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Monday, May 23, 2011

Two to Tango, by Peter Guttridge


Two to Tango
By Peter Guttridge
1998


I wouldn't call Two to Tango a traditional mystery but here are my thoughts nonetheless. There are apparently six of Guttridge's Nick Madrid series now in print and his web site indicates that he is working on a seventh. This is the first one I've read. It doesn't really resemble Simon Brett's Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter, which I recently reviewed in these pages, except for the fact that Guttridge, like Brett, seems always to be going for the big laughs.

This episode of Madrid's adventures finds him in the Amazon regions of South America, where he's tagging along with the Rock Against Drugs tour. The headliner of this tour is one Otis Barnes, a rather long in the tooth rocker who struggles with substance abuse and who is a bit erratic, to say the least. After assorted and sundry scuffles, kidnappings, murders and whatnot, matters come quite dramatically to a conclusion at an over the top concert at Peru Macchu Pichu site.

Which is not typically the sort of thing I gravitate toward, but it made for entertaining reading even so.

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