#BookReview: Crow’s Landing (Virgil Cain Mystery Book 2) by Brad Smith

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Crow’s Landing (Virgil Cain Mystery Book 2)

by Brad Smith

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Genre: Mystery
Page Count: 419
Source: Amazon Purchase
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

 

Mystery genre fan, I bought, Crow’s Landing (Virgil Cain Mystery, Book 2), by Brad Smith, on Amazon, and read and reviewed the book voluntarily. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Red Means Run (Virgil Cain Mystery Book 1), has yet to make it onto my bookshelf, with this said, it did not matter when reading Book 2 in the series first, as it read well as a standalone.

Now, a bit about Brad Smith and Crow’s Landing below, then read on to see what I thought about this intriguing read.

Author Bio

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABrad Smith was born and raised in the railroad hamlet of Canfield, in southern Ontario. After high school, he worked for the signal department of the Canadian National Railway for three years, and then on a rail project in South Africa for a year. Upon returning from Africa, Smith worked all over the place – Alberta, British Columbia, Texas – at a variety of jobs. Farmer, signalman, insulator, truck driver, bartender, schoolteacher, maintenance mechanic, roofer, and so on. He became a carpenter and built custom homes in Canada. He still works as a carpenter when not writing. He now lives in a ninety-year-old farmhouse near the north shore of Lake Erie, where he writes, fishes, golfs and restores old cars. (Author Bio provided by Amazon)

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About the Book

JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES VIRGIL CAIN GETS TANGLED UP IN AN OLD CRIME SURFACING FROM THE WATERS OF THE HUDSON RIVER IN THIS SECOND NOVEL IN A SERIES FROM BRAD SMITH.

For Virgil Cain, a day of fishing on the Hudson River yields more than he bargained for when, while pulling up anchor, he hooks on to a mysterious steel cylinder.

As word of Virgil’s strange catch spreads around the local marina, it draws the attention of a crooked city cop, who seizes both the cylinder and Virgil’s boat. Soon, an old drug deal gone sour surfaces, and to get to the bottom of it—and to get his boat back—Virgil teams up with a captivating single mom, Dusty, who knows far too much about the cylinder and the pure cocaine it contains.

The landscape is soon cluttered with the dealer who claims ownership of the cylinder, his murderous sidekick, and a wild card in the form of a crazy Russian cowboy. Virgil and Dusty find themselves trapped in the middle and desperate for a way out… (Book blurb by Amazon)

BookCRITICO Book Review

Mystery and intrigue, Virgil Cain, hooks a mysterious cylinder while out fishing, and shortly after loses his boat and mystery find to a man in a dark blue SUV, claiming to be a cop. Virgil bought the sixty-year-old cedar strip for fifty dollars and lovingly restored the boat. Now it’s gone and he has no idea where the so-called cop took his boat. He heads into the city the next day, in search of his boat. With some interesting plot twists, Dusty enters the scene. Strong, assured and beautiful in a different way. Virgil and Dusty hook up, she appears to be linked to the cylinder in a way.

The reader is entertained by an assortment of characters, from Virgil an innocent, farmer, to a crooked cop, a beautiful ex-con and fearless drug dealers.

I really enjoyed reading Crow’s Landing, the mystery and intrigue kept me entertained throughout. The character of Virgil Cain was appealing. In my mind, I pictured him as the “Clint Eastwood” type. Hats off to Dusty who paid the price for being with the wrong crowd, but worked very hard as a single mom and ex-con to straighten out her life and provide best for her young son. Her strong, confident and daring but feminine character made her someone to admire. I particularly enjoyed the scene where she shot her ex-lover’s boat full of holes with a semi-automatic. I didn’t care much for the crooked cop and drug dealers, including the weird Russian, karma works in mysterious ways.

The only way to find out what happened to Virgil’s boat and the mysterious cylinder is to get yourself a copy of Crow’s Landing, by Brad Smith. If you favour mystery and suspense, I highly recommend Crow’s Landing. You will not be disappointed.

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TGIF! Have a wicked Bookish weekend!

Have an awesome weekend! Snuggling up with a fab book and caffeinated brew? What is on your reading list?

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BookCRITICO will report back with a review. In the meanwhile, why don’t you pop over to Goodreads and check it out, maybe it’s up your alley! You can also read more here about the author. If you are already familiar with Christina Bauer’s work, support her on Amazon

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Pop back soon to read the review!

Amazon Author Biography: Peter Rimmer

Peter Rimmer, was born in London, England, and grew up in the south of the city where he went to school. After the Second World War and at aged 18, Peter joined the Royal Air Force, reaching the rank of Pilot Officer before he was 19. A great achievement. Then at the end of his National Service and with the optimism of youth, he sailed for Africa to grow tobacco in what was then Rhodesia, and the odyssey of his life began.

The years went by and Peter found himself in Johannesburg founding an insurance brokering company. Over 2% of the companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange were clients of Rimmer Associates. He opened companies in the United States of America, Australia and Hong Kong and travelled extensively between the branches.

His passion has always been writing books which he started doing at a very early age, though running a business was a driving force too and is a common thread throughout his books. By the 1990’s he had written several novels about Africa and got the break when Cry of the Fish Eagle was first published by HarperCollins, Zimbabwe. It was a bestseller which was followed up with the release of Vultures in the Wind. Unfortunately, during this time, Zimbabwe was going through its struggles and the books did not get their just international recognition.

Peter Rimmer retired early in his business career and continues his love of writing living as a recluse in his beloved Africa. He continues to write his books in his study which overlooks some of Africa’s stunning and dramatic scenery. What more could anyone want to able to write books?

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The rebel and creative geek in me has taken a stance in 2018. Revamp, re-invent and refresh! This applies to my life as a whole. Part of this, my Blogs, which were revamped, cleaned-up and refreshed. New services added, old information removed and creatively jazzed up!

It is thus that I invite you to take a look and see if there are any services which can help you in your journey in becoming a professional, successful and published author. I personally fancy some of the designed book covers.