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Death and Deep Waters Paperback – May 22, 2011
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If you are looking for explicit sex scenes, profanity, psychobabble, vampires, werewolves or witchcraft, this isn't the book for you. I firmly believe that I can tell a good old fashioned gumshoe tale without all of the above.
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Soon after accepting this assignment, the widow is dead
The widow's beautiful granddaughter tries to pay him off with a much lesser sum, to quit the investigation, though legally she was bound to honor the agreement. Something very dishonorable was behind all this and Kip jumped into these murky waters with both feet.
And so begins a new adventure in the world of a private investigator, rife with low-lifes and pretty girls, greed and infidelities. And secrets. Kip slowly begins to unravel the web of deceit and corruption. And this is where Don Yarber's wonderful storytelling skills come into play. He takes the reader along the journey with Kip to a beautiful world of sun and surf and deep sea fishing, exotic women and more rogue operators than most of us encounter in our daily lives! All the while Kip's life is in jeopardy; he starts to know too much. Although it is part of the fun, the reader will try to guess the outcome, the next move, or the villains of "Death and Deep Waters" in vain.
The "remains" are recovered, all right... Does Kip receive his paycheck and return to Southern California for a midnight swim with his main squeeze, the lovely, long-legged Rhonda?
If you have not yet had the pleasure of reading the works of Don Yarber and the Kip Yardley Mysteries, it is never too late to begin!
Don writes with clarity, and a large dose of humor is sprinkled throughout this sometimes violent tale. The paperback edition is well bound and durable; mine survived a water accident, none the worse for wear with just a few wrinkled pages.
This, and all of the Kip Yardley mysteries are highly recommended for those who like , or are new to this genre.
I'm not much into mystery stories, but this one is pretty good. Kip and his cohorts are fully-developed, believable characters, and Yarber keeps the macguffins to a necessary minimum. An experienced mystery buff may figure out whodunit; I couldn't. The only place it falls short is the editing; the wildly-inconsistent indentation and odd turns of phrase throughout the book got tiresome after awhile. (I suspect that the book was proofread _before_ converting to Kindle format; if so, it's clear that the reformatting tool is not to be trusted.)
Overall, though, this is a decent, satisfying read. Five stars for the story, minus one for the distracting formatting and grammar glitches.
Very much looking forward to this author's next work.
--by Glenn Ickler, author of the "Mitch and Al" mystery series