Windfall: A Henry Lysyk Mystery by Byron TD Smith is a masterful blend of crime, mystery, and suspense that follows Henry Lysyk, a man whose marriage went up in smoke and who lost his job as an accountant because of a scandal. Now, all he wants is to stay off the grid and start his life afresh. But when a treasure hunter shows up in his doorstep, everything changes. He begins to uncover a cover up of a crime and it gets more complicated when his niece, a young woman imbued with a rare sense of curiosity and adventure visits. Now, Henry is dragged into a path he never wanted to take and with the prod from his niece, he knows there is no turning back. As Henry and Frieda unravel each piece of the mystery, one thing becomes abundantly clear: they are set on a trail of blood, murder, and ransom, and as the secrets become darker, it is their own lives that are in danger. Can they solve the mystery before it is too late?
Byron TD Smith has created characters that readers will adore; they are resonant, deeply and genuinely flawed, and tautly written. Henry is a man with many regrets and who would rather stay anonymous, but his niece, who has an unbridled appetite for adventure changes all of that. The narrative begins with a compelling premise and it gets the reader hooked, a promise of something huge and it is in this promise that the author creates the seeds of the suspense that permeates the narrative. Bold and absorbing, Windfall: A Henry Lysyk Mystery is a layered story that deftly explores the theme of crime, murder, and deadly secrets, and the author’s intelligent exploration of relationships — especially between Henry and Frieda — elevates the quality of the entertainment. The pacing is perfect, the prose is gorgeous, and the author’s superior storytelling skills augment the thrill as the reader follows these characters through dangerous situations. Windfall: A Henry Lysyk Mystery is a cunningly plotted, fast-paced novel with an irresistible appeal to fans of mystery, murder, and suspense. One of the stories you can’t just put down! As part of a series, this entry makes for a compelling opening.