Elysium Tide ~ Review

Elysium Tide
By James R. Hannibal

Dr. Peter Chesterfield may be the top neurosurgeon at the Royal London Hospital but his mouth and bedside manner have a knack for putting him at the bottom of everyone's least favorite person list. And now it has him forced to attend a "medical conference" (yawn) in Maui. His workaholic ways are standing in his way of enjoying the island paradise he's been forced to visit until he realizes that he needs to follow orders. But taking a stroll on the beach is anything but restful when he finds a woman in the water. Soon he is caught up in a murder investigation much to the annoyance of Detective Lisa Kealoha. 

Peter is determined to help Kelly get justice but getting involved puts him in the sights of the gangs that have moved to the islands from the mainland. Peter's insights and instincts might be helpful but they have also made him some major enemies - enemies who are determined to stop him and Lisa from getting to the truth. 

Elysium Tide is a bit different from previous books I've read by James R. Hannibal in that there isn't a "spy" component to the story. But there is the person who is out of their normal element in Peter coming from England to Hawaii. There are elements of mystery and betrayal going on. But who is betraying who is the big question?  There is a lot going on with plenty of potential targets and suspects and one needs to read carefully to try to figure out who is guilty before the conclusion (and it isn't easy). I liked how this book ended and that there was an opening left for the possibility of perhaps another book. I liked this book and even though, at times, the characters were a tad annoying I would love to take another book adventure with them.

 I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion - all thoughts expressed are my own.

About the Book:
Dr. Peter Chesterfield is the top neurosurgeon at the Royal London Hospital. He's also a workaholic, and after a blow-up with a colleague, his boss orders him to attend a medical symposium at the luxurious Elysium Grand on the island of Maui. During a midnight walk on the beach, Peter pulls a woman with a skull fracture from the water. Despite all his skill, she dies in his arms, leaving him with only one clue to what happened to her: the word "honu."

Obsessed with finding the cause of his patient's death--discovering what or who ripped the power over life and death from his surgeon's hands--Peter becomes entangled in an ongoing investigation. He also becomes a source of deep irritation to detective Lisa Kealoha, who has jurisdiction over the case.

The reluctant pair join forces, diving deep into Maui's evolving gang culture, and unearth a conspiracy that runs deeper than either could have imagined. Knowing too much is deadly--and they must catch the killer before the killer catches them.

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