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It's a tranquil October morning in northwest lower Michigan, a rural paradise of cherry orchards, blue lakes, and sandy shorelines. The serenity of the day -- and the season -- is shattered when an elderly woman walking her dogs along the beach stumbles upon the bodies of a brutally murdered couple. Sheriff Ray Elkins returns from his debut in the bestselling "Summer Peopl It's a tranquil October morning in northwest lower Michigan, a rural paradise of cherry orchards, blue lakes, and sandy shorelines. The serenity of the day -- and the season -- is shattered when an elderly woman walking her dogs along the beach stumbles upon the bodies of a brutally murdered couple. Sheriff Ray Elkins returns from his debut in the bestselling "Summer People" to track down the elusive killer of a vivacious and spirited young teacher. His search takes him into the dark side of an elite private school -- and into his own long-forgotten past. As Elkins unravels the mystery, the hunter becomes the hunted and one intrigue leads to another in this page-turner.


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It's a tranquil October morning in northwest lower Michigan, a rural paradise of cherry orchards, blue lakes, and sandy shorelines. The serenity of the day -- and the season -- is shattered when an elderly woman walking her dogs along the beach stumbles upon the bodies of a brutally murdered couple. Sheriff Ray Elkins returns from his debut in the bestselling "Summer Peopl It's a tranquil October morning in northwest lower Michigan, a rural paradise of cherry orchards, blue lakes, and sandy shorelines. The serenity of the day -- and the season -- is shattered when an elderly woman walking her dogs along the beach stumbles upon the bodies of a brutally murdered couple. Sheriff Ray Elkins returns from his debut in the bestselling "Summer People" to track down the elusive killer of a vivacious and spirited young teacher. His search takes him into the dark side of an elite private school -- and into his own long-forgotten past. As Elkins unravels the mystery, the hunter becomes the hunted and one intrigue leads to another in this page-turner.

30 review for Color Tour

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Fast moving murder mystery set in Northern Michigan- lots of familiar landmarks for us locals. Interesting, we'll developed characters. Fast moving murder mystery set in Northern Michigan- lots of familiar landmarks for us locals. Interesting, we'll developed characters.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    CSI Michigan style. Mr. Stranded writes another great mystery. Usually you can have a feel for who done it. Not this time. No clue of who or why. He gives lots of great detail of what, where and how the settings are set. Sometimes I think a little too much. The story is easy to follow and an enjoyable read. The actions that were taken by others made sense,. Felt sorry for the sheriff Ray, he has more war wounds being a sheriff then when he was in the military. Like I said it is a good read, I'm n CSI Michigan style. Mr. Stranded writes another great mystery. Usually you can have a feel for who done it. Not this time. No clue of who or why. He gives lots of great detail of what, where and how the settings are set. Sometimes I think a little too much. The story is easy to follow and an enjoyable read. The actions that were taken by others made sense,. Felt sorry for the sheriff Ray, he has more war wounds being a sheriff then when he was in the military. Like I said it is a good read, I'm not going to give much detail as it would only ruin the surprise, so I suggest you read this yourself. Enjoy!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Val L

    I'm a lawyer so most crime thrillers drive me insane as they tend to be too inaccurate. Color Tour pleasantly surprised me with its plausible plot. And as for the ending, other reviews claim the author disappointed by failing to provide a clear motive. But in real life, we rarely are able to present a jury with a clear - or even rational - motive. Quick and easy read. Time well spent. I'm a lawyer so most crime thrillers drive me insane as they tend to be too inaccurate. Color Tour pleasantly surprised me with its plausible plot. And as for the ending, other reviews claim the author disappointed by failing to provide a clear motive. But in real life, we rarely are able to present a jury with a clear - or even rational - motive. Quick and easy read. Time well spent.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Liz Wood

    Good read Good read I enjoyed the story as far as it went. However, I really didn't get a sense that the loose ends were tied up. In fact, I really couldn't get a sense that the story was finished. Good read Good read I enjoyed the story as far as it went. However, I really didn't get a sense that the loose ends were tied up. In fact, I really couldn't get a sense that the story was finished.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I enjoyed the setting and characters, and overall I thought it was a pretty good story that left me guessing throughout most of the book. I felt the ending was way too rushed and left too many questions unanswered, however. Probably more like 2.5 stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I liked this book a lot. My only complaint is the ending. It just sort of wrapped everything up and it was over and not very satisfactorily. The book was detailed up until the end.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Very quick read---since it takes place in my backyard, it's easy to picture. Very quick read---since it takes place in my backyard, it's easy to picture.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    This was a good book. It was lacking something but I'm not sure what. But it was good. This was a good book. It was lacking something but I'm not sure what. But it was good.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Connie Pierce

