Meg Daniels never had the displeasure of meeting Dallas Spenser, but when the body of the prosperous Brit washes up on Long Beach Island with a bullet in the back, it immediately derails her romantic vacation plans. She and her significant other, P.I. Andy Beck, had hoped to be sailing the Caribbean by now, but Spenser's murder presents some serious obstacles.
For one thing, sultry Page Spenser-wife of the deceased and a prime suspect in his killing-has turned to old flame Andy in her "time of need." Equally vexing for Meg, the homicide detective assigned to the case suspects Andy is in bed with Page-literally and figuratively-and he's made it clear the P.I. should stick around while the investigation proceeds. As Meg sets out to clear Andy (and protect him from the seductive widow) she soon learns that Dallas Spenser had more skeletons than his Loveladies mansion has closets. The ensuing adventure takes more twists and turns than a boardwalk roller coaster, and involves Meg with an unforgettable cast of characters-not least among them a cub reporter with bad eating habits and a mechanic who communicates with the dead. From the beaches of Holgate and Beach Haven at the southern end of "LBI" to the grand homes of Loveladies and the famed Barnegat Lighthouse at the north, author Jane Kelly delivers an irresistible blend of mystery and humor in Wrong Beach Island-her third and most deftly written novel. Meg Daniels, Kelly's reluctant heroine, may be the funniest and most original sleuth ever to kill time at the Jersey shore.
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Meg has become one of my favorite heroines over the course of the three books in this series. She is flawed without being too hapless. She relates the stories in an amusing patter of what she thinks, says and does, and what the would like to say and do.Jane Kelly is skillfully threading a fine line, from my point of view. I generally don't like farce mixed with serious material - I want my farce off the wall or not at all. Kelly, on the other hand, succeeds in portraying that farce of a life with a light hand that that is ruefully reminiscent of follies we all engage in without going overboard into seeming simply stupid.I am glad to see a brief return of Claud and George, owners of the bed and breakfast that were the scene of Meg's last misadventures. I love those two characters, I think they'd make a great spinoff.I'm eagerly looking forward to further adventures.