This is a nice, quick book. The short mystery will keep you occupied and entertained, and is the perfect length for a commute. I enjoyed the narration, and would he interested in listening to something longer by the same narrator. The main reason I didn't give it five stars is that I really wish it was longer with more substance. I didn't feel like I had enough time to really dig into these characters.
The Case of the Deadly Ring - "Listen to this boss, a stranger from a distant land will enter your life. He will seek out your counsel on matters of health or religion," Steele snickered as he shook his head. "Sugar Bear, would you please give it up? Those things are never right." Sugar Bear's mood was deflated. Oh, was Steele wrong. It wasn't long before he was paid a visit from Julius DiBona from the Vatican City, Rome, with a mystery to solve and a very short time in which it had to be done. The Case of the Death Dealer - "There's a guy, a big time drug dealer named Fat Daddy. Him and some chemist got into a thing in Florida about 6 months ago about manufacturing a large quantity of pills, probably Esctasy. anyway it ended badly and Fat Daddy had his sister offed. Now the doctor is after Fat Daddy's next coke shipment. If it's true, and it works, folks for Philly to Maryland are gonna start dropping dead within 48 hours after using the drug. Steele had grown up with Trench and learned to despise him. He was bad news but how could Steele not help prevent hundreds of deaths. But again, time was running out since the shipment could come in at any time and even already be in and just waiting for distribution. Alexander Steele and the Legacy of Death - It had been nearly 20 years since the double murder that spawned dozens of rumors and never ending gossip. Some say the murders of the Mt. Airy barber shop owner and his South Philly girlfriend were the results of a love triangle gone bad; while others whispered strange tales of mysticism and witchcraft. No matter what story you believe they all say there is a treasure hidden within the dilapidated old building. Steele has decided to expand his club by renovating the old barber shop which was right next door. But all work stops when Julia walks into the club. Julia was the daughter of the murdered woman and she is in need of Steele's help to help save the restaurant she inherited from her mother and the only way to do this is by finding the missing money. Alexander Steele tells everyone he is retired from the detective agency work and is now just an upscale club owner but his reputation for success seems to prevent his retirement. His fast actions and quick thinking keep him telling himself, just this one last case. As I read these 3 stories I wanted more. I wanted to know more about his best friends Sugar Bear, Roger the Philosopher and Stan his computer man. I wanted to see him in action in a full book story. Author Lawrence Johnson has started that story and I'm really looking forward to him finishing. I can see a possible Alex Cross set of books in the future.
This was a juvenated and great story with the detective Alexander Steele. Steele is so good at solving even the most; what seems to be unsolvable cases. The Case of the Deadly Ring will capture you until the very end. Any one of Lawrence Johnson's Sr. mysteries is a must read. I just couldn't put it down until the end.