Book Review: “Dead In The Water” by Lesley A. DiehlOctober 11, 2015 at 6:13 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
Tags: Book Review, Fiction, Thriller
From the back cover: Sabal Bay consignment shop owner Eve Appel is fit to be tied-family tied. Just as she is basking in the warmth of a renewed relationship with her long-lost Uncle Winston, disaster strikes. He and his less welcome companion, Darlene, have come for a visit, and their request to participate in one of rural Florida’s most popular tourist activities, an airboat ride through the swamps, ends with her uncle being shot in the head. The killing looks suspiciously like a mob hit.
Turns out Uncle Winston was “connected.” Was he simply a bag man, or something more? Who is Darlene, really, and how did Winston acquire three Russian stepchildren, one of whom has been kidnapped by yet another mob family-this one Russian? Winston claimed to prize family above all else, but what “family” was he talking about: his niece Eve, his relations by marriage, or his mobster employers?
When Eve’s best friend Madeleine is kidnapped, Eve doesn’t know where to turn. Her mob-boss buddy Nappi Napolitani? Her new Miccosukee Indian friend, the long, lean, and luscious Sammy Egret? Her ex-husband, Jerry, who is in Nappi’s employ? With two mob families on her tail and her boyfriend, PI Alex Montgomery, mostly away on assignment, Eve has to act fast. Before whoever wrecked her car and left her to the mercy of the alligators finishes the job they started.
Dead in the Water is the second book in the Eve Appel Mystery series.
They say that you can choose your friends but not your family. This saying is taken to the extreme within the pages of this book. First there is Eve Winston’s real relative. Then there are the Russian stepchildren related by marriage. And finally there is the “mob”. Someone wanted Winston dead. We know it wasn’t Eve. And if Eve doesn’t figure this all out soon she might wind up like her uncle. “Dead in the Water” is a wonderful thriller as the tension mounts as Eve is trying to identify the killer. “Dead in the Water” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Ms. Diehl has provided us with a great character in Eve Appel and I am already looking forward until the next book in this series comes out.
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