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From the Edgar-nominated, bestselling series that gets better with each book, and an author who constantly surprises, comes Bermuda Schwartz--a tale of hidden treasure, murder, romance, and rum.A young scuba guide, scouting new dive sites in the shipwreck-laden reefs that rim Bermuda, makes a fatal discovery--a treasure more valuable than gold or jewels. And some people arFrom the Edgar-nominated, bestselling series that gets better with each book, and an author who constantly surprises, comes Bermuda Schwartz--a tale of hidden treasure, murder, romance, and rum.A young scuba guide, scouting new dive sites in the shipwreck-laden reefs that rim Bermuda, makes a fatal discovery--a treasure more valuable than gold or jewels. And some people are willing to kill for it.Enter Zack Chasteen, knockabout palm-tree farmer, and his inscrutable Taino associate, Boggy, who have been dragged to Bermuda by Zack's ladylove, Barbara Pickering. She needs their help throwing a gala 75th birthday party for her wealthy and eccentric Aunt Trula. While there, Zack drops by the bank to visit his money, a couple of million dollars earned in recent exploits that he has stashed away in one of the country's notorious tax-free offshore accounts. Big problem: Zack's money is gone and his bankers can't seem to explain where it is or who might have it.Zack is grappling with another issue as well: Where is this whole thing going with him and Barbara Pickering? She's not pressing, but it's clear she'd like to tie the knot, maybe start a family. Is Zack really ready to say, "I do?" As he wrestles with the dilemmas of love and money, both of which may wind up lost, Zack falls in with wise and wily Teddy Schwartz, a legendary Bermudan treasure salvager and one of Aunt Trula's longtime paramours. Schwartz is harboring a few secrets of his own, and Zack is soon crossing paths with a secret sect of religious zealots who are hoping to complete a bloody and tumultuous two-thousand-year-old quest.Suspenseful, laugh-out-loud hilarious, and startlingly original, Bermuda Schwartz is Bob Morris's best book yet, a rollicking island yarn that turns the historical puzzle thriller on its head!...

Title : Bermuda Schwartz
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ISBN : 9780312328931
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Bermuda Schwartz Reviews

  • V. Luke
    2019-02-14 13:02

    I couldnt put it down. This is one of those types of books you can escape with. Great as winter rolls in. Exciting. I guessed who did it after one character was decidedly NOt the bad guy..though one can never be positive in a mystery. I loved that it wasnt gorey and mean. "I dont like guns" says the main squeeze. YAY! the end was a bit anticlimactic but it was still fun and funny and I like Chasteen a LOT! Hes got balls. Its kinda out there but it's fiction, so why not? Theres enough negativity in the real world right, reading takes me away from the carnage!

  • Teena in Toronto
    2019-01-25 10:52

    This is the third in the Zack Chasteen series.I enjoyed the first two (though I'd read them out of order). This one was okay, not as good as the first two.I found that it got bogged down with too many details of the history of the sunken treasure. And there seemed to be so many characters to keep track of (no doubt to throw the reader off).I wasn't enthused about the one who dunnit ... and less excited about the quick wrap up at the end. It wasn't necessary.

  • Edward
    2019-01-31 11:03

    another excellent read in the Zach Chasteen series. Though reminiscent of Hiaasen and Barry and to a lesser extent Elmore Leonard, Morris really has his own style. The common threads are great writing and taking full advantage of the wealth of humorous material available in South Florida and the Caribbean.

  • Neil
    2019-01-28 08:58

    This struck me as hilarious while reading: [from page 131] "I was just thinking that maybe the Taino religion is the most honest of them all. It admits that it's based on someone being out of their gourd." Boggy looks at me. "I do not understand this," he says. "Please explain."Obviously I do not agree with this 'quote', but it is still funny nonetheless.-----------------------------------------This was an interesting book, much moreso than I thought it would be. It was recommended to me by co-worker; otherwise I would never have picked it up to read. It is a murder mystery set on the island of Bermuda. Apparently it is a sequel of sorts to one or two previous novels. It was interesting enough that I may look for the other two novels and read them as well. It moves at a good clip. The chapters are not very long, overall. Some are only one page in length. It is a novel 'on the move' as most of the action takes place over maybe a week's time. It has a nice mix of 'cultural languages' in it, in that it as a few British idioms, lots of Bermudan idioms, some Australian idioms, and some American idioms thrown in for good measure. It made the book humorous to read, in my opinion.Our hero and his girlfriend travel to Bermuda to celebrate her aunt's 'birthday.' The hero has been hired to transplant eight palm trees on her estate to celebrate each of her decades of life [seven lived and entering the eighth]. Upon arriving, they find a dead body offshore of the aunt's estate's beach. Eventually, we discover the murdered victim was from Australia and he had made an incredible underwater archaeological discovery. He was murdered because of what he found. Our hero also has an incredible stash of money sequestered on the island; when he visits the bank holding his money he finds all but two thousand dollars have been removed. Naturally, he is now on a mission to find his missing money. He also ends up helping an Australian water police officer help solve the mystery of how and why her brother died. In the end, he gets his money back, and then some.It is filled with Bermudan gangs and the island's very own 'godfather', secret religious orders, a lost remnant of the 'Cross of Christ', skullduggery, diving, boat wrecks, parties, beautiful women, an exotic locale, hired buffoons, treasures, fakes, some sex, some beatings, and a wedding.What I found to be very interesting was how the author handled Christianity in the book. The hero is very skeptical of religion in general; he mocks different religions equally throughout the book. Yet his girlfriend comes across as comfortable in a church and at home praying in the sanctuary; apparently she has some sort of Christian background and has not completely driven it out of her life. The hero meets a local diver/explorer/salvager [Teddy Schwartz] who admits that while religion plays a small part of his life, Christianity was an important part of his wife's life. I think it was maybe the second time I have heard somebody's religious beliefs and faith treated respectfully in what I would consider a secular work of fiction. No mockery, no sarcasm, no deriding comments. (view spoiler)[ I did like how the remnant of the 'Cross of Christ' was imbedded in the head of Teddy Schwartz's tombstone; that was a nice touch.(hide spoiler)] We also meet a couple of nuns who sing in beautiful harmony. I was going to talk more about the plot in spoiler, but decided not to do so. It was a fun book. I enjoyed reading it. It was more 'light-hearted' and not nearly so dark as other books I have read. Not a lot of gore, not a lot of violence, not a lot of killing, not a lot of swearing. It was a fun book to read. It held my interest throughout the entire book, and I enjoyed wondering what was going to happen next as it did not seem to follow similar paths that other 'mysteries' tend to follow.

