| Jericho Cay
St. Martin's Minotaur
April 26, 2011
Sometimes cold cases get too hot to handle. . .
While restoring her Hilton Head home after a brush with a hurricane, P.I. Bay Tanner reluctantly accepts best-selling true crime writer Winston Wolfe as a client. Arrogant and secretive, Wolfe is researching the cold-case disappearance of reclusive millionaire Morgan Tyler Bell from his secluded private island off the South Carolina coast. Adding to the mystery, Bell's personal assistant vanished as well. But what has Bay's investigative antennae quivering is the apparent suicide at the time of Bell's longtime housekeeper. After viewing the scene inside the millionaire's abandoned mansion on Jericho Cay, Bay isn't so sure.
Bay's husband and new employee is hot to pursue the inquiry. A former sheriff's deputy, Red would like nothing better than to solve the one case his old boss has never been able to close. But as Wolfe's behavior becomes more and more bizarre, Bay is torn between her desire to earn her hefty fee and her fear that something much more sinister is going on just below the surface. Is Bell dead or alive? And who is the elusive man in the red baseball cap who just may hold the answers to all her questions?
While dealing with another tragedy that strikes at the heart of her family, Bay Tanner must dig beneath the lies and evasions that threaten all she holds dear -- and her own life as well.
Jericho Cay is filled with southern charm and local color making it a terrific addition to Kathryn R. Wall's sultry Lowcountry series, one of the most absorbing on bookshelves today.