MYSTERY

Breaking the Dance

Midnight Ink. (World of Spies, Bk. 2). May 2019. 360p. ISBN 9780738756547. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738756974. M
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After their adventures in Ireland (Beyond the Pale), college professors Finn and Hollis Larsson are a little bored. Then, Hollis's grad assistant hands her a plain envelope with passports in it. The pictures are theirs, but the names are Tim and Janet McCabe, and there's a note in Spanish warning them a friend is in trouble. They wake in the middle of the night to find a spy making tea for them and a dead man in their living room. Can it get worse? Yes, they're kidnapped, flown in a private jet to Argentina, and greeted as if they were there to handle a secret assignment. Only in their strange world is a hotel room filled with "a couple of Dutch honeymooners, an Irish art thief, a South African spy, and two American college professors" who are all trying to help a young couple in love. This mystery goes off the tracks early, and readers will be as confused as Finn and Hollis, trying to determine what is the actual assignment.
VERDICT While the first in the series was fast paced and charming, this second entry drags. The two amateur spies are lovable, but only readers determined to keep up with Finn and Hollis will finish this long-winded book.

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