Talk about an identity crisis! Published in 2011, Fleeting Memory, the first book in the Enescu Fleet series by Sherban Young, is the story of a young man who loses his memory. I've just finished reading this book, which is a cozy mystery or a "mystery caper". The protagonist in this story has a major problem. He doesn't know who he is, or even remember what his name is. All he knows is that he has a penchant for mysterious blondes, and that he thinks he's seen a dead body at the rustic cabin where he's staying. He's not sure what's going on, but he keeps hoping to run into the blond girl with the stirring green eyes again, who also appears to be lost in the woods (literally). Luckily, the young man encounters a helpful older man with twinkling blue eyes, Enescu Fleet, who just happens to be a retired detective.
The definition of cozy mystery fits this book perfectly. Although fighting and dead bodies appear in Fleeting Memory, the book is filled with much humor and is quite clever, and I relished the antics and the author's witty words.
"Careful not to add my fingerprints to the evidence--I wasn't a complete moron--I poked the glasses into place with my trusty pen and slid the scarf down. His face was mustached, ruddy in complexion and quite rough, like burgundy sandpaper. I liked mine better. I didn't recognize him (no shocker there) and for a minute I sat back on my heels, wondering who could have killed him and why. He seemed like a decent type, for a corpse."
~Fleeting Memory, Sherban Young
Toward the end of Fleeting Memory, the word 'eponymous' is used, which seems to be a good adjective to keep in mind while reading this book. Names and identity are important in this story, starting with the title, Fleeting Memory, which refers to both the main character's actual memory loss and to the name of the detective, Enescu Fleet. I won't reveal more here, but there are numerous "little name things" and clues to note, scattered throughout the book. For as long as I can remember (pun intended), I've been a "name person"; I notice names, so this aspect of the book resonated with me.
Instead of reading this book inside, wearing my silly Snuggie, I read much of the book outside, soaking up a bit of winter sun (don't hate me because I live in Southern California). It was quite enjoyable to pass the time in this way. Like the main character in the story, at times I didn't really know what was going on, or what was going to happen next, and there are numerous twists and turns which made the book even more amusing. I loved the main characters in this mystery and want to spend more time with them--especially now that I know their names and identities. The next book in the series is Fleeting Glance, which I look forward to reading. Hopefully, as is always the case when I do read mysteries, I'll hone my own detective skills a bit in the process.
Special thanks to author Sherban Young, who sent me complimentary copies of Fleeting Memory and Fleeting Glance--and many matching bookmarks. He also gave me an extra copy of Fleeting Memory, to give away to one lucky reader (U.S./Canada only).
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