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Sins of Betrayal (Sailing Mystery Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Valerie Wilcox
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Publishers Weekly called Valerie Wilcox's debut mystery, Sins of Silence, "distinctive and intriguing." Now her sleuthing sailing instructor returns in a thrilling new adventure . . . A run of bad weather means a slow season at Larstad's Marina in Seattle, home of Kellie Montgomery's Sound Sailing offices. But Mother Nature isn't the only source of an ill wind. A day that starts with Kellie being held at gunpoint by a delusional environmentalist ends with the news that her friend Pearl, a hardy--and wealthy--seventy-five-year-old seafarer, is missing. As Kellie prepares to do battle with an extremist group who wants live-aboards like herself ousted from their sailboat homes, she also takes on the task of finding her friend. Then, when Pearl's family doesn't seem to welcome her help, Kellie's suspicions--and life--is put to the test.


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"With her meaningful plot and earthy, likable sailing instructor heroine, Wilcox treats us to an adventure that resonates long after we've finished reading. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work."
--Earlene Fowler, author of Dove in the Window


"Valerie Wilcox shows much talent and clearly a love of sailing, the sea, and Seattle . . . The story line is as crisp as a chilling morning out at sea and the sub-plots add several leagues of depth . . . a fabulous sea cruise."
--Midwest Book Review

From the Author

Although life's circumstances have often taken me from the sea's moist touch and saline scent, it has always been with me and in the stories I write. I hope you enjoy them. I welcome reader comments and will answer all email sent to: v@valeriewilcoxwrites.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 1054 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (July 1, 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BG4B5C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Sensitive Mystery June 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This second story in a series focuses on the mystery and family relations of heroine and victims rather than overt romance. While it does invoke the "romantic misunderstanding" cliche of straight romance novels, that is not a central plot device, but merely keeps Kellie's erstwhile boyfriend out of the story. Best in its exploration and handling of personal relationships (and there are quite a range of ones here), the sense of place, the building of suspense, the frisson of terror, or the dropping of (mis)clues a la Agatha are underplayed. Although sub-titled A Sailing Mystery, sailors will be disappointed. While her marina locale is intrinsic to the story, Kellie's maritime skills or time on the water are, really, irrelevant to the plot; as are the police who should have been doing the sleuthing. Just another pleasant and well-crafted mystery fiction.
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Ever since her beloved spouse died three years ago, widow Kellie Montgomery has lived on her sailing ship "Second Wind" docked at Seattle's Larstad Marina. Kellie earns a living by running the Smooth Sailing school. However, the late winter weather has virtually put a halt to Kellie's business.
Kellie's sister Mary asks her to investigate the strange disappearance of her elderly neighbor Pearl Danielson who vanished without a trace two week s ago. Kellie remains reluctant to begin sleuthing after being shot on her last investigation. She also promised her friend, homicide detective Allen Kingston, that she would never conduct inquires best left to the police. However, Pearl is a friend and former student, so Kellie starts looking for her. Kellie visits the senior citizen's condo where she runs into the first of several threats to do her bodily harm if she persists in her search for Pearl.
SINS OF BETRAYAL, the second Montgomery amateur sleuth sailing novel, is an entertaining missing person's tale and more. The story line is intelligent and filled with action. The insight into the life of Kellie's adopted daughter augments the plot with warmth. As with SINS OF SILENCE, the characters turn this mystery into an enjoyable sailing cozy.
>P>Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sailing Satisfaction for Land or Sea! July 3, 1999
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A great read for sailors on land or sea! Enjoyed this second in the sailing series featuring the engaging Kellie Montgomery, sailing instructor based in a marina in Seattle's Puget Sound. While this mystery takes Kelly more inland, her navigational skills prove just as successful. Kellie's on and off relationship with Detective Kingston takes an unusual twist and Wilcox has a sympathic view of the issue of ageism. Like her first book, Sins of Silence, she also continues to deal with the themes of family and adoption. I look forward to the next Kellie Montgomery adventure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wilcox has out done herself. July 10, 1999
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I've been sailing all my life and am also an avid mystery reader. Finally, someone has combined these two interests! Wilcox's love of sailing and the sea comes through loud and clear in her novels. Sins of Betrayal is a great read and even better than her first. I highly recommend this series for sailing enthusiasts and anyone who likes a GOOD mystery.
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More About the Author

The sea captured my heart as a young girl and I've been drawn to it ever since. So when I began writing my first mystery series, I knew intuitively that the sea would figure prominently in the stories. I also used the mystery as a vehicle to explore other themes such as adoption searches and reunions, elder abuse and identity theft. The three books in the series have been updated and are now available for e-readers.

I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and I'm currently living in Camas, Washington. My new mystery series is loosely based on my experience as concierge at a luxury condominium in a wealthy Seattle suburb. See my website at www.valeriewilcoxwrites.com for more info about me and the stories I write. I welcome reader comments and will answer all email.

I'm a graduate of the Writers' Fiction and Writers' Mystery and Suspense Fiction Programs at the University of Washington and a member of Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers' Association, and the Oregon Writers Colony.

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