For those of us who were too young to experience adult life in the late 1970s, setting a series in San Francisco during this time period has a nice sense of nostalgia. I enjoyed the author’s first book in his Colleen Hayes mystery series (Vanishing in the Haight). I found private detective Colleen Hayes a very appealing and complicated character and was looking forward to the next book in the series. Tie Die, Book #2, did not disappoint. Once again, Colleen uses her incredible street smarts to help her client.
Steve Cook, a rock star from the mid 60’s London music scene is now living in San Francisco. His once thriving career was cut short after a young fan was found dead in his hotel room after one of his concerts. While periodically singing in a dive bar, Steve’s days of glory are long gone. Now divorced, his eleven year old daughter has been kidnapped and he needs help but doesn’t want the police involved. Unlicensed PI Colleen, with an interesting backstory herself, is brought in to find his daughter. Turns out Colleen had been a big fan of Steve’s and had harbored a big crush on the former star. And this is not an ordinary abduction case.
Tie Die is a good, old-fashioned style mystery which is authentic to the time period. Fast-paced and enjoyable from start to finish. You can read this book as a standalone but go back and read the first book too. Happy to have discovered the author and this series.
Many thanks to Edelweiss, Oceanview Publishing and author Max Tomlinson for a copy of this atmospheric, gripping book.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Thriller.
Publication Date: September 8, 2020.
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