A mother-and-son p.i. team demystify Satanic rituals.
Jason Wilder is so eager to meet up with a tall brunette and a short blonde, his gal pal Jenny and her kid Angelina, that he hustles the Midnight Detective Agency’s last visitor of the day out the door without paying him much attention. The next day, Elijah Messenger, the guy he gave the bum’s rush, is dead, and the mayor’s wacky daughter Anna is the prime suspect. With some prompting from his know-it-all mother Victoria and his band of loyal helpers, the Epic Hero Society, Jason tracks down Anna, loses her, finds her again and then sets to recreating the murder scene, a pentagram beside the river. Where was Messenger standing when an explosion went off and he was stabbed? Who was next to him? And so on. Archimedes, owner of Club Tantalus; Aurora, the psychic researcher; and Bob, Messenger’s true-blue acolyte, all seem to be in the clear, but evidence is mounting against Anna, whose fingerprint is on the knife. Was the fact that Messenger was a charlatan and a con artist reason enough to kill him? Are Archimedes, Aurora, and Bob really as innocent as they seem? A final reenactment solves the case and puts the local police forever in Jason’s debt.
Arch, implausible and irritating. A step down from Siverling’s debut, The Sterling Inheritance (2004).