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The Venetian Policeman (Case #3)

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The Venetian Policeman (Case #3)

As the Missing Persons series continues, sisters Sophie and Sam maintain their lives under assumed identities (and bleached hair) in tiny Venice, Indiana. As detectives, they pursue two separate mysteries in THE VENETIAN POLICEMAN. Gus, the girls' boss at the detective agency, who is never exactly a poster child for clean living, has gone downhill. He's drunker than usual and in a foul mood. The girls are amazed to hear that Gus has a son, Jack, and that it's his birthday. Gus has never mentioned Jack, who has been missing for years. Sophie and Sam, watching Gus disintegrate before their very eyes, are determined to find Jack and reunite him with his father.

The sisters find photos of Jack. What do you know? Unlike his shambling father, Jack is hunkalicious! When Sophie comments on his studliness, her friend Colin insists that Jack is old enough to be Sophie's grandfather (at 21 --- I'm so sure!).

Meanwhile, the sisters befriend a stray cat and name her Zayde. Sophie's best friend Mackenzie's cat disappears, and so does the dog of another friend. One by one, pets vanish from Venice. The police suspect someone near and dear to Sophie and Sam. The two girls must prove that that person isn't guilty by finding the pet-napper themselves.

Before their search for Jack continues, Sam's boyfriend starts to ask her questions about their past. Does he suspect they're missing persons? And why does Colin suddenly want to speak seriously with Sophie? Could he also have suspicions about the sisters?

THE VENETIAN POLICEMAN is another thoroughly enjoyable read, with plenty of attitude from Sophie. Both mysteries have clever twists --- unexpected, even for true mystery connoisseurs. This book has just a hint more romance than the previous two. The love threads don't overpower the plot, but instead add to it in a most satisfying way.

Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on August 19, 2004

The Venetian Policeman (Case #3)
by M. E. Rabb

  • Publication Date: August 19, 2004
  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Speak
  • ISBN-10: 0142500437
  • ISBN-13: 9780142500439