Pilate's Key Book Review
J. Alexander Greenwood’s book, Pilate’s Key is the second book in the John Pilate series. (I love the cover art!) The main character, John Pilate, seems to keep finding new perils to get himself into without even trying. With hints of what happened in the first book about shootings and events that John just seemed to “fall into” without trying, in the second book, we find John has decided to take a break and visit Key West to write a book about what happened back home. Product was received for review purposes and this post may contain affiliate links.
The characters are easy to follow, and easy to get to know, even having skipped the first book (which was hard for me – I like to do things in order!). Right away John finds himself the witness to a gory murder, and in the middle of a mystery. John is endearing and finds friends in Key West quickly, in a local bartender to a random woman on the beach. With the return of his love interest Kate and a few friends from back home – he finds a few new confidants in Key West including a friend “Taters” who brings humor to the story line, and a local cop, Kay, who brings some… let’s just say… female relationship to the book.
Having skipped the first book, I was able to jump into the middle with the second book without much trouble. I did have a little trouble understanding the relationship between John and his girlfriend he had left back home in Nebraska when he cheated on her with Kay while in Key West – it was hard to understand the seriousness of the relationship – but in the end of the book, it becomes pretty clear (and kind of a shock).
The mystery of what John has gotten himself into is what kept me reading. The danger, drama, and weird situations that John gets into are of no shortage. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to read a mystery – and with 206 pages – it was a pretty quick read.
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