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USA Today Best-Selling Author Blackmail, murder, and a pretty girl on the run Nevada’s attorney general is missing. At dusk on a deserted Nevada highway in a thunderstorm, ex-IRS agent and PI-in-training Mortimer Angel comes across a pretty, scantily-clad girl—Harper Leland. She’s cold and alone, thirty miles from the nearest town. When Mort offers her a ride, she orders hi USA Today Best-Selling Author Blackmail, murder, and a pretty girl on the run Nevada’s attorney general is missing. At dusk on a deserted Nevada highway in a thunderstorm, ex-IRS agent and PI-in-training Mortimer Angel comes across a pretty, scantily-clad girl—Harper Leland. She’s cold and alone, thirty miles from the nearest town. When Mort offers her a ride, she orders him out of his truck at gunpoint. She tries to take off, but he cuts the valve stem on the rear tire. Realizing she’s in trouble, he wants to help—but with no spare tire, he devises a creative way to get them out of the hills—slowly, precariously balanced on three tires. On their way down, a rough-looking man stops and asks Mort if he has “seen anyone up in the hills.” Mort realizes the guy is after Harper, who is hiding in the truck. Thus begins a cat-and-mouse chase in northeast Nevada that continues even after Mort finds the attorney general—Harper’s mother—dead in the trunk of a car. In time, Mort’s wife, Lucy, is also pulled into the case, which becomes the deadliest of Mort’s career. The perfect mix of John Sanford, Randy Wayne White, and Carl Hiaasen.


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USA Today Best-Selling Author Blackmail, murder, and a pretty girl on the run Nevada’s attorney general is missing. At dusk on a deserted Nevada highway in a thunderstorm, ex-IRS agent and PI-in-training Mortimer Angel comes across a pretty, scantily-clad girl—Harper Leland. She’s cold and alone, thirty miles from the nearest town. When Mort offers her a ride, she orders hi USA Today Best-Selling Author Blackmail, murder, and a pretty girl on the run Nevada’s attorney general is missing. At dusk on a deserted Nevada highway in a thunderstorm, ex-IRS agent and PI-in-training Mortimer Angel comes across a pretty, scantily-clad girl—Harper Leland. She’s cold and alone, thirty miles from the nearest town. When Mort offers her a ride, she orders him out of his truck at gunpoint. She tries to take off, but he cuts the valve stem on the rear tire. Realizing she’s in trouble, he wants to help—but with no spare tire, he devises a creative way to get them out of the hills—slowly, precariously balanced on three tires. On their way down, a rough-looking man stops and asks Mort if he has “seen anyone up in the hills.” Mort realizes the guy is after Harper, who is hiding in the truck. Thus begins a cat-and-mouse chase in northeast Nevada that continues even after Mort finds the attorney general—Harper’s mother—dead in the trunk of a car. In time, Mort’s wife, Lucy, is also pulled into the case, which becomes the deadliest of Mort’s career. The perfect mix of John Sanford, Randy Wayne White, and Carl Hiaasen.

30 review for Gumshoe in the Dark

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pat (not getting friend updates currently)

