A Touch of Gold: 04/05/15
A Touch of Gold by Joyce and Jim Lavene is the second of the Missing Pieces mystery series. It literally opens with a bang, in the form on an explosion at the island town's maritime history museum.
The curator of the museum, Max Caudle, had years earlier found a treasure chest of gold coins. Now someone has shot a cannon into the museum presumably to get his hands on them.
Though injured in the explosion, Mayor Dae knows she has to piece together the history of these coins to figure out who would go to such extremes as to destroy a museum and kill its curator.
If the previous book was quaint in its history of Duck and its people and ties to prohibition era crime, this one looks at some of the seedier elements of the area around Duck. There are numerous small islands and sandbars in Dowdy Bay. Dae's uncanny ability to find things, takes her to one such place, and into the hands of a group of people living off the grid and outside the bounds of society.
This book was more adventure than cozy mystery but still an enjoyable page turner. I am looking forward to reading the third in the series, A Spirited Gift.