Mysterious Reviews, mysteries reviewed by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, is publishing a new review of Buried Lies by Peter Rennebohm. For our blog readers, we are printing it first here in advance of its publication on our website.
North Star Press (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0-87839-291-2 (0878392912)
ISBN-13: 978-0-87839-291-9 (9780878392919)
Publication Date: September 2008
List Price: $24.95
Review: From the moment Gus Ivy picked up the old Western novel at a barbershop, he couldn’t put it down, not even as it led him into a maze of murder, dangerous puzzles, and mysterious strangers. Peter Rennebohm’s Buried Lies has a similarly enrapturing effect on readers, pulling them into its fast-paced, tightly woven plot from the very first pages. Part mystery, part western, part treasure hunt Buried Lies is all over the map both in terms of genre and geography, as Ivy and his companions journey across the American West in search of a long-lost and mysterious prize.
Truly, this book’s strength is in its page-turning action. Rennebohm has shown his master of suspense in several previous novels, and combines it here with a healthy does of adventure. Buried Lies’ plot doesn’t rest for a page, much like its journeying characters, whose encounters with a gang of greedy thugs are thrilling and enjoyable. Buried Lies is packed as tight with clues as it is with action, but the fast moving nature of the plot sometimes contrasts with the somewhat contrived mystery that Rennebohm presents. Readers watch Ivy and his friends solve the puzzle but cannot always put the pieces together along with them, as Ivy and his friends sometimes appear to pull solutions seemingly from thin air. However, readers who like a riddle-driven mystery will still be thrilled by Buried Lies, which redeems itself through the interesting complexity of it’s puzzle.
Rennebohm has created a fun and exciting work that plays with genre conventions and brainteasers. The book may require a good-hearted suspension of disbelief from cynical readers, as elements (including the final prize!) sometimes appear a bit over the top. Buried Lies’ unusual characters and setting, combined with Rennebohm’s engaging writing style make this a great choice for readers who are looking for something new. While not overly nuanced, Buried Lies is truly an enjoyable read and is especially recommended for those who love high action and adventure, treasure hunts, and the American West!
Special thanks to Rebecca Henderson for contributing her review of Buried Lies and to Breakthrough Promotions for providing a copy of the book for the review.
Review Copyright © 2009 — Rebecca Henderson — All Rights Reserved — Reprinted with Permission
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Synopsis (from the publisher): Gus Ivy was restless, so he thought he'd "test" retirement by spending the winter in Phoenix. Endless rounds of golf only served to prove that there had to be more to his self-imposed idle time. By happenstance, Gus discovers an obscure Sagebrush western owned by his barber, and is excited to add it to his collection.
Unfortunately, the sixty-year old Cavity Lake Gang has drawn the attention of a band of cutthroats who will stop at nothing to get their hands on Gus's copy. Together with a mysterious woman from Montana, Gus and Cassidy set off on a quest that takes them to the Navajo Indian Nation in Northeast Arizona, and beyond.
It's a chilling race against both a deadline and a bunch of ruthless killers, a race to solve a puzzle embedded within the book; but the end game may prove to be too costly as multiple deaths and a kidnapping litter their trail.
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