    That was good, different! Mortimer (Mort) Angel is a PI in training. His boss, the 60-odd year old Maude Clary (Ma) is as hard boiled as they come. I didn’t know this was a series and that this is book 5, but it doesn’t matter, it reads well as a stand alone which is what I thought it was until the blurb at the end! Mort has a talent for finding dead bodies or parts thereof for which Ma regularly threatens to fire him. In this book he is to locate one Elrood Wintergarden who has inherited a consi That was good, different! Mortimer (Mort) Angel is a PI in training. His boss, the 60-odd year old Maude Clary (Ma) is as hard boiled as they come. I didn’t know this was a series and that this is book 5, but it doesn’t matter, it reads well as a stand alone which is what I thought it was until the blurb at the end! Mort has a talent for finding dead bodies or parts thereof for which Ma regularly threatens to fire him. In this book he is to locate one Elrood Wintergarden who has inherited a considerable sum of money, but Elrood is leading him on a merry chase around Nevada as he scams money out of gullible young women before skipping to the next town and doing the same again. If only he knew...but chance would be a fine thing. While Mort is heading to Elrood’s last known location he stops to pick up a female hitchhiker. She is skimpily dressed and it is pouring rain. Now get your mind out if the gutter - Mort is a true gentleman and is happily married as he tells young Harper Leeman. Wait -who? Could it be the same Leeman whose mother disappeared a few days ago? Annette Leeman the Nevada Attorney General? Of course it is. And they have a very eventful trip to the next town. Soon they realise that a rather large man in a black pickup truck is following them. Mort rightly suspects he is after Harper because of who her mother is. So begins their cat and mouse trek across Nevada every which way as they try to locate Elrood and avoid the man in the black pickup. Harper stays with Mort as he feels she will be safer. Mort’s wife, Lucy, has gone to California to be with her mother for a medical procedure. But in true hard boiled fashion the bodies soon start to mount up and Mort and Harper and later Lucy herself fall victim to the pickup man and his even badder (according to him) brother who is ex SAS. You will laugh when you learn how Lucy gets them out of this pickle. But there are more pickles to come. I have to admit that I wasn’t too fond of Harper to start with but she soon grew on me. Mort is a real good guy but not a wimp, he would be a good husband which of course he is, to Lucy. She is a hoot and Ma, well, she is a law unto herself. The book was very entertaining with crisp, snappy dialogue a feature. It almost got a bit much at times but once the pickling started it got very suspenseful and the focus was more on the action than the witty repartee! I think I would call this a comedy thriller. Although there was death and danger it was not a dark book and there were no animals (other than the human kind) harmed. It was quite funny at times and I think it would appeal to a broad cross section of people. I received an advance review copy from Netgalley for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️

