Was Harold Dumphy killed to cover up something at the nuclear power plant where he was the head of security?
This is what Harold’s widow asks Goff Langdon, private detective, to find out. Langdon is a laid back, slacker detective, happy with his work, friends, and way of life in the town of Brunswick, Maine. To compliment his income in small town Maine’s scarce private detective market, Langdon also owns and operates a mystery bookstore named after his trusted companion, Coffee Dog.
With the help of Bart, the bear of a cop; Jimmy 4 by Four, the hippie lawyer; the immigrants Jewell and Richam; and his true desire and employee, Chabal—Langdon sets out to do just that. And then he is framed for not one, but two murders, and events become very complicated.
Follow Langdon and his band of friends as they attempt to untangle the web of intrigue and return Brunswick to “the way life should be.”
Does Langdon stand a chance against corrupt cops, crooked politicians, greedy millionaires, radical environmentalists, and a deadly assassin named Shakespeare?
What an exciting novel! I really want to read more about Goff Langdon.
When Harold Dumphy’s death is ruled suicide, it opens up a can of worms. His widow really doesn’t think he was suicidal and hires the local P.I. to look into it. Private investigations are only one hat Goff Langdon wears; he also owns a mystery bookstore, employing Chabal to run it along with him. Goff has a laid-back attitude to life – so laid-back, in fact, that he’s almost horizontal. Langdon has a plethora of friends who, one way or another, become entangled in his latest case and when he is framed for not one but two murders, they rally round to get to the bottom of things.
Well, this is quite the rollercoaster! The kind of read that, as the action hots up, you find yourself speeding up on turning the pages (or screen) until you’re quite out of breath. A cracking read, bursting at the seams with fabulous characters all of whom come alive on the page, raising my heart rate! This is an author who really knows how to write a fast-paced mystery. Every character is carefully crafted with their own unique identity and yet they all interact perfectly and the absolutely fabulous addition of Coffee Dog brings some great laughs. Who wouldn’t want to adopt him?
There are a few surprises along the way as well as a couple of shocks, but what a way to begin a series! Completely terrific, a thrilling read and well worth all five shiny stars and a firm recommendation.
My thanks to the author for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 250 pages
- Publisher: Encircle Publications
- Publication Date: 18 September 2020
- Links: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54913370
Over the years, Cost has owned a video store, a mystery bookstore, and a gym. He has also taught history and coached just about every sport imaginable.
During those years, since age eight actually, the true passion has been writing. I Am Cuba: Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution (Encircle Publications, March, 2020) was his first traditionally published novel.
Mainely Power is the first of the Mainely Mystery trilogy featuring private detective Goff Langdon. This will be followed by Mainely Fear (coming in December, 2020), and Mainely Money (to be released in May, 2021).
Cost now lives in Brunswick, Maine, with his wife, Harper. There are four grown children: Brittany, Pearson, Miranda, and Ryan. A chocolate Lab and a basset hound round out the mix. He now spends his days at the computer, writing.