A Book by the Bay Mystery #3
Berkley Prime Crime
by Barbara Buhrer
and the Bayside Book Writers look forward to the arrival of book
award winner, author Nick Plumley, who will come to work on the
sequel to his book about the POW camp at New Bern, North Carolina.
They expect to benefit from his expertise in their literary endeavors.
He is more interested in the old bungalow, the home of the Whites.
White was the warden of the POW camp. His daughter, Evelyn, took
painting lessons from German prisoner, Henrich Kamller. They fell
in love and theirs was an ill fated affair. Hamller and a fellow
prisoner staged an escape during which a prison guard, James Hatcher,
is killed. They escape and are never found. Evelyn always believed
in Henry's innocence.
Plumley's h ouse one afternoon, Olivia finds him dead, strangled
to death. There seems to be no motive for this crime. Why was he
so interested in White's house? Why was the watercolor painted by
the German prisoner hidden in the staircase? Was there any connection
to the love affair between Evelyn and Henry? Where had the POWs
find the answers to these questions to discover the reason for the
murder. With her pet poodle, Captain Haviland, and the support of
police sheriff, Sawyer Rawlings, she follows the path from the past
to the present even though she is in the midst of opening the new
Bayside Crab House and is coping with her new half brother's problems.
This is a book
filled with intrigue and deep emotion. The author has skillfully
evoked a sense of time and place. There is an excellent picture
of life in the POW camp and the people in them. The ill fated love
affair between Evelyn and Henry (Heimrich) is a poignant one. The
author brings the past and the present together with a twist at
the surprising end.