    Rob Leininger’s Gumshoe In The Dark is book #5 in the Mortimer Angel PI series and NO I haven’t read any other book in the series but was perfectly able to follow Mort and his investigation. Investigative thrillers are definitely not funny books but when you have authors who manage to write them with humor making the story so hilarious that half the time you are clutching your tummy coz of the stitches on your side, I would say that the author’s job is surely done. It is an incredible talent to s Rob Leininger’s Gumshoe In The Dark is book #5 in the Mortimer Angel PI series and NO I haven’t read any other book in the series but was perfectly able to follow Mort and his investigation. Investigative thrillers are definitely not funny books but when you have authors who manage to write them with humor making the story so hilarious that half the time you are clutching your tummy coz of the stitches on your side, I would say that the author’s job is surely done. It is an incredible talent to see the funny side of certain scenes which are otherwise quite grim. Imagine opening the trunk of a car and finding a dead body and all one can think of is Mort’s inner monologue about once again being infamous for having found a missing dead person. Obviously, the scene becomes 1000 shades lighter with that, and the reader is left chuckling instead of depressed and that is just one example in the book. The story in its entirety is filled with such scenes where humor reigns but hides the intriguing puzzle of chasing one case and ending with a more dangerous one that has Mort traveling the lonely roads of Nevada with a skimpily dressed Harper Leland on technically 2 ½ tires. Mortimer Angel comes across as this lovable cuddly bear who is pulled and pushed by females around him but is anything but. He is incredibly shrewd and brilliant and ready to take on the world to save the love of his life, Lucy, from any harm. The first part of the book was slow going establishing the basic details of both the cases but once the action begins, it was a whirlwind ride. I loved the character of Ma, the lady has such spunk and is ruthless to the core. Definitely, a series to enjoy if you love puzzling mysteries, hot girls, and a PI who goes into Zen-mode with all the nakedness on display. Understated brilliance ☂️☂️☂️☂️ Many thanks to Net Galley, Oceanview Publishing, and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily. This review is published in my blog https://rainnbooks.com/, Goodreads, Amazon India, Medium.com, Facebook, and Twitter.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    This is the fifth in the author's "Gumshoe" series, and my first; it stands alone quite well, in part because a fair amount of page time is devoted to reminisces, I guess you'd say, of events I assume took place in previous installments that gave me some idea of what went on before. In this one, what's going on is plenty. Former IRS agent Mortimer Angel, now training to become a fully licensed private detective in Nevada, has set out to find a wayward young man who has become, unbeknownst to him, This is the fifth in the author's "Gumshoe" series, and my first; it stands alone quite well, in part because a fair amount of page time is devoted to reminisces, I guess you'd say, of events I assume took place in previous installments that gave me some idea of what went on before. In this one, what's going on is plenty. Former IRS agent Mortimer Angel, now training to become a fully licensed private detective in Nevada, has set out to find a wayward young man who has become, unbeknownst to him, heir to a small fortune. On the road to find him and many miles from anything close to civilization, he can't resist stopping to help the beautiful Harper Leland, who's scantily clad and stranded in the rain. When she tries to hijack his truck, Mort quickly snips off a valve on one of the tires - effectively bringing her to a stop. When they learn the spare tire is flat as well, they have to get creative to get going or else spend the night on a lonely stretch of road. Realizing that they may be being followed, Mort concludes that Harper may be central to some of the suspicious things that seen to be happening to them (although she denies it). Amid all this, the state attorney general has gone missing and two teenagers have been murdered - with no connection that anyone has found. Mort stays on track to humor Harper and keep looking for the soon-to-be-rich kid while his mentor Maude Clary, an older woman who rules the office with an iron mouth, warns Mort over and over that if he finds another dead body (or any parts thereof), he's fired. Despite all of Mort's efforts, of course, he and Harper find mayhem and mayhem returns the favor - resulting in Mort's wife Lucy, who's got serious chops of her own in a number of areas (and inexplicably, more than willing to join in with the getting-naked jibes) meeting up with them. All three get stuck in some impossibly dangerous situations covered with plenty of blood and gore and only Mort's aforementioned creativity - combined with a few almost unbelievable contortions by Lucy - can hope to save them. Can they find out what's really going on before at least one of them bites the dust? I'll never tell, so if you want to find out, you'll just have to read the book (just for the record, I always advise starting at the beginning with any series, but you won't be disappointed if you opt for this one). Although I enjoyed this book overall, I must mention that after the first couple of chapters I grew weary of the unrelenting risque repartee between Mort and Harper. Yes, he's a healthy male and she's wearing dripping wet next to nothings, but he's also married, in his mid-40s and she's a five-year schoolteacher - both well beyond the years when bathroom banter is age-appropriate, at least in my mind. For a while, it was sort of amusing; but when it was still outdoing the Energizer Bunny at the 25% mark, I literally said to myself, "Okay - I'll give it one more chapter and if it doesn't stop, I will." Since you're reading this, it did - at least enough that I could find an actual plot to follow that was both interesting and intriguing. Thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for giving me the opportunity to read and review a pre-release copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Oceanview Publishing for an advance copy of Gumshoe in the Dark, the fifth novel to feature Reno PI Mortimer Angel. Mort is driving in rural Nevada when he stops for hitch hiker who then tries to carjack him at gunpoint. Resolving their differences Mort and Harper Leeland become acquainted in uncomfortable circumstances on their drive to Ely. Then they find Harper’s mother, Nevada’s AG, dead in the boot of a car and a strange man looking for them. I thoroughly e I would like to thank Netgalley and Oceanview Publishing for an advance copy of Gumshoe in the Dark, the fifth novel to feature Reno PI Mortimer Angel. Mort is driving in rural Nevada when he stops for hitch hiker who then tries to carjack him at gunpoint. Resolving their differences Mort and Harper Leeland become acquainted in uncomfortable circumstances on their drive to Ely. Then they find Harper’s mother, Nevada’s AG, dead in the boot of a car and a strange man looking for them. I thoroughly enjoyed Gumshoe in the Dark, which had me laughing from start to finish. It is told entirely from Mort’s point of view and as he has a special voice it makes the whole novel fun. He likes to portray himself as a put upon man, surrounded by strong, snarky women, but a) he loves it and b) he could do something about it if he really wanted to because Mort is not the mild mannered, respectful and slightly inept man he likes to say he is. He can be cunning, devious and smart when he needs to be. Still it’s a lot of fun watching the women mortify him, allegedly. The novel is also full of situational comedy, take the journey to Ely on three wheels for example. It is also a running gag in the series that Mort finds famous people murdered, hence the murdered AG. I’m not always big on situational comedy but the dialogue surrounding it in this novel always makes me laugh. The humour belies or at least disguises some some smart thinking in the plot. There are daft situations and deft solutions with some lateral thinking. I think there is some really clever thought involved to make it all funny, interesting and absorbing. I read it in one sitting, staying up way too late to do so. Gumshoe in the Dark is a good read that I have no hesitation in recommending.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

