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Nantucket Five-Spot: A Henry Kennis Mystery    by Steven Axelrod order for
Nantucket Five-Spot
by Steven Axelrod
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2015 (2015)
Hardcover, Softcover
* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Nantucket Five-Spot by Steven Axelrod is the second in a series featuring Nantucket's police chief Henry Kennis, who writes poetry in his spare time. During the summer season, Hank, as he is called, has little time for literary pursuits. Tourism is in high season, which in itself is enough to keep any and all peacekeepers at full alert 24/7.

Boston Pops performing on July 4th on the beach on Nantucket seem to have brought terrorists out of the woodwork. A threat to bomb the concert could destroy the local economy. Island businesses depend on the summer traffic to survive the winter, when all the tourists are spending their money elsewhere.

The Department of Homeland Security arrives bringing a loathsome braggart to Nantucket, as well as Hank's lost love who now works there. A good friend of Hank's is at first suspected of being behind the threat. That leads to a new suspect, who is probably also being framed. The plot gets a little twisted hereabouts, but at the same time becomes more and more intriguing.

I found myself getting really frustrated with the Homeland Security operative. Wanted to tell him a thing or two. He is a vain, grasping, greedy man more than willing to take credit for someone else's work. Someone you really love to hate.

Hank slowly and methodically works through all the clues, some over twenty years old. Knowledge of past small town life proves necessary to point to the bad guys. Nantucket Five-Spot is a good book.

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