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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Fleeting Chance is an Enescu Fleet private investigator mystery written by Sherban Young. John Hathaway and his fiancee, Lesley, have traveled up to Canada with Enescu Fleet and his daughter, Ate, for a short holiday. Fleet, Lesley and Hathaway have been invited on a yacht for an evening of touring and, more importantly, playing poker. At the last minute, Lesley decides that she'd rather spend the evening with Ate, so the two men are on their own. The yacht is owned by Bud Gordon and Fleet's old friend, Admiral Tim Craig, is co-hosting the party. There are ten players, and the Admiral has assigned places to each of them around the large table in the salon. Hathaway folds for most of the evening, until he finally gets a good hand. Unfortunately, just as he's dreaming of raking in those future wins, someone has fallen overboard.
Fleeting Chance: An Enescu Fleet Mystery is a sly and classy homage to Agatha Christie and Sherban Young pulls it off brilliantly. Someone is killing off the poker players, and Fleet and Hathaway have their work cut out trying to figure out who it is and why. Young builds his plot with attention to detail, and the reader is kept abreast of all the pertinent details on each of the players and how they figure in the mystery. This is more than a cerebral mystery, however, as there's action and adventure from just about the very first page. Fleet and Hathaway have become one of my favorite detective duos. While Hathaway's friend, Hutton, is more Fleet's alter-ego and intellectual equal, the earnest and slightly inept Hathaway is the perfect partner for Fleet, and it's a joy to watch as their partnership grows throughout this series. Fleeting Chance is an entertaining and satisfying mystery and it's most highly recommended.