Mystery and History
Jim Sargent, 2020
Photo by Betty Sargent
Poe Lock circa 1940's
A park on Big Manistique Lake, near Curtis, Michigan
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Shadow of the Hawk
Mickey Mathews Mystery #3 (2020, by Wynwidyn Press):
Mickey Mathews married his fiancée Patty Gilbert and Frank Tuttle married his sweetheart Norma Jean Monroe in a double ceremony on Saturday, July 29, 1944. Afterward, the couples travel from Ypsilanti to Big Manistique Lake in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. After crossing the Straits of Mackinac by car ferry, they find old family friends in Curtis, a rustic cabin on the beautiful lake, and a new mystery.
Ironically, President Franklin Roosevelt’s cousin and Thomas Dewey’s nephew were kidnapped in Mackinaw City the night Mickey and Frank and their wives stayed overnight there. Asked by the White House on Tuesday to join the manhunt, Mickey, the former football and baseball hero turned mystery writer, and Frank, the fearless retired Army officer, pursue the investigation to Sault Ste. Marie, Whitefish Bay, the Canadian Soo, Mackinaw City, and back to Manistique Lake.
Joined by several FBI agents and four friends of Chippewa descent, Mickey and Frank close in on the kidnappers even as a new threat looms. Five German soldiers, two of them hard-core Nazis, escape a Prisoner of War camp near Munising. They are said to be hiding out on North Manistique Lake, not far from the Mathews cabin. The Second World War is still raging, and the German escapees pose a threat to unsuspecting Patty and Norma Jean. Can Mickey and Frank arrive in time to save them?
Shadow of the Hawk Review
Another exciting Mickey Mathews adventure from Jim Sargent. The author, noted for his baseball histories, has made a very successful move to fiction writing. His Mathews series are always a fun read and this latest is no exception. With his expertise about FDR and his administration and his love of his native Michigan, Sargent infuses his book with a strong sense of both place and period. If you enjoy detective fiction, especially those set in the World War II era, this book is for you. Shadow of the Hawk is a very entertaining tale.
Bob Gorman, Rock Hill, SC