Miami Mummies: A Wendy Darlin Comedy Mystery by Barbara Silkstone

It is apparently my week for outré mysteries, those that combine strong and funny characters, near slapstick comedy and some classic references that will keep you thinking, guessing and giggling throughout.  Today’s title is perfect for the COYER fans who want something a little out of the box!

Miami Mummies brings back the iconic and slightly obsessive Wendy Darlin and her on and off paramour Roger Jolley in yet another improbable mystery.  Bringing us a new character in a former classmate and real estate client, Tippy Henman.  Tippy intends to fulfill a promise to her father by building a hi-rise on the land, yet that isn’t going to happen with murder, mayhem and mummies appearing. 

Completely off kilter, Wendy has to split her attention between her health issues and the struggle to add to her little family, the story moves from tomb to womb and back again as Wendy is trying to stay one step ahead of the people who are trying to kill her, while still managing to keep Roger in hand and focused.  With the return of Kit as Wendy’s best friend and the emergence of Wendy’s mentor Alfred Hiccup (Hic), along with several references to the works of Hitchcock himself, there are several moments of “oooh, I remember that” mixing with the laughs.

I chuckled and then laughed out loud often, from the subtle dry wit to outright slapstick ridiculousness, the story just ran from one high point to another until the conclusion.  Silkstone is clever and funny, and the writing is tight and polished, with characters coming forward and demanding their moment in the spotlight.

I purchased a copy of this title for my own personal library. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Miami Mummies: A Wendy Darlin Comedy Mystery by Barbara Silkstone

Title: Miami Mummies
Author: Barbara Silkstone
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Self-Purchased
Pages: 153
Rated: five-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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MIAMI MUMMIES ~ Book Four in the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider collection

The legendary mastermind criminal and mummy thief, Kyzer Saucy, strikes again. Part-time tomb raider and full-time real estate broker, Wendy Darlin joins her lover, archaeologist Roger Jolley as they struggle to save a rare Miami mummy from the clutches of this evil genius. Can Saucy be stopped before he kills again? Meanwhile can Wendy keep her promise to Alfred Hiccup as he attempts to transmigrate from the afterlife? Or has Wendy finally made one promise too many?

This book is an homage to the great Alfred Hitchcock…
who is probably turning over in his grave.

About Barbara Silkstone

Barbara Silkstone is the best-selling author of the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider Series and the Mister Darcy series of Jane Austen inspired stories. Silkstone’s writing has been described as “perfectly paced and pitched – shades of Janet Evanovich and Carl Hiaasen – without seeming remotely derivative. Fast moving action that shoots from the hip with bullet-proof characterization.”

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