Without a Graveby Marcia Talley
The new Hannah Ives mystery - Hannahs in paradise, enjoying Bahamian island life. When controversy arises over the construction of a luxury resort that could devastate the coral reef, Hannah dives in. Acts of vandalism, a deadly wildfire, a missing scientist Hannah suspects a connection, but her investigation stalls when Hurricane Luis slams into the island. Before
The new Hannah Ives mystery - Hannahs in paradise, enjoying Bahamian island life. When controversy arises over the construction of a luxury resort that could devastate the coral reef, Hannah dives in. Acts of vandalism, a deadly wildfire, a missing scientist Hannah suspects a connection, but her investigation stalls when Hurricane Luis slams into the island. Before the skies clear, a dynasty is threatened by a venomous sibling rivalry, environmentalists face-off against progressive island fathers, and death pays a call . . .
Meet the Author
Marcia Talley is the author of five previous books featuring Hannah Ives. A winner of the Malice Domestic writing grant and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel, Ms. Talley won an Agatha and an Anthony Award for her short story "Too Many Cooks" and an Agatha Award for her short story "Driven to Distraction." She is the editor of two mystery collaborations, and her short stories have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. She lives with her husband in Annapolis, Maryland.
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This is another engrossing mystery from Marcia Talley. Readers who enjoy her Hannah Ives series will find this a welcome addition to their To-Be-Read pile of books. Hannah and her husband Paul are on vacation at the small area of Abaco in the Bahama isles. Paul is on Sabbatical, working on his book, and Hannah is enjoying the swimming and island dining of the island. Paradise, right? It seems so until she finds that there's a plot by a nearby developer to establish a resort with a top-notch golf course, which in this case means much of the coral reef will be endangered, and natives will no longer have access to the pristine beach that fronts the resort area. During a fire on the island, near the area where an endangered group of pure-blooded horses are running, Hannah and Paul volunteer their services to fight the fire. Hannah gets temporarily separated from Paul, and it's then she discovers a body, burned almost beyond recognition. There's a lot of charming references to the mom-and-pop dining shacks which made my mouth water; the references to the pristine waters and underwater sea life were vivid enough that I could envision being there myself. Great sketches of island characters, the scenery, and several murders which Hannah is determined to solve, all make this book one of Talley's best. Highly recommended.