    I received a free electronic ARC of this great mystery novel on June 3, 2021, from Netgalley, Rob Leininger, and Oceanview Publishing. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. Leininger writes a tight, tidy tale with sly tugs at humor. This is the fifth in a series but stands alone. There are enough references to past cases that compel you to find them, however. He is an author I will wan I received a free electronic ARC of this great mystery novel on June 3, 2021, from Netgalley, Rob Leininger, and Oceanview Publishing. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. Leininger writes a tight, tidy tale with sly tugs at humor. This is the fifth in a series but stands alone. There are enough references to past cases that compel you to find them, however. He is an author I will want to follow. Mortimer Angel was for sixteen years a field thug for the IRS. When he got fed up with that, he decided to become a private investigator working out of his nephew's office in Reno, Nevada. He pictured a second career as a 'modern-day Sam Spade.' Or at least something like it. This case is an attempt to find a lost heir to a healthy fortune. He has still got 25 days of the 30 allowed for the 'lost boy' to file with the court or the money will all go to various no-kill shelters and animal rescue sites around the state. Seems Auntie knew the lost boy well. Mort is beginning to, as well. On his way to Las Vegas on a tip from a relative, Mort encounters a hitchhiker, a scantily dressed female named Harper who tries to hijack his ride. Things begin early on to get very complicated. And extremely compelling reading, late into the night. This is a series I will have to binge on. Hope you enjoy it, as well. Pub June 1, 2021 received June 3, 2021 Reviewed on June 19, 2021, at Goodreads, AmazonSmile, and Netgalley. On June 24, reviewed on Barnes&Noble, BookBub, Kobo, and GooglePlay.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    Trouble flocks to ex-IRS agent and PI trainee Mortimer Angel like pigeons to a statue. Or is that, beautiful babes flock to Mort? Following 2019’s GUMSHOE ROCK, trouble takes center stage in this fifth entry, since the Great Gumshoe is devoted to his wife. Mort mulls, “I’d thought that old post-IRS karma was defunct now that I’d married Lucy.” Mort is on the simple assignment of tracking down the schlemiel grandnephew of a forebear who had bequeathed him $680,000, if he is located within a month. Trouble flocks to ex-IRS agent and PI trainee Mortimer Angel like pigeons to a statue. Or is that, beautiful babes flock to Mort? Following 2019’s GUMSHOE ROCK, trouble takes center stage in this fifth entry, since the Great Gumshoe is devoted to his wife. Mort mulls, “I’d thought that old post-IRS karma was defunct now that I’d married Lucy.” Mort is on the simple assignment of tracking down the schlemiel grandnephew of a forebear who had bequeathed him $680,000, if he is located within a month. Otherwise, the stash goes to various no-kill animal shelters. Harper Leeman (a tribute to the author of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD) is 28 and alone on a rural road 30 miles from the nearest whistle-stop reminiscent of Lucille’s Roadhouse along Route 66, as a thunderstorm approaches --- a cold, dark and stormy night. What could possibly go wrong? Who could blame Mort for pulling over to aid a damsel in distress? Before he can exit his pickup, Harper points a pistol at him. Son of a…gun. He grabs his overnight bag and walks to the back of the truck, as instructed. Before she can hijack the pickup, Mort slices the tire valve: “Cut off a valve stem and tires go flat in a hurry.” That karma thing? The spare is flat. Whirlwind plot twists reveal that two local teens have gone missing, as has the Nevada attorney general, Harper’s estranged mom. Now, a sinister bruiser in a black behemoth vehicle asks if Mort has seen a gal matching Harper’s description. Nope! Mort fails to mention that she’s hiding in the truck. Harper sits on Mort’s lap to balance the three-wheeled vehicle, as they snail-pace it to a town without a motel. Things get worse --- or better --- depending upon perspective. Totally devoted to Lucy, Mort calls from a cell phone dead zone using an antiquated landline: “Got a real kickass story to tell you, babe.” That tale includes spending the night nude with Harper while their storm-soaked clothes tumble in a dryer. Lucy does, however, implicitly trust Mort. Simple math doesn’t add up, though. How long can it take to track down a feckless nephew? That, and multiply the sum by a missing attorney general and two vanished teens. Lucy’s intuition prompts a visit a few days later. Send in the cavalry. There is less humor and more intense thriller scenes here than in previous installments, making Mort my go-to gumshoe. Rob Leininger’s Gumshoe series is a magnificent PI mystery smorgasbord seasoned with elements of Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum. Reviewed by L. Dean Murphy

