I guess that I am in the distinct minority here! I thought this was, by far, the worst book of the series. I began this series with such high hopes (and ratings!), and slowly but surely they have gone done in both believability and likability. Yes, Hubert Schuze is one of the most unique lead characters for a book series, and yes his friend Susannah is a super sidekick. But earlier on in this series, we had many more fascinating side characters make their way into the Pot Thief orbit, and for the 2nd book in a row, they have disappeared.
Oh sure, we get Hubie’s diverse love interest, and we get way too many word games and silly dialogue. Not only that, we get a story that just is way too complicated, way too unbelievable, and just plain boring. Susannah has become nothing more than a mystery book quote machine, and even their fun evening over margaritas at Dos Hermanos has changed and become a shell of their former self. Sure a writer wants to bring in new characters, but the quirky folks who used to inhabit these books are gone. I have one more left to read out of the first 8 and I am not sure I want to bother with the newest book unless Mystery 8 is a lot better read and effort from this author. Such a shame that he lost me in this book!