It’s windy and rainy in the Pacific Northwest, perfect for cozying up with a good read! On the west coast of the island, Tofino is getting seven-meter waves (close to twenty-three feet!) making the storm watchers very happy, lol.
Everything that could go wrong seemed to happen this week. I took my car in for its spring oil change and was informed multiple leaks had formed under the engine, so I had to take it to a garage for repairs. That was Thursday and we still haven’t got it back, which means Mom’s wound care clinic appointment had to be set back- not ideal.
Then a leak developed in the RV’s kitchen, and when we traced it back, we found the hot water tank let go, filling the outdoor under trailer storage with water. There were even mushrooms growing-eww!
All of this when hubby was on a two-week layoff do to a lumber shortage. There’s a big movement toward saving old growth forests, and while I understand, it is hard for people who count on the sawmills for jobs. I wish they could come to an amicable agreement.
Anyway, back to the murder-mysteries.
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The first was a surprise. When I picked up D.L. Finn’s Dolphin’s Cave I expected a fun YA adventure story. It’s that, and so much more!
Coral Dover lost her parents in a horrifying plane crash in the Hawaiian Islands and now lives with her Aunt Ruby. She has recurring dreams of swimming in the ocean and ending up in a city made of gold on the back of a dolphin. Just when something momentous is about to happen, she wakes up. These dreams leave her unsettled and filled with the urge to travel to where her parents disappeared, so she can finally get to the truth, and some closure.
Finally, Aunt Ruby makes arrangements for the trip and invites the Penny’s, working associates and close friends, to join them.
Strange events begin to occur almost as soon as the group touch down. Coral is sure someone is taking photos of them, and enlists the Penny’s handsome son, Ben, to help her catch the culprits and find out what they’re up to. But then, things take a dangerous turn and suddenly everyone becomes a suspect.
Can Coral uncover the mystery and discover the message behind her dreams before someone she cares about dies?
This is a wonderful read. The characters are well fleshed out, the settings beautiful and magical in turn, with a plot that’s a page-turning adventure!
Next, I have a police procedural by Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Melinda Leigh. Dead Against Her is the fifth in the Bree Taggert series.
“I voluntarily read an ARC of this book which was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.”
When the mutilated bodies of a mother and her ex-deputy son are found in the woman’s home, Sheriff Bree Taggert is called to investigate the murders.
Bree is reminded of her own family’s murder/suicide when she was a child and has to fight to set her feelings aside in order to do her job- made more difficult by her tumultuous past with one of the victims.
Deputy Eugene Oscar caused her nothing but misery when she took over from the previous corrupt sheriff until she let him go. Now he’s dead and the pressure is on her to find the killers with a conflict-of-interest threat hanging over her head. Adding to the stress, someone is trying to dirty her image by distributing fake deep web photos and videos of Bree in sexual poses. It’s upsetting and demeaning, but she’s determined to ignore it and work on her investigation until a threat to her life amps up the stakes.
This is a fast-paced drama with plenty of red herrings. I didn’t guess who was behind the murders until the last few chapters- I love when that happens!
How’s your week going?
This glorious plum tree was the bright spot in my crappy week. 🙂