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    This is book #5 in the series. There are things mentioned that occurred in the previous book which I haven't read yet. While I wasn't that lost I would say that this is a series best read in order. This time the writer kicked things up a couple of notches. The trouble that Mort gets into is very dangerous. And the violence is more graphic. Great characters. There are 2 cases for Mort. One he was actually assigned which is chasing down a jiggilo/conman loser to inform him of an inheritance. The sec This is book #5 in the series. There are things mentioned that occurred in the previous book which I haven't read yet. While I wasn't that lost I would say that this is a series best read in order. This time the writer kicked things up a couple of notches. The trouble that Mort gets into is very dangerous. And the violence is more graphic. Great characters. There are 2 cases for Mort. One he was actually assigned which is chasing down a jiggilo/conman loser to inform him of an inheritance. The second is the one he stumbles into which involves the state attorney general. Lots of witty banter & clever humor with crazy situations that seem to only find Mort. Since leaving the IRS he's become a magnet for sexy women & dead bodies. I'm pretty sure that's not the usual for someone training to become a PI. There was also a suspenseful cat & mouse chase with the bad guys. No spoilers except to say that I consider myself fairly flexible but not even close to what happens in the book. YOWZA!!! Some exceptional quotes: "Sometimes investigations slog, but sometimes a piece breaks loose and the whole thing unravels like a cheap sweater."   “Hard to say why we got divorced. I was working for the IRS, which is like being given a daily dose of slow-acting poison that seeps in and turns you into a soulless thug. It might’ve been that.” “The IRS sounds like a wonderful career choice.” “I was stressed, unhappy, a little overweight. Not the best husband material at the time.” Anyway, I’m tough. I’m okay with large fast-moving bugs, spiders, and braless women. I let her hang on until she was ready to turn loose.  “Right. I’m gonna hit the shower. How’s the water?” “Wetter than usual. You’ll totally need a towel after. Just to get dry, though.” Thank you to NetGalley & Oceanview Publishing for a copy of the ARC in exchange for my review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    BookTrib.com

    Reading GUMSHOE IN THE DARK is like watching a comedy routine performed at gunpoint. Danger lurks just around the corner, but we can’t help but laugh at the witty back-and-forth between the characters. Readers who enjoy the lighter side of the dark side will love the comic relief that is the hallmark of Rob Leininger and Mortimer Angel. Read our full review here: https://booktrib.com/2021/06/01/book-... Reading GUMSHOE IN THE DARK is like watching a comedy routine performed at gunpoint. Danger lurks just around the corner, but we can’t help but laugh at the witty back-and-forth between the characters. Readers who enjoy the lighter side of the dark side will love the comic relief that is the hallmark of Rob Leininger and Mortimer Angel. Read our full review here: https://booktrib.com/2021/06/01/book-...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Set in Nevada, this book is very...unique. Really like the original witticisms and humorous bits. The author definitely has a particular way with words, the first sentence especially! Soon-to-be-PI Mortimer Angel driving his truck encounters a woman wearing a brief cm of clothing on the road. The rain is pelting down so he offers her a ride. The first chunk of the book describes the awkwardness and weirdness which ensues as she settles in for the ride. After she first tries to steal his truck, of Set in Nevada, this book is very...unique. Really like the original witticisms and humorous bits. The author definitely has a particular way with words, the first sentence especially! Soon-to-be-PI Mortimer Angel driving his truck encounters a woman wearing a brief cm of clothing on the road. The rain is pelting down so he offers her a ride. The first chunk of the book describes the awkwardness and weirdness which ensues as she settles in for the ride. After she first tries to steal his truck, of course. But he prevents that from happening and this act is the catalyst to much of the story. Harper is rather direct with words and actions which get them into all sorts of pickles. The attorney general with a link to Harper is found dead in a car trunk and adds twists to the case Mortimer is on. Lucy, Mortimer's new wife, is also forced into the debacle. I didn't love the relationship between Mortimer and Harper. I realize it was intended to be light and humorous but to me it just wasn't funny or believable. Perhaps reading other books in the series would have given me a better understanding of the characters' fit and roles. I came late to the game as this is my first introduction to Mortimer Angel et. al. I will try others by this author. Sometimes it takes a second or third book to get hooked! My sincere thank you to Oceanview Publishing and NetGalley for the e-ARC of this fun book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    CaraDico

