Book Review: “Nantucket Five-Spot” by Steven Axelrod

March 4, 2015 at 3:50 pm | Posted in Books | 2 Comments
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Steven Axelrod in his new book, “nantucket book coverNantucket Five-Spot” Book Two in the Henry Kennis Mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press gives us another adventure with Henry Kennis.

From the back cover:   Henry Kennis, Nantucket island’s poetry-writing police chief who will remind readers of Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone and Spenser, works a second challenging case in Nantucket Five-spot.

At the height of the summer tourist season, a threat to bomb the annual Boston Pops Concert could destroy the island’s economy, along with its cachet as a safe, if mostly summer-time, haven for America’s ruling class. The threat of terrorism brings The Department of Homeland Security to the island, along with prospects for a rekindled love affair—Henry’s lost love works for the DHS now.

The “terrorism” aspects of the attack prove to be a red herring. The truth lies much closer to home. At first suspicion falls on local carpenter Billy Delavane, but Henry investigates the case and proves that Billy is being framed. Then it turns out that Henry’s new suspect is also being framed—for the bizarre and almost undetectable crime of framing someone else. Every piece of evidence works three ways in the investigation of a crime rooted in betrayed friendship, infidelity, and the quiet poisonous feuds of small town life. Henry traces the origin of the attacks back almost twenty years and uncovers an obsessive revenge conspiracy that he must unravel—now alone, discredited and on the run—before further disaster strikes.

At the height of tourist season over a long fourth of July weekend someone is making bomb threats against the annual Boston Pops Concert. That is a major no-no as this concert is one of the best on Earth. Because of its significance it has to be investigated as a terrorist threat which brings the Dept. of Homeland Security. Then it kicks into high gear as a police procedural as Henry is investigating the who, the why and the what of what is going on. Just when you think you have a handle on the events it takes a sudden left turn and you are back to asking questions again. It almost seems as though everyone has something to hide in this town and none of them want Henry to discover what it is. The story hums along at a fast pace as Henry is working to figure out just what is going on. “Nantucket Five-Spot” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Mr. Axelrod has provided us with a marvelous character in Henry Kennis and I look forward to reading about more of his adventures.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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  1. This looks like such an interesting series! Thanks so much for sharing your review on this 2nd mystery in the series with us.

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