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Dead in the Water
     

Dead in the Water

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by Lesley A. Diehl
 

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Sabal Bay consignment shop owner Eve Appel is fit to be tied-family tied. Just as she is basking in the warmth of a renewed relationship with her long-lost Uncle Winston, disaster strikes. He and his less welcome companion, Darlene, have come for a visit, and their request to participate in one of rural Florida's most popular tourist activities, an airboat ride

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Sabal Bay consignment shop owner Eve Appel is fit to be tied-family tied. Just as she is basking in the warmth of a renewed relationship with her long-lost Uncle Winston, disaster strikes. He and his less welcome companion, Darlene, have come for a visit, and their request to participate in one of rural Florida's most popular tourist activities, an airboat ride through the swamps, ends with her uncle being shot in the head. The killing looks suspiciously like a mob hit. Turns out Uncle Winston was "connected." Was he simply a bag man, or something more? Who is Darlene, really, and how did Winston acquire three Russian stepchildren, one of whom has been kidnapped by yet another mob family-this one Russian? Winston claimed to prize family above all else, but what "family" was he talking about: his niece Eve, his relations by marriage, or his mobster employers? When Eve's best friend Madeleine is kidnapped, Eve doesn't know where to turn. Her mob-boss buddy Nappi Napolitani? Her new Miccosukee Indian friend, the long, lean, and luscious Sammy Egret? Her ex-husband, Jerry, who is in Nappi's employ? With two mob families on her tail and her boyfriend, PI Alex Montgomery, mostly away on assignment, Eve has to act fast. Before whoever wrecked her car and left her to the mercy of the alligators finishes the job they started. Dead in the Water is the second book in the Eve Appel Mystery series.

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Dead in the Water is the second book in the Eve Appel Mystery series by Lesley A. Diehl. Camel Press, the publisher of a book I've read and reviewed recently (Sticks and Stones) figured that Dead in the Water would be another mystery novel I'd enjoy - and they were right. Dead in the Water was published this July, so it's already available for ordering.

Eve Appel is a consignment shop owner in Sabal Bay, a place in hot Florida. Eve is quite happy to hear from her uncle Winston and pleased to have him visit her after a long time. She is quite surprised to see him accompanied by his girlfriend, Darlene, but glad that her uncle is not alone, as he is not the youngest anymore either.

The couple are interested in taking part in various activities, and what really peaked their curiosity was the popular airboat ride through the local swamps.

As nice as the visit started, as badly it would end: uncle Winston gets shot in the head and dies instantly. From the looks of it, uncle Winston might have been involved with the wrong people, resulting in a mob hit. But why?

Eve has an inquisitive mind and likes to do detective work in her spare time, and this is exactly what she will do to try to find out more about the motives for the killing. The more she learns, the more she realizes that indeed her uncle might have been a mobster himself and his visit to Eve was not as pure as it might seem. The different avenues and threads that Eve has to follow take her from the mob to Russians who have their own hidden agendas, creating some surprising twists and turns along the way.

The cozy mystery is quite fun to read and even though I haven't read the first book in the series, Dead in the Water can be read as a standalone without major problems. It's definitely not a boring book! Crime, murder, kidnapping - all make fur a suspenseful and fast paced whodunit.

Over time it seemed that the various pieces of information that the author gave us were in fact carefully placed red herrings, which made me reconsider every time I thought I knew who did what and who was who. There were too many secrets and literally every person in the book had at least one kept hidden from the rest. Pretty much everyone their own agenda - and not many agendas were accompanied by a peaceful label attached to them.

The people the author brought to life are really fleshed out and fun to learn about. I think the only time I really yearned to have read the first book in the series was regarding Eve's mobster friend Nappi Napolitani, who seems to be a character all by himself. I would definitely want to learn more about him - I bet he has an intriguing story to tell.

Eve's boyfriend, PI Alex Montgomery, seems to be more away than present, and this is also a character that I wish I knew more about - he probably also features in the author's first book, and hopefully more than in this second one.

