Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ace Collins's The Yellow Packard ~ Reviewed

By Ace Collins
Published By Barbour Books
320 Pages

Back Cover: Buckle up for intrigue and adventure in scenic Depression-era America. George Hall, a draftsman, buys a 1936 Packard sedan from the estate of spinster Abigale Watling in Oakwood, Illinois. At first, the car brings George, his wife Jean, and their daughter Rose an unexpected boon. But tragedy follows when Rose is kidnapped. The auto then comes into the possession of salesman William Landers, FBI agent Helen Meeker, and serviceman James Coffman’s family. As clues to the kidnapping caper come to light, more than one life is in jeopardy. Will Agent Meeker catch the culprit before it’s too late?

Review: Ace delivers a story with a great blend of suspense, mystery, romance and quirky characters that captured my curiosity in this intriguing who-done-it?

Mystery and legend surround the Yellow Packard just like those of the Hope Diamond owners. Disaster befalls this car right from the assembly line! Everyone is a little freaked by the car and the first owner gets the car at a great price because of it.  The owner’s thankful for a way to get to and from work. The car is way more than he had hoped for his family.

Ace brings to life a cast of colorful characters I became attached to, rooted for, rejoiced with in their triumphs and felt sad for them in their tears of tragedy. The author brilliantly weaves in elements of yester year and I adored the sense of small town community, where everyone knows your name. 

I’m thankful to have received a review copy of a story that was compelling, pulled at my heart strings, was filled with surprises, and left me with a smile on my face and a satisfied ending. I highly recommend it.

Reviewed by: Nora St.Laurent

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