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Judas Island (Bay Tanner Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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Bay Tanner's fledgling detective agency gets off the ground when she, the Judge, and Eric Whiteside look into the murder of an old college friend of Eric's. Right before he was killed, Grey Palmer Jr. contacted Eric to tell him that while working as an archeologist on the islands off of Beaufort, SC, he had found the remains of a man who was recently killed. The next day, Grey's body is found underwater, tied to his boat, his face mutilated by the boat's propeller. As Bay and Eric get closer to the truth, they ...
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Overview


Bay Tanner's fledgling detective agency gets off the ground when she, the Judge, and Eric Whiteside look into the murder of an old college friend of Eric's. Right before he was killed, Grey Palmer Jr. contacted Eric to tell him that while working as an archeologist on the islands off of Beaufort, SC, he had found the remains of a man who was recently killed. The next day, Grey's body is found underwater, tied to his boat, his face mutilated by the boat's propeller. As Bay and Eric get closer to the truth, they find themselves uncovering secrets that have long been buried.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in South Carolina's low country, Wall's cozy series featuring widowed accountant Bay Tanner gets better with each book. In her fourth outing (after 2003's Perdition House), Bay returns home from an extended stay in Paris to find that her father, the Simpson part of Simpson & Tanner, Inquiry Agents, is making regular and significant payments to a mysterious visitor. When Judge Simpson refuses to answer Bay's questions about what's going on, Bay is stumped. How could her father be a blackmailer's target? Meanwhile, an old college friend of computer expert Eric Whiteside, with whom Bay started Simpson & Tanner, is killed in a freak boating accident, leaving a not-so-grieving father and a girlfriend who insists the death was murder. Wall manages to keep several seemingly unconnected story lines in play, building suspense gradually until things fall neatly into place. Her greatest strength, however, is her heroine, who exudes self-confidence whether auditing the books of a shrimping company or consulting a forensics expert. Bay's wry observation on how middle-aged women are invisible to waitresses if an attractive man is nearby cuts to the bone, but is made without rancor. Wall should continue to build a following among fans of older female sleuths. Agent, Amy Rennert. (June 2) Forecast: Carolyn Hart, author of the light-as-a-feather Death on Demand series, also set in the low country, provides a blurb, but readers will find Bay closer in spirit to Deborah Knott, Margaret Maron's more nuanced mystery heroine. The atmospheric jacket art shows a magnolia trees with an unidentified Drayton Hall, one of South Carolina's finest plantation houses, in the distance. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Bay Tanner (Perdition House) leaves her Paris lover after he's summoned to a new Interpol gig. Back at her Hilton Head home, she takes on two investigative jobs. For one, she uses the skills she learned as a CPA to finger a local embezzler. The other is more complicated: a former college friend of her partner finds a recent skeleton on an island, then dies a suspicious death. Weighted with emotional baggage (her murdered husband, her distant lover), Bay does her best to concentrate. A solidly constructed plot, detailed prose, and approachable characters bolster this welcome series addition. Wall, a former accountant, lives in Hilton Head, SC. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Abandoned by her lover's defection back to Interpol, private eye Bay Tanner (Perdition House, 2003) returns from Paris to the South Carolina Lowcountry, where she finds mystery aplenty to distract her from Alain Darnay. Three puzzles lure Bay from her beloved cottage on Hilton Head, where she's holed up trying to find solace in the tempting meals prepared by housekeeper Dolores Santiago. An old friend, lawyer Chris Brandon, wants her to check out a possible fiddle with the books at Dwight and Bubba Mitchell's seafood shop. Still more urgent is the plea of her father's longtime cook and caretaker Lavinia Smalls to find out why Judge Talbot Simpson has started receiving monthly visits from Felicity Baronne, and why he sends her a handsome check after each. But the most gripping and dangerous is the death of young Gray Palmer, her partner Erik Whiteside's college roommate. Gray, an archaeologist, had asked Erik to check into a skeleton he found on a nearby islet, but before Erik can begin, Gray's drowned body is discovered dangling from a rope off the side of his powerboat. Gray's partner, Araminda Albright, wants Erik and Bay to investigate, but Gray's father isn't so sure. He offers and rescinds a contract more than once, convincing Bay and Erik that something is mighty fishy at their end of the Atlantic. A decent mystery overpowered by too much local color and domestic detail. Agent: Amy Rennert/Amy Rennert Agency
From the Publisher
Praise for Perdition House

"Kathryn Wall's touch and tender sleuth Bay Tanner takes top honors in any list of new female investigators. In Perdition House, Bay deals with a painful past and a dicey future. Wall hauntingly evokes the lovely South Carolina Low Country in a suspenseful novel of lost love, double dealing, and danger. First rate."

- Carolyn Hart, author of April Fool Dead

"The suspense ratchets up periodically, the characters are all well drawn and unique, and the writing evokes the new South without resorting to stereotype. Best of all, Bay makes a believable and appealing protagonist."

- The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"If anything, Wall's stories are getting better. I found myself eager to get home from work so I could finish reading. And this wasn't a book I rushed through. It's an enjoyable story from beginning to end."

- Beaufort Gazette

"...St. Martin's Minotaur has a real winner on its hands with Bay Tanner, and South Carolina has a rising literary star in Kathryn Wall."

- The State, Columbia South Carolina

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429931281
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/3/2005
  • Series: Bay Tanner Series , #4
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 195,003
  • File size: 408 KB

Meet the Author


Kathryn Wall was an accountant for 25 years in Ohio before retiring with her husband to Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Great series. 

    Great series. 

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