And speaking of characters, the Miccosukee Indian guy who helps Eve in her investigation, along with his father, is yet another person that I want to read more about. He seems positively delicious. Secretive, intriguing and full of mystery - I love this combination.

In fact none of the characters presented in the book lack intrigue. Darlene is a mystery all by herself, and uncle Winston's 3 Russian step children give a few twists in and dangerous turns in the book as well. Not to mention that at some point everyone becomes a suspect in Eve's mind. And when the killer is revealed, it is quite a surprise, I assume, to many.

Overall this is a well crafted cozy mystery that has action, adventure and detective work involved through a few interesting and fun characters to read about. While reading the book I got intrigued enough by Eve and her list of quirky friends that I'd like to read more books in the series. Especially about Eve's Indian friend.

To read more about Dead in the Water or to get the book, head over to Amazon.

--Published on Mystery Sequels.com, August 18, 2014

"Fun from Page one! …. Not only is A Secondhand Murder filled to the brim with entertaining characters, but the mystery contained in its page is also well crafted. Everyone, even Eve, seemed to have some sort of secret. I enjoyed peeling back all the layers of this story as I tried to figure out what was related to the murder and what wasn't. I absolutely enjoyed reading A Secondhand Murder. The web of murder and deceit is well spun, but the characters Ms. Diehl has created are truly the shining stars of this book. Anyone looking for a laugh out loud, fast paced mystery would do well to pick up A Secondhand Murder today." -Dec. 20, 2013; Long and Short Reviews

"How can you not love a cheeky Yankee-chick-consignment-shop-entrepreneur who's willing to fight alligators, the Russian mob, and treacherous blackmailers to avenge her uncle's murder? Eve Appel is strong-willed and sassy and will stop at nothing to save her kidnapped friend and learn the truth, even it means putting herself in danger or ruining her Jimmy Choos. Eve does it all with class and a gaggle of smitten lovers and quirky friends. Dead in the Water is a laugh-out-loud cozy with just the right balance of suspense, plot twists, romance, and airboat rides." --Sharon Potts, author of South Beach Cinderella

"Lesley Diehl has outdone herself with Dead in the Water. She still has her carefully drawn characters you enjoy knowing and the sense of humor that makes you laugh out loud. But in Dead in the Water, Diehl has developed her most involved plot. With murder, kidnapping, the mob and alligators, you won't want to put the book down. This second Eve Appel Mystery is a must read." --James R. Callan, author of Cleansed by Fire and A Ton of Gold

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603819374
Publisher:
Coffeetown Enterprises, Inc.
Publication date:
07/15/2014
Pages:
246
Sales rank:
835,201
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Read an Excerpt


"You need something?"

"A ride on your boat. How much?" Why else would I be here? Not for the polite conversation.

He uncrossed his arms and stepped forward. "It's kind of late in the day. And it's cold. You sure you wouldn't want to come back another time?" He looked me up and down, then settled his gaze on my boots. His surly attitude swept my hesitation to one side. I was determined to have a trip on that boat today.

"I need to go now."

His sweeping visual assessment of me made me feel as if my clothes hid nothing.

He nodded. "Emu?"

"I'm sorry. I don't understand the Seminole language."

"I'm Miccosukee. I wondered if your boots were made of emu."

"Oh." I gave a nervous laugh. "Ostrich."

"Well, we were both wrong then, I guess. That'll be twenty bucks." He held out his hand for the money.

I extracted the bill from my jeans pocket. When he took it, he held onto my hand just a moment too long. The touch was electric. When he let go, I felt as if my hand had been branded. The heat of his touch remained. He gestured to follow him to the boat.

I walked behind him, marveling at his height. He had to be at least six feet six. I'd never seen a native this tall. Most were shorter, rounder.

As if he could read my thoughts, he turned and stopped. "My mother was white. Tall like you, but she had more up top." He then continued down the path.

"Listen, you--"

"What?"

He stopped and walked back toward me.

"You want to go someplace in particular." It was a statement, not a question.

How did he know that?

