Thursday, August 11, 2011

Review: Fleeting Memory by Sherban Young

ISBN #: 978-1463602017
Page Count: 234
Copyright: 2011

Book Summary:
(Taken from back cover)

The answer lies with Keats... With these cryptic last words, the man sprawled out on the floor of the rustic cabin expires - murdered. What could he have meant? Why Keats? Which answer? (For that matter, what was the question?)

All this and more passes through the mind of the young householder who discovers the body. If only he knew the guy's name. Or anybody's name. Including his own...

Two amnesia victims, two couriers without a package, two dead bodies (or rather one body dead twice), and one cryptic message regarding the poet Keats.

When retired private eye Enescu Fleet agreed to help out his daughter and compete in an exciting new game show called Deadly Allusions, he never would have thought it would become quite so deadly.  Fortunately the unflappable detective is up to the challenge.  The show must go on and what the show needs most of all is the world’s best puzzle-solving PI.  Or two.

Charlene's Review:

The main character is having a very bad day. He encounters a strange, beautiful blonde remember his name or anything in the past. All in the first 8 pages. With the help of a stranger, Enescu Fleet, a retired PI, he embarks on a journey to solve the mysteries.
Not normally a huge fan of mystery stories, I read Fleeting Memory straight through.
Hooked from the first chapter, I love Mr. Young’s writing style. Slightly acerbic, tastefully sarcastic, and largely humorous, all combined to make this a delightful read.

The plot is straight-forward, but leaves a lot to the mystery that is wrapped up, very nicely, in the last chapter. The literary erudite will appreciate the scattered clues that they may, or may not, follow. Dead bodies that don’t always stay dead, and some that do. Fleeting Memory reminded me of an old detective show, with more than a dash of comedy. Definitely recommend this book to any mystery fans that like their reading light and fun!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your positive review of Mr. Young's book Fleeting Memory.

    Fleeting Memory recently was selected by Kirkus Reviews as a "Best of 2011..." in the category of Quick-Witted. I will be happy to send you the press release announcing that honor if you will EMail me at

    Fleeting Memory is not just the latest mystery caper from Mr. Young, it also is the first book in his new detective series. I am sure you will enjoy reading what mischief these witty and charming oddball characters get up to next. Please EMail me if you would be interested in reviewing the next book in the series.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Sam Larson


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