Traces of the Past
A Milo Forbes Mystery
by Steve Laracy
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 19 Apr 2019 | Archive Date 19 Apr 2019
Sunbury Press, Inc., Milford House Press
When Milo Forbes, an unsuccessful private detective from the crowded streets of San Diego, finds himself stranded in the backwater desert town of Cordoba, he’s reluctantly recruited by the town’s mayor to help solve some open cases: reports of a prowler lurking around the town diner; the disappearance of vintage magazines from the doctor’s office; and, most importantly, the death of a local skydiver. Much to Milo’s misery, he finds the eccentric townsfolk and old-fashioned lifestyle of Cordoba very different from the modern, fast-paced city he’s used to.
With a nine-year-old girl as his unwanted but determined sidekick, Milo’s investigative trail leads him to an ex-boxer who channels Humphrey Bogart movies, a town matriarch with a secret past, and the elderly, lemonade-sipping, telescope-snooping Flagg sisters. He also crosses paths with Felicity, the owner of the local boardinghouse, and romance beckons. But just when it seems Milo has solved the mysteries and found love in the unlikeliest of locales, the discovery of human bones and suspicious activity at Samantha’s boardinghouse threaten to turn his life—and the lives of every Cordoba resident—upside down.
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Meet Milo Forbes ... a private investigator, a little down on his luck in San Diego. He's on his way to Cordova, a very small town full of oddball people ...most notably his good friend, the mayor.
This little community has no theaters, no restaurants other than the diner ... an old railroad card that doubles as the local tavern in the evening hours. There are no cellphones ... no televisions .. it's like a step back in time.
Milo's plan on a short visit fall through when his car can't be fixed by the local mechanic, and towing it to the next biggest town will take a few days.
But that's alright, because Milo is reluctantly hired by his friend to solve some small crimes .. missing magazines from the doctor's office ... a possible prowler... but things escalate when a skydiver falls to his death. Was this an accident .. or attempted murder?
Starting his investigations, he finds himself with a sidekick ---- nine-year-old Sam (Samantha) who wants to be a private investigator when she grows up. Milo also gets to meet a lot of new faces ... strange quirky residents, some with secrets.
Just as Milo has solved the mysteries and found love in the unlikeliest of locales, the discovery of human bones and suspicious activity at Samantha’s boardinghouse threaten to turn his life—and the lives of every Cordoba resident—upside down.
Milo was an unexpected pleasure ... his humor borders on the sarcastic and crosses the line every now and then. Some of the residents are peculiar, to say the least. This is not a particularly suspenseful look at crime, but it is entertaining.
Many thanks to the author / Sunbury Press - Milforn House Press / Netgalley for the digital copy of TRACES OF THE PAST. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.