Thursday, May 27, 2021

Book Review: The Cambodian Book of the Dead by Tom Vater

The Cambodian Book of the Dead: A Detective Maier Mystery (The Detective Maier Mystery Series 1) by [Tom Vater]     Maier was once a war-time journalist who decided to call it quits when his friend and guide was blown up in Cambodia. One death too many. However, the thrill of his previous life led him to be a private detective. Too bad his new client may be the last one he ever takes, especially placing him right back in the country he left so long ago. 

    A rich coffee company heir left Germany to go open a diving business in Cambodia and his mom wants him to come home and take over as he should. It is up to Maier to go, find out what is keeping him there, and make him an offer he can't refuse. 

    Under the guise of becoming a real estate investor Maier hopes to get in good with the locals. However, what lies in wait for him is a haunting past and is bigger than he could have anticipated. It may even mean the end of his life. Will Maier be able to solve his case or even escape with his life? 

    This book....this book. Where to begin. It has a lot of facts in it. I didn't fact check them. Didn't really have the desire to if we are being honest here and that is the point of reviews, right? If we take out all of the random facts and we just plot this, I liked it. Without the facts and history lessons we have a fast paced book with lots of action that could have happened very easily. A suspenseful thriller as it were. This book has strong Stieg Larrson vibes. With the addition of all of those facts it was like I was reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo all over again. If you are a Sieg Larrson fan then you will enjoy this book.  If you are not then maybe you will if you ignore all the trivia. 

    This book is available on Amazon for $2.99 or free with Kindle Unlimited by clicking here.

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