(Jake) Tiptree lives in Eastport, Maine, and is remarried
and happily involved in the ongoing rehab of her old house.
I love her interaction with her best friend Ellie White, who,
along with Jake, form an informal sleuthing duo. When asked
to check the steeple on the two-hundred-year-old All Faith
Chapel, they discover that the steeple won't survive the approaching
storm. Then, a 14 year-old girl is discovered in the steeple,
her throat cut. Eastport police Chief Bob Arnold immediately
locks down the town.
Lizzie Snow arrives in Eastport to find her missing niece.
She settles into a motel and, during an evening stroll, sees
a young man near the chapel. Lizzie speaks with law enforcement
at the crime scene while avoiding her former lover, Dylan
Hudson, now with the Eastport police. An ex-cop with a strong
incentive to succeed, Lizzie learns that Dylan has information
that can lead to finding her last surviving relative, but
he wants to rekindle their relationship. The police arrest
Chip Hahn, a guest of Jake's son, Sam, and their main suspect.
But the weather isn't the only storm brewing: the dead girl's
father wants to avenge her murder, and Sam willingly places
his life in danger to save his friend.
It's clear from the first few pages that this isn't the first
book in the series, but the author engaged me immediately
with her charming characters, and with their realistic emotions
and reactions. Sarah Graves' writing has a charming touch
of humor, but it's her solid, fast-paced plot with its many
twists and turns that kept me entranced to the very end
and yearning for more. I will definitely read her past releases.
Most of all, I loved Lizzie's character who, in my mind, is
worthy of her own series.