Polish Dragon P. I.

The Good Book

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
221 Pages
Reviewed on 09/18/2021
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite

Polish Dragon P.I. (The Good Book) by Steve Zimcosky builds a story around a secret society sworn to protect the integrity of the Russian Orthodox Church at any cost. An acquaintance contacts Detective Suzie Mandrake about a stolen family heirloom, a Bible. This case is outside her jurisdiction, so she asks Tom Sipowicz, the Polish Dragon P.I., to assist her. Tom is known for his thorough investigations and trusting his gut feelings. He decides to bring Suzie in as a junior partner and benefits from her connections and research skills. Together, Tom and Suzie face kidnappers willing to kill for the secrets within the Bible. As they progress, they find the family twists truths for their benefit, the clergy isn't what it appears, and an unseen hand detours every advantage they have. Can they solve the riddle before anyone skips the country or innocent victims die?

Steve Zimcosky skillfully creates a secret society within one of the oldest religions, adding thrilling mystique to Polish Dragon P.I. (The Good Book). Zimcosky is a gifted, well-established author whose Polish Dragon P.I. series keeps his readers begging for more. This novel has the perfect blend of mystery, adventure, and suspense. His vivid characters and descriptions of the action they encounter keep the reader glued to the pages. I was impressed with the twist this novel takes toward the end and the question of whether this secret society is lurking in the shadows? I look forward to seeing what Suzie brings to the Polish Dragon P.I. cases.

Jon Michael Miller

Polish Dragon P.I. The Good Book by mystery writer Steve Zimcosky is a short, intricate tale in which P. I. Tom Sipowicz, martial arts aficionado and dim sum connoisseur, is hired by an old Russian family in Cleveland to locate an ancient Eastern Orthodox Bible written in Greek. This “good book” supposedly contains a secret that could smear the Russian Orthodox Church. The church is guarded by a secret organization similar to the Masons—The International Bureau of Archangels—who will do anything to protect the church’s reputation. The Bible in question is missing from the wealthy family’s home. Andy, the family leader, calls a detective named Suzie Mandrake, a friend from Ohio State, who in turn calls the Polish private investigator Tom Sipowicz for help. He, in turn, offers her a partnership in his P.I. firm, and she immediately studies for and then obtains her P.I. license.

The two sleuths make an excellent team as they search for the missing Bible. They interview Andy and his grandfather and discover that Andy’s father, en route to having the precious book examined by the head of the local Eastern Orthodox Church, was killed in an apparent auto accident and the Bible was stolen. Thus begins a complicated series of interviews and meetings, kidnappings and threats, as Suzie and Tom apply their investigative skills and instincts among the streets and eateries of Cleveland. I had to pay close attention to the various players—priests, professors, interpreters, historians, spies, and CIA operatives—as Tom and Suzie grew closer together through their investigations. Polish Dragon P.I. The Good Book by Steve Zimcosky will keep you guessing every step of the way, and when you think you’ve finally figured it all out, you’re in for a stunning surprise.

Pikasho Deka

Polish Dragon P. I. (The Good Book) by Steve Zimcosky is another enthralling mystery adventure novella featuring the charismatic Polish Dragon, Tom Sipowicz. After Andy Sokolov approaches his old friend Detective Suzie Mandrake and seeks her help in finding his old family Bible, she takes the case to Private Investigator Tom Sipowicz. Intrigued by the mystery, Tom accepts the offer to help Andy and makes Suzie his partner in the case. As Tom and Suzie proceed with the investigation, they discover a larger conspiracy involving The Church of Saint Basil, a Russian Orthodox Church, and an underground group called The International Bureau of Archangels. Tom must now use every bit of cunning in his arsenal and find the Bible before people get hurt. However, everything is not as it seems.

Author Steve Zimcosky's fast-paced narrative style and the unexpected twist and turns of the plot make for a thoroughly entertaining reading experience. The charismatic personality of Tom and his chemistry with his partner, Suzie drive the narrative forward. Zimcosky keeps his cards close to the chest and waits for the mystery to reveal itself until the end, making you turn the pages with eager anticipation of what's to come. Apart from Tom and Suzie, I also enjoyed the characters of Aaron and Sergei and found myself pleasantly surprised by the guest appearance of Karl Shad. The twist toward the end was out of the blue, as I can honestly say that I didn't see that coming. If you're a fan of sleuth stories, grab yourself a copy of Polish Dragon P. I. (The Good Book).

cat dancer

Another interesting mystery by Steve Zimcosky where the reader gets a short religious history lesson about the Russian Orthodox Church and the schism that took place separating the Roman Catholic Church from the Orthodox Churches. Interwoven is an old family bible, currently missing, that contains information potentially harmful to the church. Our PI extraordinaire Tom Sipowicz along with Detective Suzie Mandrake, plunge into discovering the truth while at the same time, learn how similar the two of them are.

Sandra Thomas

The storyline was exciting as they weave their way through the battery of questions eluding them (Suzie and Tom). While the end is thrilling I am hoping this isn't the end of this story!!!