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Black Water (A Pat Tierney Mystery - book #2) (Volume 2) Paperback – May 22, 2013
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About the Author
Born and raised in Montreal, Rosemary McCracken has worked on newspapers across Canada as a reporter, arts writer and reviewer, editorial writer and editor. She is now a freelance journalist, specializing in personal finance and the financial services industry. She advocates greater protection for investors. Rosemary's short fiction has been published by Room of One's Own Press, Kaleidoscope Books and Sisters in Crime Canada. Safe Harbor, her first suspense thriller, was shortlisted for Britain's Debut Dagger award in 2010, and released by Imajin Books in 2012. Black Water is the second book in the Pat Tierney series. Rosemary lives with her husband in Toronto, and does much of her fiction writing at her stone cottage in Ontario's Haliburton Highlands.
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Pat uses the opening of a branch of her investment firm in the small Canadian community of Braeloch as an excuse to snoop around the village. She moves her kids and her dog into a remote house owned by her company and meets the investment counselors she will be helping. With a town filled with suspects and an investment firm to launch, Pat might have bitten off too much. Danger lurks in the shadows, a biker gang, shotgun wielding drug growers, and someone tampering with her car. The excitement ramps up as Pat races through the woods and over thin ice on a snowmobile. She jeopardizes her job and her family but she must solve the crime. It might mean life or death.
Although this book is the second in the series, it is also a stand alone novel with enough information about recurring characters to satisfy a new reader. I recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys mysteries and adventure.
To make matters worse, Jamie has disappeared but Tracy's car is still at the scene. Because Tracy has been told by police she can't leave town, Pat finds herself in Braeloch, meeting Jamie's mother Veronica, a good thing because after talking with her, Pat finds she is now able to put Tracy's life choice into perspective. But she is unable to locate Jamie and fears something has either scared her off or something has happened to her. She is absolutely sure Jamie is not a murderer. This is bolstered after a chance meeting with an old friend and confidante, Sister Celia, who knows Jamie and her family and also knows the victim well as an employee at the Church.
Pat, a financial advisor, comes up with a plan thanks to her employer at Norris Cassidy, and positions herself at the newly opened branch in the town of Braeloch. So begins the search and chase, the sleuthing to find a killer...and hopefully Jamie. Murder is not the only thing Pat will find taking her attention. When her family is threatened, it's a whole new ballgame and she finds herself on the run with her kids. One might even say 'on the fly' as she takes a leap of faith on a snowmobile. Will she be able to work out the numerous oddities that turn up? Rosemary McCracken's writing is descriptive, the camaraderie amongst many townspeople brings Pat comfort and some of the unusual characters bring some humor and pathos to the mix. An interesting storyline with surprises in store for everyone.
I really enjoyed spending time with some of the characters from the first book while being introduced to new folks in Black Water. You really feel like these are regular people caught in crazy situations. I think I read the book in about 2.5 days simply because I could not put it down. I very much look forward to the next in the series!