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Michael Graham’s friend, Rohen, is near death, in the hospital, in a coma. He was shot, allegedly for trespassing, by Aleister Crowe, an arrogantly wealthy man who is also a prominent citizen in the small town of Blackpool. As Michael and his wife, Molly attempt to discover why Rohen was even on Aleister’s property in the first place, a hornet’s nest is stirred up. Unlikely, potentially deadly alliances are revealed, and the Grahams find themselves in a whole heap of trouble.

For me, the book started a bit slow, but I think that is probably because I haven’t read the previous books in this series. After a few pages, the pace picked up and soon I was caught up in the telling, and more and more curious about the reputed ill-gotten artifacts and lost treasure. Is the hoard still hidden someplace in the maze of caverns along the craggy shore?

Michael and Molly are a lovely, likeable couple – their interactions together and with others is credible and often compelling. The love and affection between them is palpable, and that each had a few shortcomings added further depth to their characters. As the mystery was unraveled, I marveled at the author’s ability to weave the various diverse elements simultaneously into a complex web that eventually all made sense, leaving this reader replete and satisfied. 

Book Blurb for Unearthed

This month comes UNEARTHED...the fourth and final installment in the Mystery Case Files program! Secrets are at the heart of Blackpool....

Behind the colorful charm and vibrant history of the English seaside town of Blackpool is a legacy of secrets. Secrets people have killed to keep hidden. But for Michael and Molly Graham, finding the truth has become personal. Their friend clings to life in a hospital—shot to keep him quiet—and the couple is driven to uncover what he would risk his life for…and what someone would murder for.

But the pieces of this puzzle are as disparate as any they’ve faced—a sunken pirate ship, a one-legged skeleton, vengeful curses and a grim family legacy. And if they put the pieces together, will they only be digging their own graves? 

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2011 4.25