Jul 28, 2012

Book Review: Tahoe Trap by Todd Borg

Tahoe Trap: A Novel
Title: Tahoe Trap: An Owen McKenna Mystery Thriller by Todd Borg
Release date: August 1, 2012; Thriller Press
Objective rating: 4.5/5

About the book: A young illegal alien, Paco, calls for help when his foster mother is murdered. Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna not only protects the boy from the killers but plans with Paco to entrap them. 

Ten-year-old Paco witnessed the murder, but McKenna doesn't turn the case over to the authorities right away as the boy would be discovered as an illegal immigrant and deported, even though he grew up in the U.S., speaks only English, and has no ties to his home country, Mexico.

Comments: The mystery at first seems to revolve only around the foster mother, who was involved in collecting information about wealthy residents in the Tahoe area, but it quickly becomes young Paco's story of survival.

I enjoyed the view with McKenna in his Jeep (figuratively) as he drove around Tahoe, from misty mountain to dry desert to scenic beach, searching, following, investigating in order to find the killers. McKenna enlists Paco's help to concoct and prepare an elaborate trap for the killers, hence the title of the book. Super clever! I though it was unusual for McKenna, with his dog Spot, to do so much for Paco, to boost the boy's confidence.

More twists in the plot toward the end of the book turn the mystery into an even more suspenseful thriller. McKenna is a likeable guy who turns out to be a superhero himself.

About the author: Todd Borg won the Ben Franklin Award for Best Mystery of the Year and his Owen McKenna mysteries have been chosen for Top 5 Mystery lists by the Library Journal, and by Mystery News Reviewer G. Wedgwood. He has won other awards for the series. Borg and his wife live on Lake Tahoe's South Shore. 

Many thanks to the author for an ARC of this book.


  1. A cozy??? sounds interesting!

  2. HGardly a cozy, Staci. A mystery thriller and a good one!

  3. Hi Harvee! Wow. I love love a good Mystery Thriller book. I'll definitely check this one out. I also love the cover of the book - really interesting and catchy. You'll want to know more about it.

    Thanks for sharing the review.

    By the way, I'm a new visitor and follower (GFC).

    Ara @ My Book and My Coffee

  4. Sounds like a book I'd really enjoy - thanks for the tip! :)

  5. I don't often enjoy mysteries, but this one sounds like a lot of fun, and like something I would enjoy. Thanks for the great review and for sharing your thoughts on it with us!

  6. I don't read many thrillers but I like the sound of this one - especially the setting!

  7. Seems like it has been a long time since I've read a good mystery. This looks like it would be a good one!

  8. This sounds like a book I could really get into. Enjoyed your review. I'll have to add this one to my list. Thanks.

    Thoughts in Progress

  9. Thanks for linking this to the Immigrant Stories Challenge!


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