In this twelfth installment of the award-winning series set in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Bay Tanner finds herself at the center of her own mystery when she becomes the object of a stalker. The strange, almost childish messages appear at random and quickly escalate from mildly annoying to frightening. While her apparent admirer ramps up the pressure, the inquiry agency accepts a new client. Hub Danforth wants his aging uncle, owner of a dilapidated bungalow on a beachfront property worth millions, placed under surveillance. Malcolm St. John has been acting strangely, and Hub hopes Bay and her associates can help him prove the old man incompetent, paving the way for Danforth to assume control of his assets. Although he claims he has the old man's interests at heart, Bay begins to have her doubts, especially when she discovers a large real estate conglomerate, headed by Danforth's ex-wife, also has designs on the valuable property.
Then Malcolm St. John is attacked and one of the principal players is found dead in a hotel room. Are the two incidents related? As Bay tries to probe the erratic memory of the old man, she becomes increasingly aware that he is living in a world long past, one in which life was far simpler, but which keeps him from a full realization of his own vulnerability. Can Bay keep him safe? And who exactly does he need to fear?
As her life seems to slide inexorably toward disaster, Bay Tanner must find the courage to face all her demons-both personal and professional-and to realize that reliving the past can be both a blessing-and a curse.
|Publisher:||Bella Rosa Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am always excited to see another Bay Tanner mystery released! Each and every one is an adventure and brings us closer to Bay and her entourage. I have read each one, in order, from her beginnings, and I love the way the stories interweave and reference one another, yet you can follow each one without having read previous books. Thank you Kathy for another fun read!
Kathryn R Wall, recovering from the recent death of her spouse, explores the tragedy of dementia in this latest Bay Tanner mystery. Bay Tanner has her own unresolved problems, such as the possibility of being a full time mother to her niece and nephew. Unlike Deborah Knott in the Margaret Maron series, Bay is extremely self-centered and does not seem capable of becoming a mother to her husband's child (ren). Old cases haunt Bay, and turn one of the victims into a stalker. I enjoy the familiar style of Wall, and the predictably of Bay and her quirky habits. I feel the relationship between Bay and Red is unstable, and headed for disaster. I can foresee a break with Red, and a return to her home and a renewing friendship with Julie, her half-sister. As usual, Wall presents a story with a little meat thrown into the mesh.
Not as good as the rest of the series, but Bay is still a great character and you can't beat Ms. Wall's descriptions of the area. Will definatly read more in the series if they come out.