Lethal Tide by Beth Prentice is the second book in the “Aloha Lagoon Samantha Reynolds” mystery series. Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing, coming January 30, 2018
Samantha Reynold’s new life in Aloha Lagoon is awesome. She has a great job as a surf instructor at the local resort, a gorgeous boyfriend, bartender Casey Dalton, and a BFF to tell all her secrets to. But when a man from Casey’s past turns up in Aloha Lagoon claiming knowledge of a long lost treasure, life goes from paradise to downright deadly. A body in the rainforest has the police looking squarely at Casey as their number one suspect, and even Samantha has to admit that the evidence against him doesn’t look good. Now it’s up to Samantha and her BFF to find the real killer, decipher the clues to the treasure, and find out just what skeletons are lurking in her suddenly secretive boyfriend’s closet. . . even if she may not want to meet them!
This book quickly became a page-turner as I could not put this book down. When it looks like her boyfriend is the prime suspect, Sam along with her brother and BFF start an investigation that leads to murder, treasure hunting and betrayal. And boy, what a read. I like how the author set this up with just the right number of suspects who had stronger motives. It was the entanglement of the various characters and the engaging dialogue that kept me consumed by what was going on from finding the body, to the multiple break-ins, to the emotional turmoil and to the Hawaiian backdrop. Snippets of humor was present in the telling of this murder mystery that kept me entertained throughout. I had an idea of the killer’s identity and it was the path that the author took that led to the final confrontational with the surprising twist of the motive behind the murder, a twist I did not see coming. Good job. This was an enjoyably fun book and I look forward to more adventures with Sam and her friends in delightfully amusing series.
FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the author.