A Dangerous Harbor
By R.P. Dahlke
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Bleary-eyed and sleep deprived after a long overnighter into Mexico, solo sailor and SFPD police detective, Katrina Hunter, thinks the mermaid twenty yards behind her thirty-two foot Westsail is nothing more than a sailor’s hallucination But everything she knows about floaters convinces her to turn her boat around for another look.
Now, alone and isolated in the Mexican port’s police station for six hours she’s convinced that reporting the body of a floater to authorities was a mistake. Even the arrival of a handsome, if somewhat dour, Mexican/Italian investigator does nothing to dispel her growing anxiety that she’s about to be charged with the murder.
Chief Inspector, Raul Vignaroli, is as surprised by the attractive solo-sailor as he is to find that she’s a respected member of the San Francisco police force, and after some well-placed phone calls he’s sure that he’s found the perfect partner to help him solve a murder, if not the cure for his broken heart.
Released, she’s free to go. But leaving the police station hits a snag when two policemen march in, dragging a listless prisoner between them. But before Katy can dodge them for the exit, the prisoner raises his head and a startling pair of aquamarine eyes meet hers.
He straightens his back, wincing at the angle of his cuffed wrists. “What the… Whisper?”
Suddenly, the sound of the ceiling fan is terribly loud. Blood pounds in her ears, her mouth goes dry, her palms are damp and her feet are nailed to the floor. In a knee jerk reaction, she hisses, “Don’t call me that!”
Well, all I can say from the start is that their is a lot of stuff going on in this story! If you like lots of characters, multiple plot twists that go in every direction at once, and a whole bevy of dangerous agencies and villains, this book has them all.
I felt as though the story sacrificed it's characters for it's fast-paced plotting, though. Katrina and Raul, while interesting, never seemed to develop any real depth, which disappointed me a little. There were many other quirky characters that stepped through the pages that added some fun and adventure. The mystery, while not deeply hidden, still led me on a merry chase. The conclusion fit the story and satisfied most of my concerns.
If you're up for a sail through coastal Mexican waters, solving some serious crimes along the way, and meeting a charming man to boot, then this is your book. I'm giving the Kindle version Three Stars!
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