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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Shots at Sea, by Tom Lalicki


Shots at Sea
by Tom Lalicki
2007


It is a gentleman's agreement, you might say, that English criminals do not carry guns, so English police do not need them either. (Inspector Tatum)

My exploration of mystery fiction that "stars" Harry Houdini continues with Shots at Sea, by Tom Lalicki. The author of Spellbinder: The Life of Harry Houdini, a biography, Lalicki later wrote the Houdini & Nate mysteries for young adults. This volume is the second in that series of three books.

The books are written from the viewpoint of Nathaniel G. Makeworthy Fuller, who becomes friends and solves crimes with the great Houdini. This time around the duo are headed to Europe on the great ocean liner Lusitania. Also on board, the former president Theodore Roosevelt, who is nearly shot by an assassin early on in the voyage.

What follows is not really a mystery in the whodunit sense, but more of a thriller/adventure story as we and the protagonists wait to see if the assassin will strike again and they do whatever they can to prevent it. While it didn't make for bad reading I'm obviously not even close to the target demographic and now that my curiosity is satisfied I won't be coming back to this series.

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