ARC BOOK REVIEW: Sanctuary Motel by Alan Orloff

Publication Date: October 24, 2023
Format: Kindle
Genre:  Mystery  

Publisher: Level Best Books
 299 Pages
Buy: Kindle | Audio


Mess Hopkins, proprietor of the seen-better-days Fairfax Manor Inn, never met a person in need who couldn’t use a helping hand—his helping hand. So he’s thrown open the doors of the motel to the homeless, victims of abuse, or anyone else who could benefit from a comfy bed with clean sheets and a roof overhead. This rankles his parents and uncle, who technically still own the place and are more concerned with profits than philanthropy.

When a mother and her teenage boy seek refuge from an abusive husband, Mess takes them in until they can get back on their feet. Shortly after arriving, the mom goes missing and some very bad people come sniffing around, searching for some money they claim belongs to them. Mess tries to pump the boy for helpful information, but he’s in full uncooperative teen mode—grunts, shrugs, and monosyllabic answers. From what he does learn, Mess can tell he’s not getting the straight scoop. It’s not long before the boy vanishes too. Abducted? Run away? Something worse? And who took the missing money? Mess, along with his friend Vell Jackson and local news reporter Lia Katsaros, take to the streets to locate the missing mother and son—and the elusive, abusive husband—before the kneecapping loansharks find them first. 


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Mess Hopkins is running his parents Motel.  Although Mess is more interested in helping his fellow man than actually making a profit.  Often discounting rooms for those in need, lending his car and using his motel as a safe house for women needing an escape from an abusive situation. Mess should have gone to school for business, instead he chose social work and it shows. 

Mess has taken in a mother and her son who are escaping an abusive ex husband and that's when the trouble begins.  Fast paced with lots of twists and turns this is a fun often humorous book about mobsters, psychics and those who are just trying to help their fellow man.  I think this may be the beginning of a series and if so it's off to a fun start. 

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