Winchester's Bargain

The Bart Northcote Series Book 4

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
165 Pages
Reviewed on 09/26/2016
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Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite

Winchester's Bargain (The Bart Northcote Series Book Four) by Murray Lee Eiland Jr. is a fascinating sleuth mystery that will keep you guessing to the end! Bart Northcote is a well known private detective on Sunset Boulevard. His team of three exceptionally beautiful women is more than just a trio of pretty faces; they all have their own specialties to create a P.I. firm of distinction close enough to Hollywood to cater to the stars. When Mr. Lee approaches Bart with an outlandish proposal that promises to make his firm millions, his first instinct is to decline the firm's services to the suave Asian man. But, as the mysterious Mr. Lee continues his point, Bart wonders how taking a case as complicated as his could be so dangerous. Mr. Lee obviously knows more about his employees than he does, and the money from the completion of the case could allow them to live comfortably for years. Wouldn't he be being selfish to deny his employees their fair dues? Plus, Mr. Lee argues a good point. Their team seems tailor-made for Mr. Lee's needs. Only, how does one go about the monumental task of locating an overseas Chinese financial empire and finding the proof that Mr. Lee is looking for? Can they really succeed in tracing certain fluctuations in the American Stock Market? As Bart and his team dig themselves deeper into the impossible case, Bart begins to wonder what happens if they fail?

James Bond meets Charlie's Angels in Winchester's Bargain by Murray Lee Eiland Jr. Written with taste and knowledge, this book is a page-turning sleuth mystery that had me guessing how poor author/P.I. Bart Northcote could possibly write his way out of such a tangled mess. Not knowing much about the Stock Market, I had no idea what to expect from this book. The author did an incredible job of explaining everything in a way that a Stock Market novice might understand, so that the reader wouldn't get lost, without giving long drawn out explanations that could potentially bore the reader with more stock expertise. With this being the fourth book in the Bart Northcote Series, I felt a little lost at times concerning previously introduced characters. I truly wish that the author had spent a little more time on describing them, so I could get a better picture of who they were. That being my only complaint, I enjoyed reading Winchester's Bargain and will be looking for more in the Northcote series!

Vernita Naylor

Welcome to the Bart Northcote book series. In Winchester’s Bargain, Bart Northcote Series 4 by Murray Lee Eiland Jr., we are invited into the adventurous life of Private Investigator (PI) Bart Northcote. Initially, Bart’s agency was a one-man operation, but now it has turned into a full service investigation agency. With people like Salome Jones, a six-foot-seven-inch computer whiz; Mrs. Bowen, whose specialty is in international finance; and Wanda Malone, ex-FBI and a highly trained operative, Bart believed that they were ready for anything ... until Mr. Winchester Lee, an impeccably dressed man walked in. Mr. Lee wanted Bart’s agency to become entrenched in the operation of the Golden Dragons that had made trillions of dollars on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) for the past 15 years, and now had the power to influence the NYSE outcome. Mr. Lee felt that the Golden Dragons had a conspiracy to cripple the economy, but could Bart trust the true interests of Mr. Lee or was there something else behind it? Bart wanted to know what Mr. Lee’s true motive was, and could his agency take on this type of job? Would this be easy money, as it seems, or will he be risking the lives of his team.

Winchester’s Bargain is a great story of mystery and suspense. Bart never has a dull moment and it shows if you get a chance to read the other books: The Ishtar Cup, A Search For Family and A New Family within the series. “Was I just beginning to feel creepy, or was I in the cross-hairs of some kind of conspiracy myself?” Bart wondered. As you read Winchester’s Bargain, you will be on the edge of your seat as you experience the ebb and flow of the underground world. If you love mystery and suspense, Winchester’s Bargain, Bart Northcote Series 4 by Murray Lee Eiland Jr. is for you.

Karen Walpole

Winchester’s Bargain, a Bart Northcote novel by Murray Lee Eiland Jr., tells an intriguing story about a detective and his investigation into possible manipulation of the New York Stock Exchange. The detective and his associates are hired by a Chinese man named Winchester Lee. Lee’s story is that a powerful Chinese family may have found a method to control the stock market in a way that enables them to make money. Northcote, the detective, is suspicious, but agrees to investigate after being offered a great deal of money. As the case progresses, the story Lee has told becomes less and less believable, and the investigators begin to fear that they have fallen into a trap. Northcote and his associates, who are more like members of his family, find themselves in danger and on the run.

The plot, with its many twists, changes and turns, is interesting and exciting. Winchester Lee is a complex and frightening character. The relationship between Bart Northcote and his associates is heartwarming. All of them are protective of one another. The fact that they all live together in Bart’s house is an unusual arrangement and adds interest and depth to the story. Eiland tells the story well and keeps the reader’s interest throughout with a well-paced plot.