Great New PI Mystery from D.P. Lyle, DEEP SIX, an Alabama Case
With a publisher name like Oceanview, it’s easy to suspect the new detective title from D.P. Lyle might be set in Florida — but no, even better, it’s on Alabama’s Gulf Coast and it’s a lively investigation laced with both humor and danger.
And expertise! D.P. Lyle isn’t just an award-winning author of crime fiction. He’s also a forensics expert consulting for the top TV crime shows and is the expert I’d most like to know was coming to a crime-novel dinner party, because he’s quick to correct the scenes and the reasoning. In other words, his firearms and ‘tec services make sense. Thank goodness!
But who knew (from that background) that he could also be so entertaining? Well, the truth is, although I take note of his forensic pointers regularly, this is the first time I’ve read one of his crime novels … and I’m going to have to gather up some of the others soon. There are already three series (see Lyle’s website) and DEEP SIX launches the fourth.
Jake Longly is a former pro baseball player, and the last thing he wants to do is work in the family business, private investigations, for his dad Ray. But he’s not above taking an occasional surveillance job for a bit of cash flow. Unfortunately, checking on a possible womanizer for his father’s caseload puts Jake into the neighborhood of his suspicious and assaultive ex, who’s good with a baseball bat. Escape from the situation takes Jake and his classic car directly into the circle of a gorgeous beach bunny, Nicole, who turns out to also be a very smart script writer — and eager to assist in “surveilling” while also, umm, taking part in adult activities with Jake.
Add a Ukrainian mobster, a high-money land grab, and some deft legal and risk-taking twists, and it looks like Jake Longly could get hooked on the adventurous side of his dad’s PI business, after all. That is, if he and Nicole can survive!
With a quick pace, great scenes, and “murder and mayhem” right and left, DEEP SIX promises a lively new series ahead for D.P. Lyle and Oceanview. Add it to the summer reading stack, for sure!