Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Powerboat Racer Book Review

I have another book written by Thomas Hollyday that once again will get your heart pumping reading about another mystery in a small town called River Sunday. The book is Powerboat Racer and it's the third book he has written about his favorite town, River Sunday.
Harry Jacobsen. Disgraced failure of a foreign correspondent, fired from a respected New York City paper. Disheartened, he takes refuge as editor for a small weekly in a quiet town on the Chesapeake. The most excitement he sees is when a trio of children come across the sunken hulk of a racing boat, lost thirty years ago. The black captain, Walker John Douglas, had crashed his vessel after killing two women and burning down half the town in a period of racial unrest.  
Harry''s investigative reporter instincts kick in, and he begins to delve into the history of Walker and the infamous inferno. River Sunday, evenly split between black and white, roils in chaos at his front page headlines. Half the town welcomes the fresh exploration of the civil rights actions, while the other half would rather leave the past alone. The streets are also flooding with tourists as the largest event of the season - a nationally acclaimed powerboat race festival - swells the discussion with high profile personalities and racers who remember Walker''s racially charged legacy.  
As Harry unravels the threads of time and reveals the truth of what happened during the racial clashes of the sixties, the heat levels rise in the once peaceful town. Passionate emotions threaten to spark a fresh wave of riots the likes of which River Sunday had not seen in decades. Harry races to discover the full story in time to save lives - and to save the town from burning anew. 
My Thoughts:
I really do love reading Mr. Hollyday's books because they are filled with lots of action and nothing is ever as it seems and you have to really get engaged in the book to fully understand how his investigated main characters think and act.
He loves delving into the past and what happened all those years ago to cases that everyone has pretty much forgotten about but once his character starts searching for answers, things get really heated up by the people who don't want those secrets to come out.
This time, it's about a man everyone thinks drowned after he killed two sisters and burned down some of the buildings in River Sunday. Something about the whole thing doesn't set right with Harry, so he decides to follow up and that is when things get interesting.
You will never be bored reading Thomas Hollyday's mysteries and in the process, I have learned some things that I didn't know about boats and all the interesting things that the heroes dig up when they are investigating these past crimes.
If you love a good mystery story, then this is one you won't want to miss!
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
Thomas Hollyday (1942-present) was born in Easton, Maryland. His father was an acclaimed photographer and his mother a brilliant teacher. His father's family were active in the history of Maryland since its settlement while his mother's family were prominent in Democratic Party politics. His grandmother's family descended from a well known German industrial family of Baltimore. He grew up in the southern atmosphere of the Eastern Shore with its maritime and military heritage.

He studied writing with Elliott Coleman at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and with C. Michael Curtis of the Atlantic Monthly. He served with distinction in Vietnam and became a successful international businessman. He also drew illustrations for national magazines and published maritime and Civil War history.
He continues to please his fans with new novels in his River Sunday Romance Mysteries collection. In his fiction he describes his recurring theme that human settlers since prehistoric times in the Chesapeake region have left a mist of legend and history that permeates its modern stories with a certain compelling truth. At the same time he incorporates the stories of machines with those of their human owners. Each novel, located in the small town of River Sunday, Maryland, also records the continuing beautiful nature of the area. His writing portrays today's problems, conflicts, and memorable local characters with their loves and their combat with evil. 
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 yours.