  • Maddy
    2019-02-15 15:55

    PROTAGONIST: Zack ChasteenSETTING: BermudaSERIES: #3 of 3RATING: 2.75Zach Chasteen is an ex-NFL player who now raises palm trees in Florida. He and his significant other, Barbara Pickering, are off to Bermuda to celebrate her Aunt Trula's seventieth birthday. Accompanying them is Boggy, Zack's associate, who will be overseeing the planting of eight Madagascar palms on Aunt Trula's property in time for the festivities. Before anyone can celebrate, however, Zack and Boggy find the body of a young man in a wetsuit. His eyes have been gouged out. As it turns out, Ned McHugh's death proves to be a part of a pattern dating back several years, when two other men were found similarly disposed.Aunt Trula's friend, Sir Teddy Schwartz, is a salvager and diver who helps Zack realize that the victim had been seeking the legendary True Cross, a Christian relic lost in a shipwreck back in the 15th century. Unfortunately, Teddy is considered the prime suspect and arrested. Assisted by Ned's Australian police detective sister, Fiona, Zack follows the clues to figure out the real murderer, while also tracking down $2 million that was stolen from his bank account.Bermuda Schwartz is an adventure story with hidden treasure, murder and betrayal, but there is absolutely no depth to the tale. The characters are flat and undeveloped and at times contradictory. The first person present tense point of view was awkward. The setting was important to the plot, but it was barely described. The one element of the book that was dealt with in great depth was the background of the True Cross. In fact, I wondered how the person that told of its relevance knew so much about it. It was a case of the author's research showing, and I found the details not that interesting.Although the book is blurbed as being "laugh-out-loud hilarious", I didn't find it to be all that humorous. Zack's sense of humor oddly contradicts his tough-guy physique. I knew that he was an ex-football player, but the scenes where he is beating up other people were unconvincing. All in all, the book left me cold. I've seen quite positive reactions to the first two books in this series, so that made it all the more disappointing.

  • Sam Sirochman
    2019-01-25 12:48

    Bermuda Schwartz was an entertaining book, not the most intelligent read ever, however it was witty and sarcastic book. The characters are loveable and can be related to (not the situations). The story line begins with retired NFL linebacker Zach Chasteen, his British girlfriend Barbara Pickering, and his offbeat, co-worker Boggy, they are traveling to Bermuda to deliver majestic, 80ft palm trees for Barbara’s Aunt Trula. Upon arrival Zach discovers a dead man, then later discovers his two million dollars have been stolen, in his search for his money he has run ins with local thugs and kingpins. Whilst searching for his money he solves a Bermudian scuba diving mystery, all the while still planting the palm trees for Aunt Trula. It was the 3rd and book of a series, it wasn’t quite as good as the first two or some of Bob Morris’ other works, however that is setting a pretty high standards with Bahamarama and Jamaica Me Dead which were two of the best books I’ve read (not there are that many!)It was an easy read, pages flew by, wasn’t the best book but I would recommend it to anyone looking for a book to read for pleasure. You won’t come away with any new meanings to life, but you’ll be happy with it.

  • Leonardo Etcheto
    2019-02-10 11:03

    Starting with the great pun for a book title, this book delivers on the strange crime/comedy/commentary/travelogue blend that compromises this series. Shipwrecked treasure and human greed - the basis for a good story. As usual, Morris creates some great characters, and Chasteen manages to be on the gray side of the law with great intentions. The least favorite part of this book for me was his recover my offshore money subplot, mostly because he does it as a bull in a china shop. Acting as the heavy against and organized crime syndicate is not really the best way to proceed. If he had not had the treasure from the main plot to back him up he would have basically dug himself a deep hole. Frankly his secret bank account seems to be more trouble than it is worth - he doesn't use the money, but it is a weakness that other exploit. A good read for a cold and rainy day.

