A true story: In 1935 it took just thirty seconds for a category five hurricane to destroy what it took Henry Flagler years to build - a railroad to Key West, Florida. The high death toll of over 400 people shocked the country. The devastation to the area took years to overcome.
Too Much Stuff opens in the present day with the 1935 hurricane as a backdrop. After paying their dues working on several difficult cases, More or Less Investigations is now officially in business, and Skip Moore and James Lessor are ready to take on their next case.
Among the missing as a result of the devastating hurricane was the East Coast Railway's finance director, Matthew Kriegel. Also unaccounted for were ten crates of gold bullion that Kriegel himself had loaded on the train prior to its leaving the rail station that morning. The gold was estimated to be worth $1.2 million at the time. His body was never found and the gold never recovered.
James and Skip are hired by Mary Trueblood, the great-granddaughter of Kriegel to find the missing gold. Deciding they will either end up rolling in dough or at the very least experiencing a great adventure, they head off on their new assignment.
Too Much Stuff is the fifth book in the Stuff Series written by Don Bruns. The series is settling into a highly regarded set of buddy stories that keep readers engaged. The bumbling detectives always seem to find themselves in the strangest situations, but they also seem to somehow work their way out.
Always fast paced, you never know even from page to page what is going to happen next with these two lovable guys. There is always something unexpected coming up that will either have you shaking your head or laughing out loud at their antics.
Although the two guys seem to have matured somewhat since the beginning of the series, they are still young and easily led astray, which is where much of the fun of the story comes from. How they get into the situations and then have to find their way out is entertaining to say the least.
Personally, I believe Too Much Stuff is the best written of the five novels so far. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and am definitely looking forward to more stories in this fun mystery series.
A special thank you goes to Oceanview Publishing for providing a complimentary copy of Too Much Stuff for our review. If you are interested in purchasing your own copy, you can find it at Amazon.com, along with the other books in this series.