Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

Death under Palm TreesDeath under Palm Trees by Carmen Radtke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Death under Palm Trees is the 4th book in the Jack and Frances mystery series by Carmen Radtke. It is the first I have read by this author (and the series) and it wasn’t for me. The book was well written, and had a good story line, but I just couldn’t get into it. I struggled to finish the book, and mainly did so, because I wanted to know who the spy was. There were too many characters for me to develop strong feelings about them. Jack, Frances and Uncle Sal are the main characters, and I liked them- but all the people in the house were hard for me to keep straight. I didn’t feel like it grabbed me as much as it should have, being a murder mystery. I did like the old feeling- you could tell it took place in the 30s, and I liked the references to pre war. While this book can be read as a stand alone, I suggest reading the others in the series first. Based on the other reviews, I feel like that would have given me a stronger feeling for them. I did like that the mystery remained until the very end, it wasn’t a book you figured out right from the get go.

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