Key Lime Blues: A Wes Darling Mystery
Author: Mike Jastrzebski
(Published August 10th 2010)
For some people working in the family business means suits, power lunches, and afternoon meetings. For Wes Darling it was guns, lies, and dead bodies.
The Darling Detective Agency was founded in 1876 by Aaron ‘Dusty’ Darling. Now Wes’s chain smoking, stressed out mother is grooming Wes to take over. How does he handle his mother’s demands? He heads to Key West, moves onto a sailboat, and takes a job tending bar at a little joint called Dirty Alvin’s.
Life is carefree until his mother’s lover, a man who mentored Wes for years, is murdered on a Key West Beach. Reluctantly, Wes is drawn into a spinning web of murder, sex and deceit.
First there are his mother’s pleas for help. Throw in a six-foot-tall red-headed stripper, a retired mobster who acts like it’s the 1940’s, a pair of dim-witted hit men, a phobic psychic named Elvis, a small fortune in stolen diamonds, and what do you have? Mayhem in Key West.
I thought the person narrating the story was a girl; but I found out that Darling is actually a boy! I didn’t really pay attention to his name Wes when I first read the blurb, and all through the first few pages, I imagined Darling as a fine young lady. Imagine my surprise when I realized Darling has X and Y chromosomes.
Anyway, here’s the gist. Darling took up a job in a bar and lived on a sailboat after he decided to quit his family’s Detective Agency. But when he learned from a cop (Detective Davies) that his old friend and mentor Nick Hastings was found dead in Key West, about a few blocks away from where he was working, he knew that he had to investigate and catch the one who murdered him. His mom told him about Nick’s latest client Frank Szymanski who was looking for an old flame, Destiny. It turned out that there was more to the story. As much as he wants to forget his old life, he couldn’t really leave everything behind, especially when the woman who had sparked interest in him was endangered.
There are a lot of things to watch out for in this Mystery novel. Something that includes Diamonds, a stripper, a psychic, twin gangsters, guns and much more..
The flow of the story is consistent, action-packed and a little over the edge. I haven’t read the first book (I know that this is the second book on a trilogy). In my opinion, it is Destiny or Gail Bernard, the stripper, who made the whole story exciting and intriguing.
I was quite left hanging in the end; I felt like there’s still something that needs to be done and explained. But believe it or not, I actually enjoyed the story! Hoping to read the last book of the Wes Darling Mystery soon…