Mangrove Lightning (Doc Ford Mystery #24) by Randy Wayne White
Published March 21, 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Genres Fiction, Mystery
Doc Ford has been involved in many strange cases. This may be one of the strangest. A legendary charter captain and guide named Tootsie Barlow has come to him, muttering about a curse. The members of his extended family have suffered a bizarre series of attacks, and Barlow is convinced it has something to do with a multiple murder in 1925, in which his family had a shameful part. Ford doesn’t believe in curses, but as he and his friend Tomlinson begin to investigate, following the trail of the attacks from Key Largo to Tallahassee, they, too, suffer a series of near-fatal mishaps. Is it really a curse? Or just a crime spree? The answer lies in solving a near-hundred-year-old murder…and probing the mind of a madman.
This is the first book in the Doc Ford series that I have read. The synopsis intrigued me, even though I don’t usually like these types of mystery series. I was also interested because of the location in Florida, it sounded like it would be an interesting story. There are two story lines happening simultaneously in this book, which is a style I not a huge fan of, but it did work for this book. I enjoyed the story line involving the 100 year old murder, as the history and time period intrigued me. The plot moves along at a fairly steady pace throughout the book and although the characters are fairly well developed, I never really found myself connecting with Doc Ford. Now, this very well be because I have not read any of the other books in this series, so I haven’t had a chance to really get to know his characters. Overall, I did enjoy the book, as I do love a good mystery or thriller and I do believe that fans of this series, who already know Ford’s character well, will really enjoy this book. The cover of this book is amazing and reminds me of many areas of Florida! Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advanced reading copy of the book.
You can read the first 24 pages here and the book will be released on March 21, 2017!