Baby Shark’s Beaumont Blues Review
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Now that I’ve read all three of Robert Fate’s Baby Shark novels, I’m already starting to experience withdrawal. I haven’t come across a mystery/crime series this good since the V. I. Warshawski series by Sara Paretsky—and you can bet your last pair of Texas boots I’ll be picking up the fourth in the Baby Shark series as soon as it’s available.

In Baby Shark’s Beaumont Blues, the second book in the lineup (after Baby Shark and before Baby Shark’s High Plains Redemption), Kristin Van Dijk has received her private investigator license, and she’s now working with Otis Millett. Their current case involves bringing back an oil heiress who seems to have a knack for disappearing. This time, though, they believe she’s being held against her will—and her life could be in danger.

Things start to get much more complicated than they should, and Kristin racks up the bodies as she’s forced to protect herself from an ever-growing threat. Dangerous gangsters out of Beaumont up the ante, and Kristin and Otis need to figure out what’s going on before more bodies stack the pile higher.

Nosy Dallas cops, crooked lawyers, and a busty waitress become involved, throwing the case into chaos while adding a whole lot of fire to a plot that’s already in flames.

A well-developed plot will keep you on your toes as you try to put together all of the clues that come rushing toward you. The story twists and turns until it comes to a surprising—but logical—conclusion that you won’t see coming. That’s always my favorite type of ending, and Mr. Fate writes it with astounding skill.

In addition, a new love interest for Kristin, wonderful characters, and plenty of kick-ass action will keep you turning pages. You’re sure to end up reading into the darkest hours of the night, loathe to set Baby Shark’s Beaumont Blues aside. But, hey, who needs sleep? Certainly not me—at least not when a novel holds my attention from beginning to end. And Beaumont Blues is one of the best.

A crime novel this good is a rare find. If I were you, I wouldn’t want to miss it.

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