Dead Man's Leap
by Tina deBellegarde
May 1-31, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
Rushing waters…dead bodies…secrets…
As Bianca St. Denis and her neighbors scour their attics for donations to the charity rummage sale, they unearth secrets as well as prized possessions. Leonard Marshall’s historic inn hosts the sale each year, but it is his basement that houses the key to his past. When an enigmatic antiques dealer arrives in town, he upends Leonard’s carefully reconstructed life with an impossible choice that harkens back to the past.
Meanwhile, when a storm forces the villagers of Batavia-on-Hudson to seek shelter, the river rises and so do tempers. Close quarters fuel simmering disputes, and Sheriff Mike Riley has his work cut out for him. When the floods wash up a corpse, Bianca once again finds herself teaming up with Sheriff Riley to solve a mystery. Are they investigating an accidental drowning or something more nefarious?
Dead Man’s Leap explores the burden of secrets, the relief of renunciation, and the danger of believing we can outpace our past.
I enjoyed this mystery set in the midst of a community atmosphere. The plot revolves around the villagers and a storm that reveals past secrets. This is a character driven mystery and it is also the characters that make the novel work. There are many relationships, some obvious but others hidden. The storm changes lives, some needing change long overdue. It all happens within a supportive community.
There are several issues explored in the plot. One is possessions. An auction is planned and villagers contribute various articles. Memories and other feelings are stimulated, a few with serious ramifications. Some people refuse to let go, whether it be an article or a relationship. And relationships is another issue. Some are so solid people would lie to preserve them. Others are fragile and in danger of crumbling.
This was a rewarding novel to read. I liked the mystery. Well, actually two mysteries, two disasters at the deadly cliff. We're left unsure about the guilt resolution of the current death so I will be looking for a sequel.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
This is the second novel in the series. You can read my review of the first one, Winter Witness.
Genre: Traditional Mystery
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: April 5, 2022
Number of Pages: 254
ISBN: 1685120849 (ISBN-13: 978-1685120849)
Series: A Batavia-on-Hudson Mystery, #2
Purchase Links: Amazon
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Author Bio:Winter Witness, the first book in her Batavia-on-Hudson Mystery series, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel, a Silver Falchion Award and a Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Award. Her story “Tokyo Stranger” which appears in the Mystery Writers of America anthology When a Stranger Comes to Town edited by Michael Koryta has been nominated for a Derringer Award. Tina’s short fiction also appears in The Best New England Crime Stories anthologies. She is the vice-president of the Upper Hudson Chapter of Sisters in Crime, a member of Mystery Writers of America and Writers in Kyoto. She lives in Catskill, New York, with her husband Denis and their cat Shelby where they tend to their beehives, harvest shiitake mushrooms, and cultivate their vegetable garden. She winters in Florida and travels to Japan regularly to visit her son Alessandro.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)