From Berkeley With Love by Hamilton Waymire
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (10 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois
The hunt for a blackmailer sends private investigator Benson Keirstad on a trip up the California coast. Neither attack dogs nor violent brawls in seedy dives can stop him in the pursuit of his mission. When he finally arrives in Berkeley, an unexpected and deadly showdown awaits him. Could this be Keirstad's last case? A short story.
Combine a classic private investigator tale with a whodunit and you’ve got From Berkeley With Love. I enjoyed all the characters in this story. They were all well drawn and the dialogue was natural sounding. Most of the PI stories I’ve read tend to be gritty but I found this one to be more regular mystery with a cast of potential baddies who had you continually guessing about the identity of the blackmailer.
Mr. Waymire has a clever way of building the plot to a crescendo at just the right moment. There's action and mystery that piqued my interest and kept me glued to the pages to see how Keirstad would spoil the villains plans.
If you have ten or fifteen minutes to spare, and if you’re a die hard mystery fan who likes a PI as a lead character, this very short story will be a good pick for you.