Switcheroo by Herbert P. Holeman

Switcheroo by Herbert P. Holeman
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (178 Pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

When environmentalism clashes with financial treachery, the results can be murder…

A nature advocate, Erin Archer, is working to restore a now-flooded and dammed up Hetch Hetchy Valley in the Yosemite National Park to its original state. When her father, a private investigator and experienced mountaineer, dies in a rock-climbing fall, Erin doesn’t believe it’s an accident. Determined to find the truth, she uncovers a connection between her father’s last case and Nick Oliver, a business intelligence analyst.

Fired from his job in San Francisco, Nick is seeking refuge in the coastal redwoods when Erin brings his solace to a jolting end. Even though he doesn’t think his work has any connection to her father’s death, Nick can’t resist her plea for help.

However, Nick and Erin’s sleuthing begins to make someone very nervous…and dangerous. Just how far is that someone willing to go to hide the truth?

Nick Oliver is fired from his job as a business intelligence analyst with no reasons given. Nick sees this as a chance to rethink the direction his life is going in and so he heads off to the coastal redwoods to relax and get a better perspective on his life. But then he meets Erin Archer who is convinced that her father’s death was not an accident and she asks Nick to help her find out who killed her father.

Switcheroo is an exciting, fast-paced mystery. Erin and Nick are both good detectives and they stir up a lot of trouble as they seek to find the answer to Erin’s father’s death. Soon they are being tailed and threatened by a pair of low life private eyes. I liked both Erin and Nick and I was quickly caught up in the mystery, trying to figure things out right along with them. The mystery takes a number of turns along the way, but I didn’t figure out who did it until the very end. The plot was well-crafted and the pacing was good.

There is also a wealth of environmental history given in the novel, and I found this both timely and interesting. In addition, the world of business intelligence analysis was revealed and again, it was a real eye-opener. While I was enjoying the mystery, I also learned a lot about both fields, and that makes for a great combination in my opinion.

The setting is described with excellent details so that I felt as if I were right in San Francisco or the coastal redwoods. The atmosphere is complete and very realistic. There are a number of minor characters, several of whom are portrayed with depth and richness so that the entire novel feels very lifelike and authentic.

Mystery lovers are sure to enjoy Switcheroo. Keeping track of the twists and turns as Nick and Erin try to solve the puzzle is a ride well worth taking.

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