The story is about dr. Dick Meyer, a 55-year old author who becomes involved in what seems to be a murder case. “seems to be”, because the strange thing is that there is no body. The only thing found is a small box with some hair and some blood that’s left in the yard of Sheriff Jerry Morgan. The victim, Maria Martinez, happens to be a personal friend of dr. Meyer and therefore he is quite eager to assist the sheriff. With the help of Ian MacLennan, a retired Scotland Yard detective, Morgan and Meyer try to find the missing body and solve the case. A case that soon becomes much more complicated when they discover that Mary Martinez is not the only missing person. And again all that’s left is a box with a blood sample and some personal effects.
I’ve got mixed feelings about this book. Gary McKay can write a mystery novel, let’s not argue about that. The Shortage of Bodies really is an enjoyable read, a gripping story and the plot lines are creative. Unfortunately at times the story looses pace because of all the sidetracks that have no connection with the story whatsoever. Most of the characters are two-dimensional, the love-story between dr Meyer and Carol is a bit to “easy” and the end isn’t that surprising.
My final judgement: not badly written at all, a nice read, it won’t be an award winning novel, 3 stars.