Book Review: Bad Day in Minsk, Mathematical Mystery Book 4, Jonathan Pinnock
Mystery: Bad Day in Minsk, Mathematical Mystery Book 4, Jonathan Pinnock
Blog Tour April 9, 2021
Tom Winscombe did not want to go to Belarus. He had no plans to go to Belarus. He did not know any reason why he should leave England to fly to a dictatorship in Eastern Europe.
What he does want are some mathematical papers developed by the Vavasor twins. Supposedly capable of changing the world, Tom is eager to get his hands on them. Not for himself, but for his genius girlfriend. Imagine how impressed she would be if he could get them for her.
When your motivation for retrieving world changing mathematical papers is to impress your girlfriend, it’s hardly surprising that a wrong turn or two might land you on a plane to Minsk, Belarus.
Tom is a fairly ordinary guy. He is clever but not overly smart. He is not a fighter. He is not particularly strong or fast or trained in spycraft. Things seem to happen around him. He is called an agent of chaos in the book, and that seems to be his special gift. Through the course of the book he attracts the attention of a secret agency, two competing mafia families, a corrupt billionaire and the secretive institute he funds, and the Belarussian police. He also manages to essentially destroy his relationship with his girlfriend, though that really was not his fault. Well, most of it wasn’t.
Despite being some mixture of Inspector Clouseau, Mr. Magoo, and Agent Smart, Tom Winscombe bumbles his way through the book as a likable and lovelorn magnet for trouble. And he somehow finds his way through most of those troubles. He may not be the hero we need in troubled times. He’s probably the hero we deserve, though, in days of confusion and chaos.
Our thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Blog Tours for our copy of Bad Day in Minsk, given solely in exchange for our participation in this blog tour. The opinions here are solely those of Scintilla.. For other perspectives on this book, check out the other bloggers on this tour.
Book Review: Bad Day in Minsk, Jonathan Pinnock