Author: Digger Cartwright
Title: The Versailles Conspiracy
Genre(s): Literature and fiction; Contemporary fiction
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Review: The Versailles Conspiracy is an enthralling, fast paced, and well written murder mystery. The story begins with an introduction of Max Spalding who works as a building inspector in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In an effort to add to the local convention center through his position at the local commission, he must navigate the muddy water between pleasing the high-class society members and preventing any scandals from coming to the surface that may interrupt the project's process. However, all efforts on his part come to an abrupt halt when he dies in a tragic car accident. As the story progresses, readers discover little nuggets of insight about how deviant Max was in various aspects of his life. Digger highlights the setting of Myrtle Beach and the high class society through detailed descriptions; however, I did not find his descriptions to be too lengthy or unnecessary. Additionally, his style of revealing small amounts of information throughout the novel continuously peaked my interested in the characters and the overall plot. As a reader, I never felt bored or tired reading this story. Digger gives just enough intrigue to keep you interested and turning the page. I think you will enjoy The Versailles Conspiracy if you like murder mysteries that have twists throughout the entire plot and not just at the very end.
Book Description: "When a city building inspector is murdered, Lieutenant Wickland opens an investigation that stretches from the high society of local country clubs to The Flamingo Beachwear Store, whose Russian owner is suspected of selling counterfeit goods, to a mysterious international arms dealer to the notorious but elusive drug kingpin known simply as Mr. Grey. As the investigation takes them deeper into the backroom deals of the local good old boys and the net tightens around the crafty Russian with a loathing of America, Wickland and his colleague, Doug Graisco, are drawn into a web of international politics, deceit, and danger. As they navigate the complex web of intrigue to decipher who is who, they race against time, political roadblocks, and unexpected assailants to unlock the secrets of the Versailles conspiracy and stop an international incident that threatens global security."
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