    *Thank you to NetGalley, Oceanview Publishing and Rob Leininger for an ARC in exchange for an honest review* Previously published at https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/gu... Mortimer Angel worked sixteen years for the IRS as a field investigator. Fed up, he has decided to become a private investigator out of his nephew’s office in Reno, Nevada. He longs to be a modern day “Sam Spade” but what Mortimer Angel is, could only be called unique. He has a humorous voice that makes you laugh and cringe at *Thank you to NetGalley, Oceanview Publishing and Rob Leininger for an ARC in exchange for an honest review* Previously published at https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/gu... Mortimer Angel worked sixteen years for the IRS as a field investigator. Fed up, he has decided to become a private investigator out of his nephew’s office in Reno, Nevada. He longs to be a modern day “Sam Spade” but what Mortimer Angel is, could only be called unique. He has a humorous voice that makes you laugh and cringe at the same moment. Currently, he is trying to find a lost heir to a $680,000 fortune. He has 30 days to find the recipient, or the money goes to no-kill animal shelters. On his way to Las Vegas on a tip from a relative, Mort encounters Harper Leeman, a barely dressed hitchhiker who he stops to help, and she pulls a gun on him. Harper Leeman, in deference to Harper Lee, is alone on a rural road 30 miles from anywhere. As she tries to hijack his rental car, he cuts a valve stem and all the tires go flat. What could go wrong? Well, it turns out, the spare is flat as well. As Mort and Harper try to get along, they take the journey to Ely on three wheels in a very uncomfortable situation, with him sitting on his lap to balance the truck. Gumshoe in the Dark is a laugh-out-loud hilarious mystery, which makes it difficult to swallow the gravity of some situations in the book. Mort seems to have a knack for finding dead bodies and body parts, and he doesn’t disappoint in this book. It is just so fun to read. Strong women, including his wife, his boss, and his new cohort; Harp also surrounded him. While Mort likes to portray himself as well mannered and inept, he is actually very smart and can be devious. There is also a ton of crude humor, which can be funny but almost goes overboard. Mort and Harp seem to spend a lot of the book naked. Talking about being naked, or partially naked, which can be off-putting but is done humorously. There is quite a lot of discussion about body parts. Gumshoe in the Dark is the fifth book in the Mortimer Angel series and I am intrigued and delighted at finding this new character and series. There are some references to previous books in the series, but it is easy to follow along.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    The latest entry in the Mortimer Angel, P.I. (in training) series is heavy on the screwball comedy and light on the actual mystery. That happens in this series which is about a former IRS agent who chucked his old life to live out his fantasy of becoming a real private detective and, to the surprise of just about everyone, it all came true... Sort of. For reasons which are not exactly clear Mort has become a babe magnet (yes, it's a sexist, and dated term but, with tongue planted firmly in cheek The latest entry in the Mortimer Angel, P.I. (in training) series is heavy on the screwball comedy and light on the actual mystery. That happens in this series which is about a former IRS agent who chucked his old life to live out his fantasy of becoming a real private detective and, to the surprise of just about everyone, it all came true... Sort of. For reasons which are not exactly clear Mort has become a babe magnet (yes, it's a sexist, and dated term but, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, it absolutely applies to the situation), plus he has developed a knack for discovering missing persons of great notoriety. Actually he has developed a knack for discovering pieces of missing persons of great notoriety. To sum up - Mortimer Angel keeps bumbling into high profile cases despite his best efforts and having women falling for him in spite of his romantic ineptness. It's really a lot of fun. Don't jump in looking for "the point" of the story or waiting for it to kick in gear, this is a series where the journey is the story and the destination is just a happenstance. Think screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s. This is the fifth book in the series, since I've read them all with varying degrees of appreciation I feel confident in saying that this is a lesser effort. Fun but overlong and beats a few dead horses. You don't have to be familiar with the other books in the series but it would absolutely make a difference. There is adult language and situations but none of it is too extreme. Easily within a PG-13 rating. *** I received a free digital copy of this title from NetGalley.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Critter

