935. Mystery novelist Jake Donovan and actress Laura Wilson are in gorgeous sun-soaked Hawaii, but their best-laid plans for canoodling on the beach are interrupted by a summons from famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart. It seems a local businessman has been gunned down next to her plane. In just days, the famous pilot intends to fly from Honolulu to Los Angeles, making aviation history over the Pacific. But now, without Jake and Laura’s help, Earhart’s flight might never take off.
Trailing a killer, the newlyweds’ sleuthing leads to a jealous pilot, a cigar-chomping female officer of the “Royalist Militia,” and a notoriously disagreeable lieutenant colonel named Patton. With a sinister killer lurking in the shadows, it’s safe to say the honeymoon is over . . . and the danger has just begun.
What I Thought:
Not so long after discovering The Yankee Club, the first Jake and Laura mystery, I found out that there were a further two novels in the series. I was a bit lukewarm about The Yankee Club, but there was definitely something about the book that encouraged me to read more, and I was much fonder of All That Glitters (book 2) and Wings in the Dark.
The overall storyline in this book was excellent, with no huge clues as to the villain right up to the big showdown, and I felt that Jake and Laura were more developed in this novel than the other two. A big difference in this third book was that, although real-life figures appeared, they were more skillfully integrated into the plot than in the first book and they did not seem to be out of place, or turning up just to give a sense of the time.
Jake and Laura are a really engaging crime-fighting couple and I’m looking forward to the next installment.
If you like the look of Wings in the Dark, I am hosting an extract from the book as part of a blog tour on 20th July, so why not pop back then for a taster?
eCopy received from Netgalley.