Conquill Press, Mar 21 2015, $15.00
Still on medical leave after being shot and her partner killed while on duty several months ago, Minneapolis Homicide Detective Brie Beaumont works as a second mate on the Schooner Maine Wind sailing with passengers and crew along the New England coast. When the torrential rains and winds of Hurricane Ivan begin to blow in force off Maine, Captain John DuLac sails for Apparition Island.
As they near their anchoring locale, Brie shouts “man overboard!” John notifies the Coast Guard while they bring a deceased female onboard. On Apparition Island, Brie, who also helps the Maine State Police, learns the victim was reporter Claire Whitehall. She also finds out that the dead journalist was researching the Outer Banks “lobster wars”. Though the islanders remain uncooperative and taciturn, Claire’s investigation leads her to the 1958 cold case death of Blythe Danes Whitehall and consequently threats on her own life.
The fourth Windjammer mystery (see Rigged for Murder, Danger Sector and Cold Coast) contains a fabulous police procedural located on a temporarily locked down Maine island. Fans will believe they are visiting the isolated picturesque location made bleaker by the hurricane and meeting its reticent residents. Jenifer LeClair provides her fans with another thrilling investigation in a consistently excellent series.