    Interesting enough whodunit. Like many reviewers I was a little disappointed in the ending. It just sort of fell flat for me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Gressley

    I enjoyed reading the book but I would like the ending written better.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Color Tour by Aaron Stander Ray Elkins series Book #2 3★ It's a tranquil October morning in northwest lower Michigan, a rural paradise of cherry orchards, blue lakes, and sandy shorelines. The serenity of the day -- and the season -- is shattered when an elderly woman walking her dogs along the beach stumbles upon the bodies of a brutally murdered couple. Sheriff Ray Elkins returns from his debut in the bestselling "Summer People" to track down the elusive killer of a vivacious and spirited young t Color Tour by Aaron Stander Ray Elkins series Book #2 3★ It's a tranquil October morning in northwest lower Michigan, a rural paradise of cherry orchards, blue lakes, and sandy shorelines. The serenity of the day -- and the season -- is shattered when an elderly woman walking her dogs along the beach stumbles upon the bodies of a brutally murdered couple. Sheriff Ray Elkins returns from his debut in the bestselling "Summer People" to track down the elusive killer of a vivacious and spirited young teacher. His search takes him into the dark side of an elite private school -- and into his own long-forgotten past. As Elkins unravels the mystery, the hunter becomes the hunted and one intrigue leads to another. 3 stars was generous for this one since it didn't seem to have an ending. The author also evidently didn't seem to know much about modern technology or how the police work a crime scene. The beginning of the book offered promise with the elderly lady finding the bodies while walking her dogs and then there was just lots of wasted dialog. I hate to be critical of any author...after all I haven't written a book or got one published...but this was just lacking something.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Set in northwest lower Michigan, a part of my state that I love, it was fun to imagine this village and it's people there. I knew exactly which beaches they were on, which dunes, where on Lake Michigan the events happened. That said, it took me awhile to get through this, sometimes it felt clunky, sometimes it felt clever. And it left a whole lot of loose story threads undone at the end, perhaps as enticement to read Ray Elkins Mystery #3. The story is complicated and somewhat convoluted. None o Set in northwest lower Michigan, a part of my state that I love, it was fun to imagine this village and it's people there. I knew exactly which beaches they were on, which dunes, where on Lake Michigan the events happened. That said, it took me awhile to get through this, sometimes it felt clunky, sometimes it felt clever. And it left a whole lot of loose story threads undone at the end, perhaps as enticement to read Ray Elkins Mystery #3. The story is complicated and somewhat convoluted. None of the characters feel completely filled out, even Ray. I'm not sure I liked any of the ancillary people, even the deceased whom people either loved or hated. Ray I'm curious about, so maybe I WILL read #3.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Noel

    This was a fairly quick read mystery but very well written. Great details and descriptions but not an over amount that would detract from the story. The novel keeps you guessing and has a surprise twist of an ending that you cannot predict. I love that it is set in Northern Michigan and really grasps the feel of the area, the tourism and the feelings of the locals. Very well portrayed from all aspects.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Adams

    Another enjoyable Ray Elkins book This one keeps you guessing until the end which surprised me. If I had one complaint, it would be the ending as it left one mystery unsolved. I generally dislike when an author seemingly tries to entice the reader to purchase the next in a series, but this was not - or does not appear - to be the case as the main storyline was explained. I guess I'll have to read the next book to know for sure! Another enjoyable Ray Elkins book This one keeps you guessing until the end which surprised me. If I had one complaint, it would be the ending as it left one mystery unsolved. I generally dislike when an author seemingly tries to entice the reader to purchase the next in a series, but this was not - or does not appear - to be the case as the main storyline was explained. I guess I'll have to read the next book to know for sure!

