Elysium Tide by James R. Hannibal | Suspense Review

Elysium Tide by James R. Hannibal


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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My Thoughts

James Hannibal's writing just gets better and better. I think I've read all of his previous books and after each one I've said it's my favorite. Well guess what . . . this is now my favorite! Mr. Hannibal has a writing style that is similar to some of my favorite classical mystery writers. The plots are complex and the characters are engaging.

In this story I became completely enamored by the two doctors, Dr. Peter Chesterfield and Dr. Tua Iona. Dr. Chesterfield is a prominent neurosurgeon and Dr. Iona appears to be a simple resort doctor. But Dr. Iona has a wealth of knowledge to pass on that Dr. Chesterfield doesn't even know he needs.

The suspense/mystery aspect of the story involves detective Lisa Kealoha. She's a native to the island and has a lot to prove. Her past is a bit checkered and she's determined to redeem that. A particular gang has infiltrated the island and Lisa is determined to get to the bottom of it and eradicate their presence. 

By total happenstance Dr. Chesterfield becomes involved in detective Kealoha's investigation. She's not happy with the situation. But Dr. Chesterfield is trained to notice what it out of place and his insights are valuable, but annoying.

The untwisting of the complex plot was fascinating and if the ending is any indication there will be other books with these characters. I'm very excited about that. This particular mystery is solved but others are left dangling, drawing us to the next book. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with a dash of suspense.

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I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.


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