- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Aberdeen Bay (September 18, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608300374
- ISBN-13: 978-1608300372
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,320,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Murder at Cuyamaca Beach Paperback – September 18, 2010
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Obituary writer-turned-amateur sleuth Bella Kowalski is back in "Murder at Cuyamaca Beach," the latest from Sue McGinty. McGinty treats readers to thinly veiled references to Central Coast landmarks - and familiar figures. Makes for a fun, brisk read. --Sarah Linn, The San Luis Obispo Tribune, Dec. 13, 2010
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Good job Sue. Looking forward to a sequel of Bella and her escapades.
A really really good read!
Bev Onken, a passionate and persnickety reader
I didn't give this a five star review for two reasons: first, there are a number of errors in the book that could have been (should have been?) caught by an experienced editor. Small mistakes which would have been easy to correct, such as lack of quotation marks where there should have been some, a wrong word used here and there, and more importantly the wrong character name used or confused information from several pages earlier. Having to skip back to check slows a reader down. Also, I knew as soon as one character was introduced "who done it". Then again, I've been very spoiled by Agatha Christie books.
Overall I enjoy this author's style of storytelling.
Bella Kowalski and her husband Mike spent New Year's Eve working a fund raiser for the homeless. New Year's Day has taken them to the beach where the Polar Bear Club will take their 1st plunge of the year into the Oacufuc;s icy waters. But Bella will not only find herself facing her 1st body of freezing goose bumps, she will also find herself coming face to face with the death of a friend.
Loreli Sereno died 5 years ago. The police had originally suspected foul play but later ruled the death as an accident. Now, with the death of her sister, the case has been reopened and Bella's husband Mike, an ex-policeman, will be handling this "cold case" for the Tolosa County Sheriff's Department. Is there a connection between the deaths?
Bella finds her plate full as she tries to determine who killed both of her friends, what is really going on at the homeless ranch run by Marcus Daniel and his foster son Jeremy? What is Father Burton hiding? To add more pressure to her spinning life, Bella finds herself taking in her 18 year old nephew and an increase in responsibility at the local paper where she's in charge of writing the obits. Oh, did I mention that she also has a friendly ghost that lives in their windmill home? Never a dull day in the life of Bella Kowalski.
I know murder is serious business, but Author Sue McGinty's style of writing in Murder at Cuyamaca Beach puts suspense, a little drama and a hit of humor in her story. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and know you will too. It's so down to earth and human.