Sunday, November 24, 2013

Poison Makers Book Review

I have a really good mystery/crime drama book to share with you today called Poison Makers written by Jimmy Olsen.
Not a drug dealer, terrorist or serial killer in sight, but a protagonist, Edgar Espinosa-Jones (EJ), a reader can root for. A story that can be dark, but with uncontrived thrills that provoke both laughter and apprehension. Characters appear from the depth of Haitian Vodoun and Catholic Santo Domingo, and are little different from those who live next door to us, even if some are zombies.  
EJ accepts an assignment from his enigmatic mentor Garrett Yancy to investigate the seemly innocent death of U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Adam Quist. His first job is to interview one of the Ambassador s daughters at a secret rendezvous in Port-au-Prince, Haiti where he is drawn to her by an uncanny intensity as they travel dark streets toward a forbidden voodoo ceremony.  
Soon after, EJ is in terror for his life, running and hiding until he can find nowhere safe and is forced to make his last stand. Live or die. Poison Makers is anything but the usual mystery. Set in the turbulent 1970s, the Caribbean seethes with political intrigue, revolutionaries, superstition, violence and EJ s own tangled love affairs.  
With the help of his best friend, a crooked Dominican cop, EJ s split nationality (Dominican/American) and quirky view of life combine to solve the mysteries at whatever cost.
I wasn't too sure of this book in the beginning, but the more I read, the more intrigued I became and it turned out to be a VERY GOOD book!

This is really about voodoo, which is something I have never read before, so it was a good change of pace. Mixed in with it is a little bit of romance, two women who perplex EJ and jet setting between Santo Dominica and the States.

An American Ambassador is dead or maybe a Zombie and who did it? I was sorta really into his daughter, Olivia being the prime person because she is really weird thru this whole book but EJ only seems to think she's lying about how she felt about her father, but later on he starts to doubt even that.

I wasn't sure how she was involved, but I knew she was somehow. The ending is a shocker though, and one I didn't see coming. Both of which is the character of the American Ambassador and why he deserved what he got and Olivia herself.  The only thing I disagree on is the way it ended for the Ambassador.  I would have liked there to have been a trial and him be in his full mental state so he could live thru it and suffer. But, that's just me.

You will love all the twists and turns in this book, even EJ's relationship with his maid, his girlfriend, Sonja and his friendship with Mickey, one of the policemen on the force who helps him out of jams and such. Even his barber has a help in the mystery.  Very complex story with lots of characters to go around.

Happy Reading!

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.