The entire country has gotten pirate fever since the release of Young Blackbeard, a huge blockbuster movie. It's even found its way to the resort town of Warner Pier, Michigan. TenHuis Chocolade is offering chocolate pirate chests, and the local theater company is ending their season with Pirates of Penzance.
There are also a group of pirates who are boarding local pleasure cruises on Lake Michigan. Lee, Joe, and a couple of friends are the first "victims." These pirates are harmless since all they do is put on a fun acrobatic display before leaving. In fact, being boarded seems to be something of a status symbol this summer. Until someone disappears while swimming and another body is found. Could the pirates be involved?
I will admit the book was very confusing at the beginning. There were so many plot threads introduced and then seemingly dropped, it was hard to tell exactly what the story was even about. Everything became clear at the end, and it proved to be one of the best books in the series.
The books in this series have always been short, so the characters are often short changed. That was certainly the case here as several series regulars only merit a mention. The book is full of new characters, however, and they were great.
These books are always light, fun reads, and this book was no exception. If you are a fan of the series, you'll enjoy the latest.