Possum Belly Queen by Robert O’Hanneson, published by Oak Tree Press, 232 pages.
This is not a cozy by any means, despite the title. I bought the book for a several reasons, I recently met Bob and his lovely wife at the PSWA conference, it was published by Oak Tree which also publishes my Rocky Bluff P.D. series, and last but certainly not least, I wanted to find out what the title meant.
It didn’t take me long to find out that the story is about missing girls and carnivals. Andy Zartanian sells rides to amusement parks and carnivals and though he knows a lot about the venue he doesn’t much like carnie life. With some reluctance, he takes on the job of trying to locate a missing granddaughter who may or may not be somehow involved with a carnival.
The plot is unusual, the settings are even more unusual, and as you read you’ll recognize the fact that the author has personal knowledge of carnivals and the rides that make them so popular. He brings to life the sights, sounds and smells of the midway and what goes on behind the scenes of the amusement parks. The non-stop action kept me turning pages as Andy searches for the missing girl in this fresh and remarkable thriller.
--Marilyn Meredith, under the name, F. M. Meredith, author of Angel Lost.