Copper and Goldie
Rosemary & Larry Mild
Magic Island Literary Works, September 2019
On the cover of the book it states – 13 Tails of Mystery and Suspense in Hawai’i. In the first of the 13 short stories we meet Sam Nahoe, a Detective Sergeant in the Homicide unit of the Honolulu Police Department, who with his partner have been called out to check on a man who his neighbour says hasn’t been answering his phone or her knocks on his door. The detectives break into the apartment and find the man is dead, shot in the back while sitting at his desk.
The Detectives call in the forensic team and then proceed to check the apartment for clues. The following day, armed with evidence, they return to the apartment building, but things go awry and in an attempt to save his partner from being shot, Sam takes the bullet.
After months of rehab Sam has to make a difficult decision which sets him on a new path.
Each story involves Sam, now a cab driver with a new partner, Goldie, a Golden Retriever. He and Goldie drive around town in search of fares and find themselves dealing with a variety of people including robbers, kidnappers and vengeful wives.
Together Sam and Goldie are up to the challenge and the stories of their encounters with various criminals and how they deal with them is light-hearted fun and an easy read. Perfect to pass the time on a plane, bus or train ride. And what could be better than taking a few cab rides around the beautiful island of O’ahu solving mysteries.
Reviewed by guest reviewer Moyra Tarling, January 2020.