Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Darcy Farthing Novel Coming Soon

The Adventure Continues
I'm in the final stages of editing the manuscript for Current Assets, the third Darcy Farthing adventure novel. I am grateful to my manuscript readers who are providing excellent comments, and to all the fans of Darcy, Mick, and the gang. The books are available on at and on 

First in Series: The Adventure Begins

I expect to release Current Assets by August. I wonder if third time is a charm works for novels? Darcy Farthing is not a household name yet, but who knows what might happen in the future.

Here is an advance review of Current Assets
 by author Diane Rapp. Check out her books at

Having enjoyed the first two novels in Arleen Alleman’s mystery series, I was anxious to read an advance copy of Current Assets. Arleen wrote another fascinating novel! The characters take a short luxury cruise down to the western Caribbean, but the story mainly takes place on Marco Island, off the Florida coast. Alleman brings back familiar characters from the first two novels, making established readers feel like they dropped in for a visit with old friends. We care about these characters, understand their flaws, and hope they work out their complicated relationships. New readers are given enough back-story so they won’t wonder what happened earlier.

The plot has plenty of intrigue and adventure, nail biting scenes, and charming descriptions of Marco Island. The action starts when Tom Smythe shoots a fellow police officer, and Mick scrambles to help prove the shooting was self-defense. Mick recently found record keeping problems with records of police asset forfeiture sales in Florida and realizes that Tom found another case of police corruption. The book explains how criminals forfeit cash, jewelry, vehicles, and real estate connected with their crimes. Individuals in police departments might “lose” paperwork to sell those assets for personal gain.

Arleen Alleman always does her homework. She weaves real facts into a sophisticated narrative, keeping readers on the edge of our chairs until we finish the story. Her new characters are well developed and suspense builds throughout the novel. Why would honest citizens turn to crime? Will Mick be able to prove Tom’s innocence when the only witness is the injured officer? As bodies start to fall, we worry that Darcy’s curiosity might get her killed.

Readers also learn about Darcy’s personal life. We imagine pouring a cup of tea and sitting on the deck while manatees move through the nearby canal. We enjoy hearing about Darcy’s love life and her tenuous relationship with her daughter. After all, Darcy is an old friend and we just dropped by for a visit.

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