Mouse Trap by Matt Cost #BookReview #ClayWolfe/PortEssex3 #EncirclePublications #5*

When Clay Wolfe is hired to find out who tried to steal a mouse, he thought it was akin to a fireman getting a cat out of a tree. It wasn’t.

“Sometimes bad genes need to be stamped out and good ones need to be fostered,” Bridget Engel said. “There’s really no difference between mice and human beings when it comes to genes.” She wore a gray suit, and her blonde hair was cut short in the style that Hillary Clinton had made popular.

When Clay Wolfe rekindles an old romance, the summer is looking bright. It wasn’t.

He woke in the middle of the night, gathered his things, and slipped away. After Clay left, Victoria rose from the bed and went into the bathroom, carefully removed the condom from the Kleenex it was wrapped in and put it in a plastic baggie.

Who is the mysterious man who clubs Westy with a hammer and threatens the lives of everybody Clay Wolfe holds dear?

Now, Clive Miller was a fixer. He took care of problems that arose. Once given a task, his hands weren’t tied, and he was well-paid for his troubles.

There were two simple rules. Eliminate the problem. Don’t draw attention.

Thrilling – Twists & Turns Galore!

An exciting third novel in this gripping series!

Clay Wolfe’s latest case is a bit different from the usual – he’s never been charged with finding a missing mouse before! Hired by Bridget Engel, CEO of Johnson Laboratories, he finds himself investigating the world of genetics and the role mice play in furthering the alteration of genes, whilst also involved in what he knows is an ill-advised romantic liaison. What should have been a straightforward job turns into so much more and, once again, Clay’s friends and relatives join him in setting things to rights.

I love this series; this third novel is not what it seems on the surface. A bit like a swan, gliding along while paddling like mad under the water, there is a lot going on which is not apparent at first glance. Wolfe’s seemingly ‘easy’ jobs have a way of turning into major investigations with twists and turns galore, and this is definitely the best one yet. With a fine cast of characters and always a sprinkling of humour here and there, I was engrossed from the very beginning until the final word. Thrilling and exciting, this one comes highly recommended and easily earns all five glowing stars.

My thanks to the author for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime mystery

Author Details

Over the years, Matt Cost (aka Matthew Langdon 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 aged eight actually – his 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 the first of the Mainely Mysteries featuring private detective Goff Langdon was published by Encircle in September 2020, followed by book two Mainely Fear (December, 2020) and book three Mainely Money (March, 2021).

Also from Encircle are his Clay Wolfe / Port Essex Mystery series: Wolfe TrapMind Trap and Mouse Trap; as well as his new historical fiction novel, Love in a Time of Hate.

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