In this winding tale Ace Collins takes us on a strange journey where we find ourselves being driven to read a story of a supposedly cursed yellow Packard.
The year is 1936 and Helen Meeker is a brilliant young lady aspiring to be an FBI agent in the days when women were not allowed in J. Edgar’s men’s club. So Helen through family connections becomes is an assistant to FDR himself. While visiting the Packard Manufacturing Plant, Helen watches a bright yellow Packard having the finishing touches added to it, when to her horror she sees the straps that are holding it break and crush one of the workers. If that wasn’t bad enough before the car could make it to the person that special ordered it, it was involved in another accidental death; this is where the rumor gets started of the car being cursed.
Abigail Watling, a sweet elderly philanthanpest bought the beautiful yellow Packard for a song since it seemed no one wanted it after hearing of its history. After a short time of having it she is found dead in her house. Is there more to her death than first thought?
George and Carole Hall have just welcomed their new baby girl Rose into the world. When his car breaks down the night before picking up his girls from the hospital, George visit’s a local auction and he finds a beautiful yellow Packard sitting alone in a corner of the garage where the auction is taking place. Thinking how much he would like to bring his girls home in this beauty, he places a bid on it knowing there is no way he could win. To his surprise he wins! But will the car’s curse follow the Hall family? The day Rose is kidnapped it appears the rumors are true. After the kidnappers take the ransom money and they steal the Packard all without giving Rose back, the Halls are devastated. Will Rose ever be found?
Helen Meeker, who has now been given an experimental position with the FBI, is working with Agent Henry Reese on the kidnapping case of little Rose Hall. During this time there are very few leads as to what happened to Rose but guess what does show up once again? Yes, the infamous yellow Packard, could the rumors really be true, is the car cursed? Or is God using it to uncover another sinister deed long forgotten?
This is the first novel I have read by Ace, it has a good storyline. It has a lot of details that you have to pay close attention to, and a lot of twists and turns, much like sitting in that luxurious Packard, taking some hairpin turns, you know they are coming but you know it’s ok because that’s just part of the ride. It will keep you guessing, just when you think you have figured it out, there’s another hairpin turn! There is also a thread of hope and faith woven throughout the story and all that together makes for an enjoyable read. Great Job Mr. Collins!
*I was given an arc of this by the publisher, Barbour Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.Giveaway: Any of of Ace's books in choice of available format. Intenational winners, ebook only.