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images (5)Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Fleeting Note, the third novel in Sherban Young’s light-hearted mystery series featuring Enescu Fleet and John P. Hathaway, brings the two sleuths together once again when Enescu invites Hath to attend a dinner party in honor of Romanian composer George Fleet–someone whom Enescu is not even related to. Each of the central characters has his or her own reasons for attending the party, but what no one expected was a dead body to “drop in” during dinner.

With his dying words being “Frank Sinatra,” John and friends find themselves with one potential clue and a murderer to catch. Could it have been Victoria, whose eyes are as blue as the crooner’s? Or Henry Pratt, whose mannerisms strongly resemble Frank Sinatra’s? Or what if the victim meant something else by his last words altogether?

While murder is no laughing matter, Young’s caper is filled with clever turns of phrase. As with Fleeting Memory, the first novel I read by Sherban Young, Fleeting Note has plenty of quirky characters, an intriguing mystery, and several side arcs to keep readers on their toes. I was especially amused by a musician who changed his name to something more exotic, and the kidnapped Maltese.

One of my concerns with reading Fleeting Memory had been some light punctuation errors, and I was pleased to see that Fleeting Note was nearly flawless. A great proofreader/editor helped make a good book even greater.

I recommend Sherban Young’s mystery caper series to readers who haven’t yet tried the genre, are looking for unique and fresh story lines, or who love to laugh out loud and who won’t get upset if they can’t figure out the killer’s identity before the sleuthing duo. I normally love to try to figure out “whodunnit,” but Hathaway’s narrative and his back-and-forth with Enescu is far too entertaining to simply gloss over; I like it so much I often have to back track to find out what happened with the killer.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Sherban Young. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.