Anyone seeking an exciting mystery story will no doubt enjoy the latest offering from Tami Hoag (Dust To Dust, Prior Bad Acts) entitled The Alibi Man. Hoag revisits the character of Elena Estes, a former policewoman disowned by her elitist Palm Beach family turned P.I. (though she claims the contrary) who investigates the murder of her friend Irina Markova.
The captivating novel opens with Estes finding Irina’s body floating in a South Florida canal near the horse stable where they once worked together. With help from her former lover, detective James Landry, Estes goes headlong into the case, which leads her in the direction her ex-fiancé, Bennett Walker, and Russian mobster Alexi Kulak. But there is more. She is thrust back into Palm Beach’s high society of the super rich where a multitude of characters emerge as possible suspects. What Estes thought was simply an alibi man evolves into an alibi club in this taut, riveting novel.
A tough-talking character like Estes can’t help but endear herself to you. She’s smart and sassy – and a cynic, too. It all makes her feel real and makes the reader fly through the chapters or glued to their audio player. The production of this audio book is top-notch, and Beth McDonald’s narration is excellent; she really nails Estes tone. She also does a great job handling multiple accents in believable fashion. Overall, The Alibi Man is a tremendously engrossing tale filled with Hoag’s trademark witty dialogue and descriptive prose performed in superb fashion by McDonald, making for a great audio experience. Even if you’ve read the book, you might want to pick up the audio version to enjoy it all over again. If you’ve never read Tami Hoag before, this is the one to pick up for sure. An excellent and enjoyable thriller for all mystery fans.