  15. 5 out of 5

    carolebeckett

    Aaron Sandler Books with Ray Elkins Love the series of stories with Sheriff Ray Elkins. Books are complete stand alone stories and are satisfying in content. Clues are there but you have to watch for them as they are subtle and can be missed. Ray Elkins character remind me of the Jesse Stone character written by Robert B Parker. Thanks Mr Sandler. Entertaining and satisfying reads!!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robert Osborne

    First time reading Aaron Standler A fast paced book with very interesting characters. I hope to meet some of them again in these Ray Elkins thrillers - especially Nora. I enjoyed the book right up to the end when it just ended and had me looking for a lost page. Thats the reason for 4 stars instead of 5. I loved Standler's writing style and plan to look for his other novels as well as those of authors Ray finds on library shelves during the investigation. First time reading Aaron Standler A fast paced book with very interesting characters. I hope to meet some of them again in these Ray Elkins thrillers - especially Nora. I enjoyed the book right up to the end when it just ended and had me looking for a lost page. Thats the reason for 4 stars instead of 5. I loved Standler's writing style and plan to look for his other novels as well as those of authors Ray finds on library shelves during the investigation.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    Good story line but just too slow, cannot recommend, a snoozer. Two people, a teacher and friend are brutally stabbed to death on dunes near a private school. The investigation, personalities involved and conclusion were all to fall asleep 😴 to. The first book I ever kept reading because I wanted to review it based on the entire never ending story. Who ever rates this as exciting does not have a life and needs to get out more.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Edwin Bessant

    Great detective story. A very interesting detective story, which ends up with 4 people dead and three people seriously injured. The dead included a popular school teacher, a very popular school teacher & her lover, and a former pupil from the school. The injured are the town Sheriff,a member of staff from the school, a young local disabled lad who may never recover properly as well as his very worried mother.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kiki

    Yup. A good one. I live in MI. I like detective stories. This had both in spades. Will read more by author. Enjoyed the character development. Not in love with Ray yet. Want to slap him upside of head sometimes for being so stubborn and cannot understand why he has so many good friends. He is like a young curmudgeon.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Donna Engler

    Good read The characters are interesting and not hard to follow. The plot was good. I would like to have know for sure if Ray was the girl’s father and also if his budding romance took off. Maybe we find out in follow-up book. All in all, I liked it and would read more by this author.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cathleen

    Another great read! I am so glad I found this author on Amazon. I love a well written murder mystery and this author definitely provides this. The main characters in the series are so much fun to get to know. I definitely recommend this author to readers that enjoy a good mystery.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joseph P. Pascucci

    Gripping THRILLER Very exciting, well written tale of intrigue taking p lk ace in northern Michigan leaves reader lost in thou Chan https trying bbc.co to help the sheriff solve multiple crimes. Great character development and suspenseful entanglement will keep the reader baffled into the final pages of this mystery.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    Nothing to rave about here. It was fun to read a mystery set in my home town and the mention of familiar places, but the story just doesn't hold together well. I was disappointed in the ending. There was no resolution and the reader was just left hanging. Nothing to rave about here. It was fun to read a mystery set in my home town and the mention of familiar places, but the story just doesn't hold together well. I was disappointed in the ending. There was no resolution and the reader was just left hanging.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carlin

    Excellent 2nd book in the Ray Elkins mystery series. I've now read #s 8, 3, 6, 1, and 2, in that order. Guess I'll move on to #s 4 and 5........... Still some questions about background in later books. Excellent 2nd book in the Ray Elkins mystery series. I've now read #s 8, 3, 6, 1, and 2, in that order. Guess I'll move on to #s 4 and 5........... Still some questions about background in later books.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nanette Edmonds

    Color Tour This book was better than “Summer People”, the first in the series. You really need to read these books in order, though. The story kind of skips back and forth, but it’s a good mystery and a good ending.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This book was hard to put down. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good thriller. It is the second in a series that I intend to read all of. The characters are very believable and the storyline compelling.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    A worthwhile read A gripping tale to the very end. A well written plot that was not easy to figure out. It shows the depth of evil someone with mental health and addiction issues someone can fall in to. A worthwhile read for mystery fans.

  28. 5 out of 5

    C P

    4.5 a few hours of entertainment Enjoyed this author's descriptions of local area where story takes place. Almost like reading poetry and enjoying art in the course of investigating 2 murders 4.5 a few hours of entertainment Enjoyed this author's descriptions of local area where story takes place. Almost like reading poetry and enjoying art in the course of investigating 2 murders

  29. 5 out of 5

    Art

    So I didn't dislike this, but admittedly the only reason I finished was because of the setting being in my home state of Michigan. The main characters never really fully develop; it seems so much time was spent describing the secondary that the main story arc got lost in the shuffle. So I didn't dislike this, but admittedly the only reason I finished was because of the setting being in my home state of Michigan. The main characters never really fully develop; it seems so much time was spent describing the secondary that the main story arc got lost in the shuffle.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wanita Washington

    Loneliness The book has good characters but the feeling that seemed to be strongest was loneliness. Surprise ending, but the main character, Ray, seems to be left with a sense of loss. A good read

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