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Publication Date: January 20, 2023
Publisher: Atmosphere Press
List Price: $17.99 Trade Paperback
Page Count: 288
With unanticipated twists that keep readers guessing till the end, Gilbert’s latest novel makes for a thoroughly engrossing and entertaining mystery. Amanda Pennyworth, the American consul to the resort city of Puerto Vallarta, finds herself entangled in a murder investigation after a fellow American tourist, Danielle Maglin, is found bludgeoned to death while on a trip to Amapas Beach. The stakes rise after Danielle’s close friend Terrence Blanchard is also found dead from an apparent suicide. With the forensic investigation leading nowhere, the suspects are allowed to leave the country. Now, it’s up to Amanda to find the killer. With all the tourists, locals, and assorted shady guys thrown into the mix, the storyline becomes extremely knotty. Surprises are in plenty, and although the reader may sense where the intricate plot is headed, the multiple suspects’ misleading statements keep the pages turning. The sleuthing is believable, offering up surprising revelations and the setting wholesome. The central mystery is thoroughly satisfying, while adding breadth and depth to our complex heroine’s personal story whose internal struggles with her doubts enhance the storyline further. This entertaining crime yarn filled with unexpected plot twists and fascinating local descriptions makes for a definite page-turner.
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