An Unfolding Trap by Jo Hiestand
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (290 PAGES)
Rating: 4 stars
Review by Rose
Since his infancy, Michael McLaren has been the target of his paternal grandfather’s anger. So when the patriarch sends an invitation to heal the rift, McLaren travels to Scotland, eager to meet and finally end the feud. But the welcome never happens. If Grandfather hadn’t invited him, who had? And why?
In Edinburgh, a man standing beside McLaren in a bus queue is killed in a hit-and-run accident. After an attack leaves McLaren for dead on a wintry moor, he’s convinced someone from his past is trying to murder him.
As McLaren trails the hit-and-run driver from the medieval ‘underground city’ of Edinburgh to the Boar’s Rock ⎯ the MacLaren Clan’s ancestral meeting place ⎯ the assaults intensify, and he’s plunged into a very personal hunt for a World War II treasure. The puzzle is fascinating; he just has to stay alive to solve it.
This is the 5th book in the McClaren Mystery series, but if you haven’t read the others, don’t let that stop you from picking this one up. It’s the first book in the series I’ve read, and I had absolutely no trouble with the book. There were some undercurrants among the characters that would probably be explained if I’d read the previous books, but the mystery itself resolved nicely. That being said, I’m definitely going to be picking up the other books in the series as I really enjoyed McLaren.
I don’t want to say too much about the plot of this book, to avoid spoilers—it is a mystery, after all, and you don’t want that spoiled. Suffice it to say Ms. Hiestand does a masterful job at solving the case which turns out to be a lot more complicated than it appeared on the surface.
I liked the main character—Michael McClaren is a former policeman turned private detective, but this time the mystery he’s solving is a lot more personal. He’s not perfect, but he is good at solving puzzles—this one is multi-faceted, but McClaren is definitely up for the job. A solid entry in the mystery category!