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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Colloquium is a work of fiction in the mystery, detective fiction, crime, and suspense sub-genres, and was penned by author Charles D'Amico. Written as another novel in the Neil Baggio suspense novel series, the work is intended for adult audiences but is not especially graphic, and therefore is accessible for all to enjoy. In this new case, we see Neil on the hunt for a missing girl, but this single thread turns into a much wider tapestry of deceit and intrigue. What follows are cover-ups and conspiracies, assistance from unseemly sources, and a battle for survival like never before.
Having read the Neil Baggio series before, I am always amazed by the inventive new trials which author Charles D'Amico has his daring protagonist face, and once again the stakes are raised even higher in this new adventure. The mood surprised me here as I settled in for a cozy mystery read because the atmospheric touches and the conspiracy vibes give the whole novel a tenser, darker feel than previous books. As always, the plot was expertly conceived to connect the clues and give the audience a great follow-along mystery to unpick, without ever being spoon-fed the ideas. I really enjoyed the dialogue in this one, especially when Neil was getting intel from his unusual new informants and assistants, who were gritty, amusing, and very well developed indeed. In conclusion, I would highly recommend Colloquium and the Neil Baggio series in general to fans of eloquent and enveloping detective mystery fiction.