Friday, August 19, 2011

Review #17 and Guest Post(2):Missing in Mexico by Stuart Gustafson

Book Details:Publisher: AITE Publishing
Published: May 2011
Genre: Mystery Tourism
Page Count: 271 pages in printed version
Website:Missing In Mexico

Book Synopsis:
Sarah Johnson is a 19-year college freshman who, along with her roommate Mary, spent an extra week in Los Cabos, Mexico after a family vacation over the Christmas break. Unexpectedly, Sarah's not on the plane back to Seattle, and her parents hire Stan, a seasoned Private Investigator, to locate her. Even with local help and some promising leads in the town of San Jose del Cabo, he's unable to find her, and he returns to Seattle to inform the parents. Months later he receives a mysterious letter from someone who says she can help him locate Sarah, and he jumps on the next plane to Los Cabos. Will this be the lucky break he needs to find her? Or will she remain missing -- Missing in Mexico?

My Thoughts/Review
I am so glad that I got the opportunity to read this book. I had never heard of the term mystery tourism before but now that I have I will definitely be reading more of this genre. This book was really good. Stuart Gustafson is so detailed in his writing it was like I actually took a trip down to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico with his main character Stan. I loved picturing how everything would look like down there. It's like I went along for the ride to help solve the mystery. For this being Stuart's very first book it was really good. For each chapter heading Stuart added a word in Spanish, told you what the word meant, put a sentence in Spanish and then told you the whole sentence in English. I loved this part of the book. I took Spanish in high school but didn't retain much of it. I only know some words and phrases. Each heading sort of hints at what each chapter will be about. The chapter headings and some of the characters speaking Spanish really gives you a sense of the culture in this book.  Another thing is that Stuart actually makes you feel invested in finding Sarah. You feel for her parents who have no idea what happened to there only child. I for one really wanted to find out what happened to her. What actually happened to Sarah was a complete shocker to me. I wasn't expecting the ending at all. Also the last few chapters end on such a perfect note. It makes you want even more. I really can't wait for more Stuart Gustafson books. He really puts a lot into the research of his books and that is why this one is so great. I can't wait to read his next book when it comes out. Awesome, fantastic, great read. I definitely suggest reading it. =]  

***Disclaimer: In concordance with the FTC, this book was provided for review by the author for Partners in Crime Tours and then given to me free for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way. =]

Guest Post by Stuart Gustafson, author of Missing in Mexico

I haven’t always been a writer even though I did some writing in high school in a Creative Writing class, the Journalism Club, and the Annual staff. But then it was off to college to get that mathematics degree and go work in the computer industry. The only writing I did there was writing computer programs. Along the way I got married to Darlene and we brought a daughter and a son into the world. Travel was something I always loved to do, and so we tried to travel as much as we could. We lived in San Diego, but our travel was mostly in our pop-up trailer to National Parks. It was fun, but rather limited.

Along the way, reading was also more of a “requirement” rather than a pleasure for me. There were always the books that we had to read in high school for our book reports, and sometimes I would pick a “thicker” one, so I could take two months instead of just one. But there was never a single genre that interested me. The math and engineering courses in college, and even the graduate business courses, didn’t contain a literature component, so once again, I wasn’t doing much reading for pleasure. Meanwhile, my wife continued her voracious reading, even taking some women’s literature classes in college – I think she took them to stall her upcoming graduation date.

So I was never interested in the Hardy Boys series or Zane Grey mysteries as I was growing up (my family questions whether that has actually ever occurred). I do seem to have enjoyed the writing of several authors, and perhaps it is the way they’ve written their mysteries that has laid the foundation for why I like to write mysteries today. My love of travel is no doubt another piece of that. I remember reading the novels by Arthur Hailey (in particular Hotel, Airport, and Wheels) and getting so engrossed in them that I would completely lose track of time. Later it was Tom Clancy, starting when my brother sent me a personally inscribed copy of Hunt for Red October from Mr. Clancy. I would then grab his next novels the first day they came out. But that ran its course after a dozen years or so.

When I was doing a lot of business travel, John Grisham became my travel partner in paperback form, primarily because it wasn’t necessary to read his books “in order.” I liked the way that he took the side of the “little guy,” with stories that kept you reading page after page after page.  I got a little confused with The Painted House, but he didn’t have to answer to me or to anyone else. Grisham, too, ran out of steam with me.

My reading now consists mostly of travel brochures and thinking of places where we want to go next. Of course, my own novels get read and re-read numerous times both as I’m writing and after they’re done. My hope is that as you’re reading one of my novels that you not only enjoy the mystery, but that you also feel transported to its location. Maybe you’ve been there before; maybe you’d like to go there; maybe it’s only a dream. But my hope is that the story fulfills your wish.

Stuart Gustafson

Author Bio:
Stuart Gustafson began writing in earnest after taking early retirement from the corporate world in 2007. His professional life involved travel and so it was natural for him to want to continue traveling once he didn't have to travel as a job. Now when he travels, it's for fun; it's for pleasure; it's to see new places in the world. The way he has chosen to combine his love of travel and writing is to write mystery novels set in exciting locations around the world where he likes to go.

His debut mystery novel Missing in Mexico is set in San Jose del Cabo at the tip of Mexico's Bajadel Cabo and some of the residents told him that Missing in Mexico was indeed about their town and would he please consider writing another book about San Jose or at least about Cabo.

His second mystery novel, set in Sydney, NSW, Australia, is already underway, and Stuart took five trips to Sydney in 2010 to conduct research of the area to once again ensure that the book, even though it's a fictional mystery novel, would still contain authentic details. Publication date for that book is set for early 2012.

Stuart has been married for thirty-seven years to Darlene and they have one daughter and one son. Stuart and Darlene live in Boise, Idaho.

-Stuart Gustafson is really great. He actually took the time to sign the book he sent to me through Partners in Crime Tours. We have even talked through email and twitter. His book is great and he is such a nice guy. I definitely recommend his book to anyone that loves a good mystery. =]

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***Make sure to visit these other awesome stops on the tour. The ones that are out right now are definitely a must read if you are interested in this book. So definitely check them out.***
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August 16-Guest Post@Words By Webb
August 17-Review@Oodles of Books
August 18-Review@Words by Webb
August 19-Guest Post&Review@The Book Shelf
August 22-Interview, Guest Post&Review@Joel M. Andre, Author
August 23-Review@Coffee and a Keyboard
August 24-Review@Let's Book It
August 26-Review@From The TBR Pile
August 29-Review@Stuff&Nonsense
August 30-Interview@Beyond The Books
August 31-Review@Cami Checketts
September 1-Review@The Musings Of A Book Addict
September 2-Review@Gelati's Scoop
September 5-Review@Kritters Ramblings
September 6-Review@Romancing The Book (Valerie)
September 7-Guest Post@The Top Shelf
September 8-Review@Rhode's Review
September 9-Interview@Stuff@Nonsense
September 12-Review@Lady Lit Reviews
September 13-Review@The Top Shelf
September 14-Review@The World According to Dave
September 15-Review&Guest Post@ Legacy of a Writer
 September 16-Interview@Coffee and a Keyboard
September 19-Review@Reading, Reading, & Life
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Till next time,

Happy Reading
-Michael/Bookshelf Reviewer

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