Monday, May 13, 2013

Dark Tide by Elizabeth Haynes

Genevieve has it made, or at least that's how it appears.  Young and attractive, she has managed to buy a 70-foot barge that she is living on and renovating; taking a year off from working.  Living on a boat has long been a dream of hers and her father, and he taught her carpentry when she was younger so that she can make it a reality.

But how does a young woman manage to raise the kind of money that purchases this dream?  In Genevieve's case, she had a good job selling software.  It paid well, but was very high-stress and she knew she couldn't do it long-term.  Always athletic and having taken dance, she turned a pole dancing class into a moonlighting second job.  She is hired at the Barclay, one of London's exclusive male clubs and is soon a favorite and a top earner there.  The money is great, and she is able to save enough between the two jobs to purchase her dream life.

But is it all she expected?  On the night that she has a boat warming party and invites her old crew of friends to come and see the boat, a body is discovered in the river.  It turns out to be her mentor and friend at the Barclay, Cassy.  Why was she killed, and is it a warning to Genevieve that the life she rejected as being too dangerous is about to catch up with her new life?

Elizabeth Haynes has written an interesting second mystery novel.  Her first, Into The Darkest Corner, was a major hit when it was released.  Haynes is a police intelligence analyst, and her firsthand knowledge about police investigations is evident.  This novel is quite different from her first, and it will be interesting to read her future novels to see how she develops her skills.  This book is recommended for mystery readers.

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