Emerald Ridge is a "fast-paced, twist-and-turn sleigh ride of story-telling, meticulously plotted and beautifully written." Author William Florence continues to delight readers and critics alike:
"The books in the Max Blake Mystery series are as much about the crumbling world of newspapers, and the precarious state of higher education in America, as they are about the murders and events that the novels' protagonists work so hard to solve in each new adventure. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more likable pair of detectives, as quirky and off-beat as they are effective at what they do to bring killers to justice." - ELF Reviews
"Max Blake is back, and I have awaited his return with trembling anticipation. There could be no better news for those of us who love nothing better than a fast-paced, surprise-at-every-turn mystery. Author William Florence keeps the pace fast with unexpected twists at every turn. He's also shaped the books around a character who's as honorable as he is hardy, as courageous as he is colorful." - Mike Connell, Co-founder, Abby Row LLC Freelance writer/novelist
Hard-boiled detective and former muck-raking journalist Max Blake’s discovery of a long-dreaded postcard from Ireland, tucked into his mailbox one morning, is the catalyst that touches off a cross-continent search for his fiancée’s favorite uncle. The Rev. Sean “Jack” O’Lennox, the archbishop of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Armagh, Northern Ireland, is missing, and the postcard – a pre-arranged signal – is his apparent cry for help.
Max is prepared to do everything in his considerable power to help Caeli Brown, his longtime partner in the Blake & Brown Detective Agency and soon-to-be wife. But she slips off to Ireland without him, and he is left with a double quandary: finding Caeli, and then determining the fate of the archbishop, a complicated man who believes that British-held Ulster should be returned to the Irish Republic by any means necessary.
EMERALD RIDGE is a thrill-a-minute sleigh-ride that features unforgettable characters, sleight-of-hand twists and turns providing surprise after revelation after bombshell. Toss in a love story and you have what it takes for a riveting Max Blake Mystery.