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Without a Grave [NOOK Book]

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This book presents the new Hannah Ives mystery. Hannah's in paradise, enjoying the active, back-to-basics rhythms of 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 Helen slams into the island. Before the skies clear, a dynasty is threatened by a venomous sibling rivalry, environmentalists ...

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Overview

This book presents the new Hannah Ives mystery. Hannah's in paradise, enjoying the active, back-to-basics rhythms of 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 Helen 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 somebody else will die. Gin-clear waters, sand so white you're blinded by the glare, palms rustling in a tropical breeze. Paradise? Sometimes it's just an illusion...

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Hannah Ives and her husband, Paul, are enjoying a holiday in the Bahamas while Paul takes a sabbatical from his position as professor of mathematics at the Naval Academy and concentrates on writing a textbook on geometry. This gives Hannah the perfect excuse to kick back and enjoy the Bahamian paradise until she discovers that the development of a new luxury resort, the Tamarind Tree, will destroy the coral reef just off the island. A series of mysterious and deadly events, including minor acts of vandalism, a dangerous wildfire, and a missing scientist, all seem to lead back to the Tamarind Tree developer, Rudolph Mueller. Never one to sit back when there's a problem to be solved, Hannah soon finds herself involved in supporting the locals in their fight to block the resort's plan. Capturing the allure of a tropical paradise but adding a cautionary note about the ecological implications of the exploitation of the land, Talley serves up a fine and suspenseful mystery featuring a feisty and likable heroine
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A scrappy granny survives cancer, too many Bahama Mamas, a wildfire, a hurricane and even getting shot at. Hannah Ives and her husband are enjoying his six-month sabbatical from teaching math by lolling about on Bonefish Cay. But their days of fun in the sun end when Hannah becomes embroiled in the locals' protest against El Mirador Land Corporation, whose plan to develop a posh island resort will endanger the coral reef, the water supply, the native economy and, of course, the spectacular views. Still, developer Rudolph Mueller is a charmer, and his daughter Gabriele is a fashion plate. It's his son Jaime, an unscrupulous wife-beater, who's the real problem. Is he behind the disappearance of a missing oceanography expert and his wife just before an impact statement in which the expert planned to side with the locals? Hannah and her nearest neighbor, septuagenarian Molly, have their snooping interrupted by wildfires and a hurricane, and private security guards take potshots at them. But they manage to withstand all pressures-even finding a few dead bodies-and return the Cay to its blissful toast-in-the-sun existence. Hannah (Dead Man Dancing, 2008, etc.) is likable but not very memorable. The plot is merely an excuse for extolling a Caribbean retirement whose virtues seem pretty clear already.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780100296
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Series: Hannah Ives Mysteries , #8
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 211
  • Sales rank: 824,101
  • File size: 310 KB

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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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    The Game's Afoot for Bahama Mama and Friends

    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.

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