  • Ed
    2019-01-16 11:14

    #3 in the Zack Chasteen series. Zack Chasteen is an ex-Miami Dolphin safety released from prison after being wrongfully convicted of counterfeiting.Zack Chasteen and girlfriend Barbara travel to Bermuda for her aunt's 70th birthday bash. He and Boggy are to plant 8 palm trees for the occasion. Zach finds that $2MM he had deposited in a Bermuda bank is missing. He also discovers a body in the surf and gets involved with the dead man's sister in finding the connection with two similar deaths a few years earlier.

  • Jon
    2019-02-14 09:53

    Morris hits his stride with his third Zach Chasteen mystery. Despite the "punny" title, Morris crafts a great read. Morris turns up the menace and humor on Chasteen and continues to flesh out supporting characters Boggy and Barbara while delivering a great hook at the end. The plot reads a blended version of Robert Crais, Clive Cussler, Steve Berry and Dan Brown but with a wit and style all its own. Do yourself a favor and pick this up. The preview of "Dead Ahead" at the end, looks like Morris is hitting his stride.

  • Allison
    2019-02-13 11:47

    Cute book. Read because a friend told me that it was an easy read. And it is. It involves Bermuda, scuba diving, and holy relics. I like those things. The book's not bad, even though I say the ending coming from a mile a away. Didn't ruin the pleasure of reading the book. Apparently this is in a series of books with the characters in this book. I did not feel that I was missing out on anything by not having read the others.

  • Nancy H
    2019-01-21 11:52

    The books in this series just keep getting better, and I thought the first book was very good! In this, the third entry, the plot takes Zack Chasteen, along with his beautiful girlfriend Barbara, to Bermuda to participate in a birthday celebration for her aunt. Of course, long before the celebration can take place, there are murders to be solved and bad guys to be outwitted. Great fun and a great series!

  • Fred Forbes
    2019-01-24 16:12

    Anything by Bob Morris is an easy flowing read and this was no exception. Set in Bermuda as the title implies and featuring grisly murders, sunken treasure and scuba adventures as Zack Chasteen, retired Miami Dolphins player and his girl friend and sidekick arrive to plant some palms. A bit predictable and with a number of stereotypical characters, it moves along and is a pleasant bit of "mind candy".

  • David
    2019-01-25 07:49

    The third Zack Chasteen novel is another great entry. The pace is fast and the mystery is, as usual, engaging. This time the action is, as the title implies, in Bermuda. Morris writes with great description, snappy dialog without at any time compromising the suspense. His plotting and short chapters make the pages fly. I have the next two entries waiting in line.

  • Andrew Carlson
    2019-01-17 15:52

    this next in the series is a good read, same as the previous books. the story was captivating, but didn't offer many new twists. to say it's same-ol'-same-ol' is a little harsh. it is still worthy of four stars. if you liked the first Zach book, you'll like this one.

  • Wendy
    2019-02-09 14:16

    Zack is in Bermuda to help supervise the planting of his palm trees. There is scuba diving and treasure. Of course someone diesZack is funny and his friendship with his Taino partner makes the tale interesting as well as educational. Also a good armchair trip to Bermuda.

  • Zach
    2019-01-25 12:57

    This was the third book in the series and I have to say the least entertaining of the three. It was still very good but it does not compare with Jamaica Me Dead. Still it was a fun read and way better than City of Ashes which I read before this.

  • George Hamblen
    2019-01-18 08:13

    Okay read. Enjoyed the Bermuda passages. Light on character development. Anyone who know's Bermuda would get the insiders reference to the character Trimingham.

  • Ryan
    2019-02-11 08:56

    Bad title. I mean awful. But so far, I like the writing and story.

  • Tim Dunn
    2019-01-29 15:55

    Great book, fast paced, quick read....Bob Morris at his far.

  • Nick
    2019-01-28 08:15

    A bit more of the macho-badass than Zack had been in the previous books, but somehow everything came together a little better in this one.

  • Kim A
    2019-02-08 08:00

    I had never read a Bob Morris book before. The title caught my eye and I'm glad it did. I couldn't put it down. Written with sharp wit and attention to detail. I recommend it.

  • Kristen
    2019-01-27 13:09

    Ok. Just looking for an easy read. Will probably finish the series

  • Propat45
    2019-02-09 12:06

    Decent murder mystery with a tropical location. Not all that well written, fast-paced, no in-depth characterization.

  • Ann
    2019-01-30 10:10

    Just plain fun!

  • Jamie Clarke
    2019-02-01 12:06

    Good beach book, a very fast read. I liked the characters but need to go back to the first books in the series to get some of the references.

  • Dale
    2019-02-03 09:06

    Another fine installment. This time Bermuda and some Christian mythology thrown in. Right up my alley.

  • Tess
    2019-01-18 09:57

    Good fun!

  • Robin
    2019-01-16 11:02

    A fun little mystery set in Bermuda with a shipwreck/treasure hunt theme...