ThePoison Maker by Jimmy Olsen – review

In Poison Makers, as in Things In Ditches, Jimmy Olsen once again turns the traditional mystery on its head and shakes out stories of diplomats run amuck, deadly Cuban lovers, Caribbean voodoo and New York City car chases. Not a drug dealer, terrorist or serial killer in sight, but a protagonist, Edgar Espinosa-Jones (EJ), a reader can root for. A story that can be dark, but with uncontrived thrills that provoke both laughter and apprehension. Characters appear from the depth of Haitian Vodoun and Catholic Santo Domingo, and are little different from those who live next door to us, even if some are zombies.
EJ accepts an assignment from his enigmatic mentor Garrett Yancy to investigate the seemly innocent death of U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Adam Quist. His first job is to interview one of the Ambassador’s daughters at a secret rendezvous in Port-au-Prince, Haiti where he is drawn to her by an uncanny intensity as they travel dark streets toward a forbidden voodoo ceremony. Soon after, EJ is in terror for his life, running and hiding until he can find nowhere safe and is forced to make his last stand. Live or die.
Poison Makers is anything but the usual mystery. Set in the turbulent 1970s, the Caribbean seethes with political intrigue, revolutionaries, superstition, violence and EJ’s own tangled love affairs. With the help of his best friend, a crooked Dominican cop, EJ’s split nationality (Dominican/American) and quirky view of life combine to solve the mysteries at whatever cost.

My Review:

The poison Maker is a great read, suspenseful and  the plot is good, the character are wonderful, and the description of where it takes place “Haiti” is really good, pretty much like it is , not a place you would want to live.

In this venture back to 1972 the U.S. Ambassador is found dead which is ruled natural Causes. The Ambassadors daughter however does not think this is the case and calls`EJ’ Espinosa-Jones  who has teamed up with  Garett Yancy to go investigate on other occasions. Yancy is sent off with he knowledge of  Zomies and Voodoo which he doesn’t exactly believe in. EJ finds when they go to exhume the  body that it is not there and begins to read the worst. so now can he remain in the living to finish the investigation or will it turn out another way?  The menace becomes personal as he and his friend are poisoned, and then his family is interjected into the danger also. Read the book to find the answers.

The poisen maker is a great suspend novel as I said , you are given just enough clues without too many to give away the ending or where the book Is headed. You will enjoy the read without a doubt.


I was given this book for a honest review.



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