The Pub by Peggy Cole - A Book Review
The Pub is a mystery novel filled with intrigue and deceit. Joe Mitchell correctly sees her job as a teller at the local bank as a dead end. This is made clear to her, when the bank’s male security guard is promoted to head teller. Her fate would be forever altered, when the manager of a local eatery offers her a bookkeeper’s job. This lady's man had more than accounting on his mind.
Joe was hired to keep track of the debits and credits of the workings of the restaurant and lounge. When the manager who hires her disappears, everything changes. Before long each of the staff begins to circle Joe Mitchell. She soon finds herself working day and night, and the quiet of an accounting life, is traded in for fast men, faster women and adrenaline pumping action.
The lunch trade at The Pub caters to the local business clientele, but things heat up in the evenings when the snowbirds go on the prowl, after their days spent with their boats and their sunscreen, in the Florida sunshine. It is not long before Joe is drawn into the nightlife of the dimly lit lounge, with the glittering amber liquors, loneliness and the lust.
Joe finds herself between the rivalries, that soon become heated, as the men indulge in the oldest of battle cries, ‘to the victor, go the spoils.’
In Hemingway’s novel, The Old Man and the Sea, once the great fish is brought in and lashed to the side of his small boat, the predators begin to arrive. As the characters in The Pub, are introduced, Joe begins to feel like each and every person involved wants their piece. Hemingway’s character fights with all his strength with an oar, against the predators. Joe also, finds the predators closing in.
The reader is invited to sit back, pour themselves a refreshing drink and observe as each layer of this quick paced, tightly woven work unfolds. Take a full breath as you descend into darkness as the story moves ever lower into the fathomless morass of human nature.
Peggy Cole, in her debut of The Pub, sets her story in the simmering heat of Florida. You are welcomed into the atmosphere and tone of the fast paced, swinging chauvinistic seventies. The loud fashions and freewheeling, free with their hands characters run rampant. Joe Mitchell finds herself in a world of music and magnetism, adultery and avarice, and the icy cold fingers of murder.
Jacket design by Mockingbird Books.
I am aware of three people that edited Peg's manuscript. I looked at it, and I think Peg's brother went over it and here, also on Hubpages, Maria Jordan gave it her time and usual keen eye.
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- The Pub: A Murder Mystery: Peggy Cole, Michael Friedman: 9781530440948: Amazon.com: Books
The Pub: A Murder Mystery [Peggy Cole, Michael Friedman] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Joe Mitchell takes a job as bookkeeper in a restaurant with two busy lounges and live rock music. Her new boss