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Reviewed by Paul F. Johnson for Readers' Favorite
In Hatteras Wind: A Ned Doyle Mystery authored by Ed Burrows, it all starts at night near the coast when an American merchant ship is torpedoed by a German submarine. Ship's doctor Henry Ballard and his friend, Jim Fielding, decide to gather as much medical supplies as they can, including the drugs stored in the captain’s safe. Fielding goes looking for the doctor and finds him held at gunpoint by the captain. They soon learn that the captain is a Nazi sympathizer. In a struggle, Fielding and the captain are killed, but Henry Ballard manages to survive, along with the drugs and the captain’s briefcase. Inside the briefcase are some surprising items. Years later, Henry Ballard is murdered, leaving everything to Fielding’s son, who soon begins to get threats. Because of this, he disappears. And that’s where the story really begins.
Ed Burrows’s Hatteras Wind: A Ned Doyle Mystery is what I like to think of as a cozy mystery and is a very good read. It is filled with murder, intrigue, mystery, and a hurricane, but no graphic violence, sex, or strong language. Along the way the characters learn even more about one of the often told stories of the island. The book takes the reader on a wild ride to discover just who the bad guys are, and why they are causing so much trouble. This is a rather compact book and the plot moves rapidly along. The cast of characters is strong and the dialog is well done. For me it started off a little slowly, but once I got into it, I thoroughly enjoyed this story.