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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Fleeting Glance: An Enescu Fleet Mystery is private detective fiction written by Sherban Young. John Hathaway is resignedly facing meeting his prospective in-laws. His friend, Hutton, has arranged for Leslie and her parents to stay at a friend's posh house on the water, but he never did mention that the house actually belongs to Johnny Fishes, a mobster. To make matters even more perplexing, an oddly worded postcard arrives for Hathaway from a total stranger. When he reaches Hutton’s friend’s house, he finds that the meeting with Leslie's parents goes even worse than he thought it could. Hutton had left Hathaway’s home at the same time as him with the party’s hors d'oeuvres, but he doesn't arrive until some time later, making a grand entrance as the walking wounded and limping in with the assistance of Hathaway's friend and mentor, Enescu Fleet. Someone had attacked Hutton, and Enescu Fleet thinks that attack and Hathaway’s receipt of the cryptic card are very important indeed.
Sherban Young's private investigator novel, Fleeting Glance: An Enescu Fleet Mystery, is engrossing and very entertaining. Hathaway and Hutton are an inspired and funny team who see conspiracies and clues in the smallest details, but when they're joined by the elegant and uncanny Enescu Fleet, the result becomes truly spectacular. Fleet is urbane and suave, and he seems to know everything and everybody. Fleeting Glance was especially enjoyable for me because the mystery is art and artists. The Ariadne Lock Museum is the perfect place for this murder mystery and comes complete with an artist colony that is eccentric and otherworldly. Young's style is breezy, and his characters are zany and a joy to watch. The plot is also marvelous and left me hanging until the very last page. Fleeting Glance is a satisfying and monumentally enjoyable mystery story, and it's most highly recommended.