    This book really wasn't for me. The plot felt like it was meandering and very little was going on at times. Mort, the main character, felt two-dimensional. The humor felt sexist. There was a lot of attention given to how little clothing the female secondary character was wearing as well as how hot she looked. I felt that the relationship between Harper and Mort was unbelievable and wasn't really fleshed out. The gruesome bits were well done and were some of the strongest parts of this book. The This book really wasn't for me. The plot felt like it was meandering and very little was going on at times. Mort, the main character, felt two-dimensional. The humor felt sexist. There was a lot of attention given to how little clothing the female secondary character was wearing as well as how hot she looked. I felt that the relationship between Harper and Mort was unbelievable and wasn't really fleshed out. The gruesome bits were well done and were some of the strongest parts of this book. The pacing was also great. Despite there being some good moments, a lot of this book didn't work well for me. I would like to thank Oceanview Publishing for providing me with an ARC.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christine Scotney

    Thoroughly enjoyed this P.I novel. I haven’t read any of the previous Gumshoe novels, I certainly will be now though. The plot was really good, there’s a gruesome scene or two, but definitely necessary and I don’t think over the top. Very well written and so easy to read and get carried away with the story. I love the banter between Mort, he is the PI, and Harper, the women he picks up in the rain in his truck, sometimes it doesn’t pay to pick up someone on the highway, you never know what is going Thoroughly enjoyed this P.I novel. I haven’t read any of the previous Gumshoe novels, I certainly will be now though. The plot was really good, there’s a gruesome scene or two, but definitely necessary and I don’t think over the top. Very well written and so easy to read and get carried away with the story. I love the banter between Mort, he is the PI, and Harper, the women he picks up in the rain in his truck, sometimes it doesn’t pay to pick up someone on the highway, you never know what is going to happen. Thanks to Netgalley and Oceanview publishing for this eARC in return for a voluntary review. Mort and Harper certainly made me laugh a lot.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tawney

    What is apparently meant as amusing situations and banter is tiresomely repetitious and juvenile. The plot is very slow to get going and is sometimes hindered by the amount of detail about what people are wearing or eating or what a piece of furniture looks like. As the plot picks up speed it gets better. The fact that I didn't enjoy the book doesn't mean others wouldn't and because of that I'll give it three stars. I received an ARC of this book compliments of Oceanview Publishing via NetGalley. What is apparently meant as amusing situations and banter is tiresomely repetitious and juvenile. The plot is very slow to get going and is sometimes hindered by the amount of detail about what people are wearing or eating or what a piece of furniture looks like. As the plot picks up speed it gets better. The fact that I didn't enjoy the book doesn't mean others wouldn't and because of that I'll give it three stars. I received an ARC of this book compliments of Oceanview Publishing via NetGalley.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I got an advanced copy of this book. I was curious as I’d never heard of the author before, but the blurb sounded interesting. What I got was a fast paced, incredibly witty roller coaster ride through Nevada, with lots of dead bodies and naked people and some of the best laughs I’ve had in a while. I believe this is the fifth book in the series and I’m definitely going to read the others. An excellent, quick and very funny read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nancy K.

    I love the Mortimer Angel character. He's a nerd, boy scout, sexist, and fearless protector all rolled into one. The plot dragged once in a while, but not enough to put me off. Always good for a hearty laugh. I love the Mortimer Angel character. He's a nerd, boy scout, sexist, and fearless protector all rolled into one. The plot dragged once in a while, but not enough to put me off. Always good for a hearty laugh.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael Levac

    Great characters and scintillating dialogue. I do worry about all Mort's concussions. Great characters and scintillating dialogue. I do worry about all Mort's concussions.

