“Insidious” by Catherine Coulter brings back FBI agents Savich and Sherlock, as well as introducing Special Agent Cam Wittier and Detective Daniel Montoya. As with most of her books there are two plot lines that keep readers engaged. What makes the FBI series special is the blending of humor within the riveting storylines.
In “Insidious” the humor starts even before page one. In the acknowledgments section she thanks Ski Ludwikowski (a longtime reader) for “recommending Sherlock’s birthday present from Savich, a new ankle piece, the .9mm Glock 43. Sherlock is really enjoying it, fast-drawing between floors on the elevator.”
“Ski can always be counted on to tell me the pros and cons of using certain weapons in certain situations,” Coulter said. “Ski told me Sherlock’s ankle piece, a Lady Colt, wasn’t as light and small and accurate as the Glock. And, as you’ll see, she really likes it. And who would not like such a birthday present? Actually I got a Glock 17 for my birthday, but not from Ski, but from my other half.”
In “Insidious” Savich and Sherlock must discover who is trying to murder Venus Rasmussen, a powerful, wealthy Washington icon who heads up an international conglomerate, Rasmussen Industries. Arsenic poisoning followed by a direct assassination attempt at her home. Is it one of her family? Perhaps her prodigal grandson, returned after 10 years?
Readers will like the Venus character. She’s 86 and a role model, proving that age simply isn’t important.
“In promotion, I didn’t let out her age, because there is indeed age discrimination, and a tendency to regard older people as irrelevant’” Coulter said. “I knew that once readers met her, age would become irrelevant.”
The other plot has Savich sending Special Agent Cam Wittier to Los Angeles to head the investigation for the serial killer known as the Starlet Slasher and work with a local detective, Daniel Montoya. They are trying to find who is responsible for the horrendous murders of actresses. As with most of Coulter’s “new” characters, readers will want Cam to return.
“Fear not. In the next FBI thriller, ‘Enigma,’ she will be front and center,” Coulter said.
Both storylines are exciting and gripping, making it difficult to prefer one mystery over the other. This is another winner by the New York Times bestselling author. Readers should be prepared to laugh, to care about these characters, and try to solve the two mysteries.
Coulter really enjoys hearing from her readers: Every morning, she checks in at her reader page at Facebook.com/catherinecoulterbooks or she can be emailed at ReadMoi@gmail.com.