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The Green Pearl Caper (Damien Dickens Mysteries, Book 1) by Phyllis Entis

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Format: eBook
Publication Date: 03/30/15
Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review


When Damien Dickens is approached by Celine Sutherland, the daughter of a former client, to investigate signs of financial foul play in the company that she is part owner of, he agrees to take her case. Shortly afterwards, Celine is found dead and Damien is the prime suspect in her murder.

After being bailed out of jail, Damien begins to look for clues that will clear him of Celine's murder and reveal the identity of the real murderer. He soon discovers that the Sutherland's family and business is shrouded by a web of deceit, fraud, and lies. 

Will the murderer be brought to justice, or will this web ensnare more innocent victims?


Set in the 1970's, The Green Pearl Caper promises to provide an intriguing and suspenseful mystery. The tone of the book is set in the prologue, "I killed Celine...It wasn't my finger that pulled the trigger," and readers soon find themselves smack dab in the front office of a modest detective agency where they are introduced to Damien and his trusty receptionist, Millie.

Despite its setting in the 1970's, the story line seemed reminiscent of a 1940's private dick movie; especially with Damien's penchant for quoting Humphrey Bogart. Having watched 1970's detective shows as a child, this seemed appropriate as many of the shows had a nostalgic quality to them. 

I liked how the characters were developed; each of them had timeless qualities, but they were still more contemporary than their 1940's counterparts. I especially liked Millie; despite her outward appearance, she is a strong and intelligent character. If Princess Leia from Star Wars was a receptionist at a detective agency, she would be a lot like Millie. 

The plot had a few unexpected twists and turns; having read quite a few mysteries in my life, I was not surprised by some of what was revealed, but I really did enjoy how the plot was laid out. A lot of mystery writers like to deliberately exclude information until the protagonist solves the mystery, or they give too much information and spoil the surprise. However, I liked how Entis provided me with just enough information to make a prediction without completely spoiling the surprise. 

I am really looking forward to reading the second book in the series, and definitely recommend this book to other mystery readers who enjoy mysteries with a nostalgic feel to them.

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