by Mary Keliikoa
October 23 - November 17, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
Sheriff Jax Turner is learning to live again. Holding tight to the hope of reconciling with his FBI agent ex-wife, the wary man is determined to keep his focus on his coastal Oregon community. And after a concerned brother requests a welfare check, Jax is troubled to find the absent surf shop owner’s tracks lead to a pool of blood.
Now investigating a potential homicide, Turner chases a tip from his former spouse about a severed foot found on the beach. But when a torrent of leads links the victim to a politician's son, a jealous competitor, and a get-straight program for youth, the steadfast lawman fears layers of lies and secret agendas will keep him from stopping a vicious killer.
Can he unravel the fatal agenda before he’s the next corpse to wash ashore?
If you like flawed heroes, gritty crimes, and dark twists and turns, then you’ll love Deadly Tides, the chilling second book in Mary Keliikoa’s Misty Pines Mystery Series.
Praise for Deadly Tides:
"Keliikoa has crafted a page-turning second installment....An intense and satisfying whodunit."
~ Kirkus Reviews
"In this atmospheric second entry in her Misty Pines series, Mary Keliikoa has crafted a taut, small-town police procedural with a fine cast of compelling characters. Deadly Tides is a marvelously labyrinthine mystery that lays bare the tortured nature of a spirit driven to murder. That alone would be enough to recommend it. But it's also a poignant exploration of loss and the difficult journey that leads to healing. In the crime genre, that's a rare and beautiful accomplishment."
~ William Kent Krueger, author of Fox Creek and This Tender Land
"In Mary Keliikoa's Deadly Tides, a small seaside town can be murder. A perfect blend of a twisty whodunnit and a heartbreaking examination of loss and love, Deadly Tides is a thrilling continuation of this new series!"
~ Rachel Howzell Hall, best-selling novelist of We Lie Here and These Toxic Things
"Fantastic! A severed foot, a pool of blood, a missing man, and an expanding web of suspects in the small Oregon town of Misty Pines. Sheriff Jax Turner sure has his hands full. Mary Keliikoa's "Deadly Tides" is as taut as a drum, a real page-turner with a propulsive climax that'll have you literally holding your breath. Loved it."
~ Tracy Clark, author of the Cass Raines Chicago Mystery series and the Det. Harriet Foster series
I enjoyed this murder mystery set on the Oregon coast. I remember when shoes with feet inside washed up on Washington and British Columbia shores so this novel was of particular interest to me. I like how Keliikoa created a believable plot and motive structure for the same kind of events. The plot is a little complex as there are layers of participants to the events Jax is investigating. The layers of responsibility are revealed as the investigation proceeds. There was a great twist near the end that led to good suspense.
While I liked the setting and plot, I think the characters made the novel so enjoyable. The major ones have suffered loss and part of the impact of the novel is how each of them reacted to that loss. Since this is the second in a series and the character reactions are so important, I would recommend reading the earlier novel first. I also like the introduction of a new deputy and I hope she and her sidekick figure prominently in the next novel.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
You can read my review of the first in this series, Hidden Pieces.
Genre: Police Procedural, Psychological Suspense
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: October 2023
Number of Pages: 299
ISBN: 9781685122799 (ISBN10: 1685122795)
Series: Misty Pines Mystery, #2
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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.)