While I had never read the first book featuring Dan Mahoney, there was something about the cover of “Rollover” by Susan Slater that just called out to me so I decided to give the novel a read and see what it was all about.
Dan Mahoney is being sent out to Wagon Wheel, New Mexico, to investigate a rather odd bank robbery. The robbers had dug a tunnel into the bank and then, after what would have been months to dig the tunnel, did not rob the million or more dollars in cash that was in the vault but only took the contents of one safety deposit box. Unfortunately for them, this box held a necklace valued at $500,000 or more and insured by United Life and Casualty. Since Dan is a claims investigator for UL&C, he has to go to Wagon Wheel to investigate the robbery and certify the claim on the necklace. This is not going to be an easy job and Dan finds this out the hard way when he is almost killed in a vehicle rollover even before arriving in Wagon Wheel.
After recovering from the accident, Dan and his girlfriend, Elaine, must investigate the mystery behind the robbery not only to finish Dan’s job but also to try and figure out who had tried to kill Dan. The pair soon finds that unraveling the threads of a crime in this little town is not an easy thing to do and every time they think they find an answer it only leads to more questions. The stakes are raised when there is another murder as well as a kidnapping and Dan must quickly figure out the mystery before he loses his life or the life of one that he loves.
“Rollover” is very strong mystery that seems to capture the more innocent atmosphere of the small town as well as the mysteries of yesteryear such as Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple mysteries while at the same time bringing in the action of a modern thriller with the constant action and danger faced by Dan as he tries to unravel the mystery. This is something that I do not see very often and I found myself cheering for Dan and Elaine as they worked to overcome the obstacles they encounter. There is definitely an air of the small town here as all of the characters seem connected by an intimate knowledge, or assumed knowledge, of each other that leads the simple things to become much larger. This small town aura gives the reader an easy way to relate to the characters and keeps the novel grounded amidst the larger conspiracy that is developing as the story marches along. Even though I had not read the first book featuring Dan, I did not find that a detraction to this story at all and was able to enjoy it for the mystery novel that it is.
“Rollover” is the first book that I have read by Susan Slater but it will not be my last. I found this novel to be an entertaining read with all of the twists and turns that I look for in a mystery novel. Slater handles the story with a deftness that speaks of her skill in crafting a mystery and kept me turning the page from the first page right through to the final page. “Rollover” is one of the more enjoyable mysteries that I have read in a while and is sure to thrill fans of the genre.
I would like to thank Poisoned Pen Press and NetGalley for this review copy. “Rollover” is available now.