If the first airboat was like being on a carnival ride, this smaller boat slipped and slid over the surface of the water like a toboggan on ice. I hung onto the side of the boat as if expecting to be thrown into the water at any moment. Just when I told myself I had adjusted to the swaying motion and could move with it, the boat made a sudden jerk to the left. I gripped the side with both hands. I could almost feel the pilot smirking at my fear.

I had told him where I wanted to go, simply describing the place as the one where the other airboat company visited the resident gator. I didn't have to provide anything more in the way of directions. My guide nodded. "I know the place. It's the one where the Hardy boy likes to annoy Mathilda."

"Mathilda?"

"Mama gator."

"He told us they were all mamas."

"Yeah, well, he's dead wrong or will be when he chooses one of the big ones to hassle during mating season. What that boy knows about gators wouldn't fill a shot glass."

Meet the Author


Lesley retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in upstate New York. In the winter she migrates to old Florida--cowboys, scrub palmetto, and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office. Back north, she devotes her afternoons to writing and, when the sun sets, relaxing on the bank of her trout stream, sipping tea or a local microbrew. You can find Lesley online at www.lesleyadiehl.com.

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Dead in the Water 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Lesley A. Diehl in her new book, “Dead In The Water” Book Two in the Eve Appel Mystery series published by Camel Press gives us a new adventure with Eve Appel. From the back cover: Sabal Bay consignment shop owner Eve Appel is fit to be tied-family tied. Just as she is basking in the warmth of a renewed relationship with her long-lost Uncle Winston, disaster strikes. He and his less welcome companion, Darlene, have come for a visit, and their request to participate in one of rural Florida’s most popular tourist activities, an airboat ride through the swamps, ends with her uncle being shot in the head. The killing looks suspiciously like a mob hit. Turns out Uncle Winston was “connected.” Was he simply a bag man, or something more? Who is Darlene, really, and how did Winston acquire three Russian stepchildren, one of whom has been kidnapped by yet another mob family-this one Russian? Winston claimed to prize family above all else, but what “family” was he talking about: his niece Eve, his relations by marriage, or his mobster employers? When Eve’s best friend Madeleine is kidnapped, Eve doesn’t know where to turn. Her mob-boss buddy Nappi Napolitani? Her new Miccosukee Indian friend, the long, lean, and luscious Sammy Egret? Her ex-husband, Jerry, who is in Nappi’s employ? With two mob families on her tail and her boyfriend, PI Alex Montgomery, mostly away on assignment, Eve has to act fast. Before whoever wrecked her car and left her to the mercy of the alligators finishes the job they started. Dead in the Water is the second book in the Eve Appel Mystery series. They say that you can choose your friends but not your family. This saying is taken to the extreme within the pages of this book. First there is Eve Winston’s real relative. Then there are the Russian stepchildren related by marriage. And finally there is the “mob”. Someone wanted Winston dead. We know it wasn’t Eve. And if Eve doesn’t figure this all out soon she might wind up like her uncle. “Dead in the Water” is a wonderful thriller as the tension mounts as Eve is trying to identify the killer. “Dead in the Water” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Ms. Diehl has provided us with a great character in Eve Appel and I am already looking forward until the next book in this series comes out. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Camel Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first in the series A SECONDHAND MURDER and liked it enough to read this next one, and will read the third one when it comes out. DEAD IN THE WATER-Lesley A. Diehl-TPB-2014-Newest/second in the Consignment Shop series taking place in Florida. with Eve Appel, owner of a high class consignment store with her friend Madeleine Boudreau. Eve’s long-lost Uncle Winston came to visit with his companion Darlene Banks. Winston wants to do the tourist thing of going through the swamps on an airboat. He is murdered before he can finish the boat ride. Evidently he had ties to one of the mobs. His Russian brother and sister step-children didn’t get the inheritance they thought they would get when he died. They claim their sister has been kidnapped by the mob, and they need Eve to give them the ransom money since she inherited money. That isn’t the only kidnapping.. First line: “It was so hot in my closet, I could feel my makeup running down my face, and so dark I couldn’t see where I was going.”