I don’t think I’ve ever read a mystery on a boat, unless you count binge watching NCIS (I don’t). Which, when you think about it, is an awesome place to have a mystery – the whole suspects all in one place scenario. And this story is so good – both in how it’s written and in the story itself.
When Emily Ridge accepts her first captaincy for a deluxe boat, she never expects to find this much trouble abroad. The daughter of eccentric billionaire Roy Patterson goes overboard and is found dead, and from there, Emily’s life spirals down a path that’s a little too familiar for her, as her husband Jesse was killed a few years prior.
This mystery is great – it weaves the mysterious circumstances around Jesse’s death with the girl’s death, and we quickly find out there is a link between the two. I particularly like how much of the lifestyle shone through, as someone who is a complete boat idiot but enjoys a cruise down the river. Getting a peek into how and why someone would want to be a ‘boat bum’ as Emily calls it was awesome.
There’s quite a bit of intrigue in this story, from oddly suspicious people to overly friendly old acquaintances, and that tied with the on-going events unfolding means this is a great read. Each chapter builds the story further and faster, and I found myself resenting having to put down the story to do mundane, real life things. Who wants to cook dinner when there’s a murderer around?
The only thing that gave me a bit of a pause in the story was one particular character, who had a brief past with Emily and instantly raised my suspicious meters. There were one or two instances with this fellow where I felt like Emily, who normally seems pretty logical and smart, flip flops so suddenly it didn’t really feel realistic, which meant I felt like one of the reactions may have been shoehorned in to make the plot fit. It was odd enough that it stuck out to me in an otherwise quite well-written story.
Given the phenomenal rest of the story, I feel the tiny things can certainly be excused under the guise of human foibles. This book freaking rocked, and I really, REALLY want to read the rest of the series.