Who is killing residents of a sea island community? Marley Clark, a retired military intelligence officer, works security for the Dear Island community simply to keep busy. A single night patrol transforms the feisty widow’s yawner of a job into a deadly battle of wits when she finds an islander drowned and bobbing naked amid a potpourri of veggies in a Jacuzzi. Asked to serve as the lead investigator’s liaison, the 52-year-old heroine is startled to discover she’s become Deputy Braden Mann’s target as well – for romance. Yet their steamy attraction doesn’t deter the pair from sorting through a viper’s nest of suspects as the body count grows and the pun-loving killer plans a grizzly epitaph for Marley.
Review: Do you love a book that keeps you up hours past your bedtime? This book had me hooked right from the first page. The author just went BAMM! and started right in with the discovery of a murder. No lead ups, no this might happen… Just a curiously opened gate, lights that should be on are out, and a pile of clothing left near a Jacuzzi. Oh yeah. And a body.
Our wonderfully *ahem* older heroine is a retired lieutenant colonel now working security duty for the small island resort named Dear. And, yes, many puns are played on the name, but the author has a wonderful way of illustrating this small quaint island so much so that if I didn’t already live in paradise, I’d be packing my bags for South Carolina.
Soon into the story our wonderfully *ahem* older heroine meets a somewhat younger man, a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the case. As an *ahem* older woman, it was wonderful to not only have an intelligent older woman as a lead character but also see a relationship develop. And not some stodgy “Let’s take evening walks then watch the news” type of relationship. I’m talking honest-to-goodness sexual attraction (because, yes, even women in their 50’s do get horny!). Even better, Braden appears to be attracted to Marley from the get-go.
Linda Lovely is a new author to watch, with her second mystery, No Wake Zone (the sequel to Dear Killer) just recently released. I’ve already started to read it so you’ll see the review here soon!
Favorite Quote: “An egret soared in the Carolina blue sky. As sunlight pierced its white feathers, the translucent wings glowed. Only the soothing metronome of gentle surf and the calls of quarreling seagulls broke the silence.”