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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
The Praying Mantis (Polish Dragon P. I.) by Steve Zimcosky is set in Cleveland. Tom Sipowicz, a private detective known as The Polish Dragon, takes on a case where he has to try to prevent a relic from being stolen by The Praying Mantis. With help from his partner, Suzie Mandrake, Tom discovers a valuable relic in a nearby church. He meets with Cleveland FBI agent Stacey Leung, who discusses the relic at St. Stanislaus Church. Father Clarence reports the relic stolen, and through his investigation, Tom discovers that the relic has been offered to The Gatherer, an antiquities trafficker in Krakow, Poland. Will Tom be able to prevent the theft and stop The Praying Mantis from stealing a valuable relic?
The Praying Mantis is an intriguing and unusual story. Author Steve Zimcosky has created a fast-paced page-turner that keeps the reader enthralled from beginning to end. I especially enjoyed this story because it is a short, quick read. The characters, including the PI, the FBI agent, and The Praying Mantis, are well-defined and easy to relate to. The story is smooth flowing and comfortable to follow but has interesting surprises, twists, and turns. The Praying Mantis contains no profanities or erotic scenes, making it suitable for people of all ages. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good sleuth story but doesn’t have much time to read. I look forward to enjoying more Polish Dragon PI mystery stories by this incredible author in the future.