A Suitcase Mystery

A Suitcase Mystery During the final days of the Second World War Ben Kalninsh would search an abandoned coal mine tunnel for stolen guns the soldiers hid inside Unfortunately for him by entering the tunnel he sets int

  • Title: A Suitcase Mystery
  • Author: Ned Stevens Steven Nedelton
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • During the final days of the Second World War, Ben Kalninsh would search an abandoned coal mine tunnel for stolen guns the soldiers hid inside Unfortunately for him, by entering the tunnel he sets into motion events which will follow him into his adult life Ben travels to America with his veterinarian father, Edwards, and beautiful Latvian mother, Agnes, along with his tDuring the final days of the Second World War, Ben Kalninsh would search an abandoned coal mine tunnel for stolen guns the soldiers hid inside Unfortunately for him, by entering the tunnel he sets into motion events which will follow him into his adult life Ben travels to America with his veterinarian father, Edwards, and beautiful Latvian mother, Agnes, along with his two younger brothers, where they settle in the Nordic friendly town of Forks, Minnesota Ben is 14, tall, shy and often the brunt of the cruelty of his peers The initial poverty of his family doesn t help During his teen years, Ben decides upon boxing as a way to achieve the wealth he s determined to acquire By the age of 20, he s managed to go from amateur to Pro, making money than even he dreamt of but his trainer claims he lacks the quality for championship determination and the killer instinct Ben knows better and intends to prove it And he does just that during a fight with Europe s Swede champion Author Ned Stevens has a knack for dialect and his characters come alive, vividly enhancing this fast paced novel of intrigue buried under even deeper intrigue festering and about to erupt Ben s excitement over beating the Swede is short lived when FBI agents approach him with news of the murder of his father His practical mother advises them not to tell Ben until after the fight Special Agent Miriam Dokes and Agent Book are assigned to the case which includes the torture and murder of Edwards Doctor turned farmer friend, Karlis Goulbis The agents question his shaken widow, in particular, about a page from a notebook with RIGA written in red and attached to Karl s body Edwards and Agnes had lived near Riga during the war, the only connection to the deaths of the two men so far The agents take the relatives of the two slain men into protective custody, giving them new identities Ben realizes it must be Karlis they are after, killing his father when he walked in on their torturous attempt to get information from his friend When Ben decides not to leave, his mother gives him an envelope his father left for him, in the event of his death It is sealed FBI agents, Tom Mansfield and John Holt speculate that Edwards and Karlis were killed for information and that there is a third man, yet unknown Allegedly, around the end of the war, in 1945, a Russian bank was robbed of an impressive amount of gold gold they want back and aren t too fastidious as to how they get it FBI manager, Sawyer, has a hunch there s something much valuable than gold stolen as well Due to so many secret projects and so many years gone by, it s become the proverbial needle in a haystack In order to find it John needs to go back to where it all started in Riga.

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    1. Please note: Both this book (A Suitcase Mystery) and its follow up (A Suitcase Mystery: Nemesis) were donated to The Magnolia Blossom Review after Mr. Nedelton/Ned Stevens requested a review by the site. After the review appeared, Mr. Nedelton chose to go on the attack against me, the author of the review, who also happens to own the review site stating that among other things, I do not have the competence to review books. However, his review is but one of MANY that I and my volunteer staff have [...]

    2. What started out for a young boy as an innocent search for old guns left behind or hidden in a cave in Latvia at the end of WWII turns into a nightmare that will haunt him for the rest of his life. Traversing not only time, but continents, what young Ben found in the depths of that cave become the focus of some of the deadliest entities around. The secrets held within an old suitcase are invaluable to those who are still searching for it. No one connected to Ben are safe, government agents will [...]

    3. REVIEWMr. Nedelton wrote a novel that is full of suspense, unsolved murders, deception and double lives. What a combination! You get it all in one book. The book covers several generations. The author writes of the background when Ben and his family came to Minnesota. At the end of WWII, young Ben begins to explore an abandoned mine tunnel in search of guns that soldiers had hidden inside This is the beginning of his life story. It is also the setting of mysterious relationships. The story has m [...]

    4. I'm a sucker for a historic thriller, and "A Suitcase Mystery" got me right from the get-go.Picture Latvia. I've never been there, but I know it's way up there on the Baltic Coast. I imagine it must be very cold there, don't you? Picture this tiny country during the final days of WWII. The Soviets have annexed it; the Germans have overrun it. Then picture a young boy, inquisitive as children are apt to be, and set him down into an abandoned coalmine. Watch him enter a tunnel. Is he lost? Is he p [...]

    5. A Suitcase Mystery by Ned Stevens is a Cold War espionage thriller that rattles along at a good rate of knots. The story starts in Latvia as WWII is closing down. Russians invade and take over where the Germans left off in much the same style. Young Ben investigates the local coal mine now used to store gold and other precious items stolen by the new invaders. Although he is caught, he manages to wheedle his way out with a suitcase.The reader is propelled to the early sixties when Blue Velvet by [...]

    6. Here we have a murder mystery packed with many clues in the dialogue and more clues hidden in a suitcase. But is there more than one suitcase? We see not one suitcase, not two suitcases, but three cases as well as a special briefcase. Did Jack the Ripper leave behind an evil relative? The murder mystery gradually unfolds, to a large degree, through an investigative type of dialogue and a mystery type of narrative. It almost has the feel of a James Bond mission, but the killer is unknown. It almo [...]

    7. As World War II draws to a close, a group of Russian soldiers occupying Latvia stash a fortune in gold within a mine tunnel. Ben, a young man, witnesses the event and enters the tunnel, only to be caught, but he manages to negotiate an escape.Fast forward to the 1960's. Ben and his family now live in the USA. His father is murdered under mysterious circumstances. The murder is somehow connected with the Russian gold heist decades ago, but there may be more to the mystery than would at first appe [...]

    8. Just completed reading Ned Stevens' A Suitcase Mystery. It kept me entertained and interested. I can see why the author has a following. His work is well paced, complex and riveting. As others have noted, it spans nearly two decades and two continents. The case begins during WW II when a young boy, Ben, notices that soldiers are stashing suitcases in a cave. Ben finds it and the implications are dire over the long run. After his family moves to the U.S. and settles down for a few years, life get [...]

    9. 5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue, December 8, 2014By KAREN INGALLSVerified Purchase(What's this?)This review is from: A SUITCASE MYSTERY: PART I (Kindle Edition)A story about suitcases with money and a mysterious notebook that was stolen from the Russians by some Latvians shortly after World War II. There are several characters that the author did a very good job keeping me aware of who is who. Mr. Stevens also an excellent job in going from one event to the next without losing the flow of the plot. [...]

    10. It all started in World War 2 when a young boy accidentally saw something he shouldn’t have seen and being a curious creature as he was, he went to check things out more closely. By doing so he started a snowball effect, making one thing to lead to another and so on, until he and his family were entangled to a spy game beyond their imagination…This engaging thriller was full of twists and turns and I absolutely loved the plot line! It is so well developed and created with such care that the [...]

    11. A mystery revolving around a suitcase stolen from Latvia during the Stalin regime. An intriguing story, with action taking place in Minnesota, Chicago, and Switzerland. Original characters and locations, and a central mystery that holds your interest.

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