  18. 5 out of 5

    T Olsen

    The language here is a little over the top, and I like it very much. The characters are really great, and there's a good mystery in the plot. But then everything is ruined by some very strange and stupid decisions by the main character. If not, this would have been a great book. The language here is a little over the top, and I like it very much. The characters are really great, and there's a good mystery in the plot. But then everything is ruined by some very strange and stupid decisions by the main character. If not, this would have been a great book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    MK

    Terrific 1st sentence! I was instantly hooked. Loved the wisecracks, and they just kept getting better, all the way to the end. “As unexpected as a frog in a wineglass.” At Chapter 8 the action picked up and kept going. Chapters 2-7 would have been better condensed into 1 short chapter, but it didn’t take long to get past that. This is the latest installment in the Mortimer Angel, P.I. series. My first foray into the series will definitely not be my last. Thank you to Oceanview Publishing and NetGal Terrific 1st sentence! I was instantly hooked. Loved the wisecracks, and they just kept getting better, all the way to the end. “As unexpected as a frog in a wineglass.” At Chapter 8 the action picked up and kept going. Chapters 2-7 would have been better condensed into 1 short chapter, but it didn’t take long to get past that. This is the latest installment in the Mortimer Angel, P.I. series. My first foray into the series will definitely not be my last. Thank you to Oceanview Publishing and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I had a conversation once with an author of very dark noirs. I told him I thought it would be fun to write a cozy detective story about a vicious hammer killer. We both had fun with the idea though I think we both knew that neither of us would ever write it. Now we don't have to. Gumshoe In The Dark is pretty much that book. The first half of the book is an "It happened One Night"style hitchhiker story with lots of cute banter and sexually charged situations. Very light, very cozy, actually very I had a conversation once with an author of very dark noirs. I told him I thought it would be fun to write a cozy detective story about a vicious hammer killer. We both had fun with the idea though I think we both knew that neither of us would ever write it. Now we don't have to. Gumshoe In The Dark is pretty much that book. The first half of the book is an "It happened One Night"style hitchhiker story with lots of cute banter and sexually charged situations. Very light, very cozy, actually very well-written.. The second half is violent and filled with brutal killings and predicament bondage, also very well-written. Both halves of the story keep the pages turning quite briskly. This is the fifth installment in the Gumshoe series (I've read all but Gumshoe for Two) and this is pretty much how it goes in each of them. Very light until they get very dark. I would prefer a more consistent tone somewhere in the middle but I have to admit that they're all very readable. I'd like to thank NetGalley for the advanced copy of Gumshoe in the Dark on which I based my review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jean-Luc

    Gee-Whiz! Only Rob Leiningen could make a trip through the boring landscape of Northern Nevada so wickedly funny! Once again the genial Mortimer has blindingly entered the lion's den and of course a bloody mayhem ensues. A twisty plot, razor sharp dialogues, characters gone bonkers, plenty of guns, violence, blood, kidnapping, nudity....Name it. This 5th installment of the Mortimer Angel Series is hilariously good and it got me into trouble because I was laughing too much at 4am. So be aware of y Gee-Whiz! Only Rob Leiningen could make a trip through the boring landscape of Northern Nevada so wickedly funny! Once again the genial Mortimer has blindingly entered the lion's den and of course a bloody mayhem ensues. A twisty plot, razor sharp dialogues, characters gone bonkers, plenty of guns, violence, blood, kidnapping, nudity....Name it. This 5th installment of the Mortimer Angel Series is hilariously good and it got me into trouble because I was laughing too much at 4am. So be aware of your surroundings before diving into this delicious madness...To be enjoyed without moderation! Many thanks to Netgalley and Oceanview Publishing for the opportunity to read this wonderful novel prior to its release date

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    I'm new to this author and series, but I enjoyed this. While a bit cozy, it does contain violence. The author seems to be in his element with the lead character and the story. I'll have to circle back to the earlier books in the series. Recommended. Thanks very much for the ARC for review!! I'm new to this author and series, but I enjoyed this. While a bit cozy, it does contain violence. The author seems to be in his element with the lead character and the story. I'll have to circle back to the earlier books in the series. Recommended. Thanks very much for the ARC for review!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Brougham

  24. 5 out of 5

    diane welch

  25. 5 out of 5

    Yvon Lafortune

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mike Lancaster

  27. 4 out of 5

    D

  28. 4 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jim Stockton

  30. 5 out of 5

    Thieving Magpie

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