by Lois Schmitt
June 1-30, 2021 Tour
Meanwhile, a body is found in the bay. Kristy, aided by her veterinarian daughter, investigates and discovers deep secrets among the aquarium staff--secrets that point to one of them as a killer. Soon the aquarium is plagued with accidents, Kristy has a near death encounter with a nine foot bull shark, and a second murder occurs.
But ferreting out the murderer and discovering the story behind Sam's disappearance aren't Kristy's only challenges. When her widowed septuagenarian mother announces her engagement, Kristy suspects her mom's soon to be husband is not all he appears to be. As Kristy tries to find the truth before her mother ties the knot, she also races the clock to find the aquarium killer before this killer strikes again.
This is an enjoyable mystery with the unusual setting of an aquarium. I like the idea of the amateur sleuth, Kristy, being a magazine feature writer. That gives her good reason to be active in the murder investigation. Her character is well developed. I had to laugh at the characterization of the crabby police detective. He didn't want Kristy involved but she showed him how to really uncover the murderer.
The novel got off to a bit of a confusing start with a missing person, a situation I felt fell flat, having no real purpose. The plot did develop well after that with two murders. There is a good balance between the murder investigation by Kristy and her own personal life, including a troubling situation with her mother.
I liked learning about marine life, like sharks. I appreciate the additional issue of commercial development of condos and big box stores verses aquarium expansion. This is a good novel to read for entertainment and for learning about marine animals and their care. Working for an aquarium can be a deadly occupation.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Encircle Publications
Publication Date: July 15th 2019
Number of Pages: 244
ISBN: 1948338793 (ISBN13: 9781948338790)
Series: A Kristy Farrell Mystery #2 || Each is a Stand-Alone Novel
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Encircle Publications | Goodreads
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