Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Review: Killer Tied by: Lesley A. Diehl

Title: Killer Tied
Author: Lesley A. Diehl
Publisher: Camel Press
Series: Eve Appel Mystery #6
Pages: 264
Source: GEBT


Eve Appel Egret is adjusting to married life with Sammy and their three adopted sons in Sabal Bay, Florida. While still running her consignment stores, she is going pro with her sleuthing by becoming an apprentice to a private detective.

Until her marriage, Eve’s only “family” was her grandmother Grandy, who raised her after her parents died in a boating accident. Now, in addition to her husband and sons, she has a father-in-law who clearly dislikes her. Sammy’s father, a full-blooded Miccosukee Indian long presumed dead, has emerged from the swamps where he’s been living like a hermit, and he isn’t happy about Eve's marriage to his half-Miccosukee, half-white son.

As for Eve’s family, are her parents really dead? A woman named Eleanor claims to be Eve’s half-sister, born after her mother faked a boating accident to escape her abusive husband, Eve’s father. Then Eleanor’s father turns up dead in the swamps, stabbed by a Bowie knife belonging to Sammy’s father, Lionel. Strange as Lionel Egret is, Eve knows he had no motive to kill this stranger. In order to clear him, Eve must investigate Eleanor's claims, and she might not like what digging around in her family’s past uncovers.

Book 6 in the Eve Appel Mystery series.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Eve Appel Egret who meets a man whose looking for his daughter before Eve can help him he's gone and then a woman comes in claiming to be Eve's sister and feeds her this incredible story about what supposedly happened to Eve's mother after she died in a boating accident.  This creates all sorts of conflicts with Grandy and Eve as they both know Eve's parents died in a boating accident when Eve was 8.  When the man Henry winds up dead and Eve's father-in-law is the suspect in the crime it's up to Eve and Nappi to get to the bottom of it.  Will Eve figure out in time or will her snoopy skills get her more than she's bargained for?

This book had so much going on the strained relationship between Eve and her father-in-law Lionel.  Sammy and Eve having a fight and Eve investigating the crime which leads them back and forth between Florida to New York and back to Florida then back to Connecticut and one more jaunt to Florida again.

It also shows alot of history with Eve's family her Grandy's sister Irene and her daughter Brenda and finally Eleanor who seem to have all sorts of hidden secrets whether Eve and Grandy want it that way or not.  Getting to the bottom sure takes a boatload of work but this book definitely couldn't be put down I read it one day.  Eve has a way of dragging you in and not letting go until the perps are arrested and justice has been correctly served!

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