Wednesday, June 3, 2015
A Watery Death - Blog Tour Review + Giveaway
A Watery Death (Missing Pieces #7) by Joyce and Jim Lavene
Rating: 3 Stars
Source: Blog Tour
Description: It's the 4th of July weekend in Duck, North Carolina and thousands are visiting the beach town to take part in the festivities. Mayor Dae O'Donnell has enough going on between running her store, the holiday crowds, and her usual Mayor stuff so stumbling over a dead body is the last thing she needs. Especially when the body is that of the dramatic Captain Lucky, captain of the gambling ship modeled after a Spanish Treasure ship that is said to haunt the small town of Duck. Rumors of mermaid sightings start floating around town as the murder investigation begins. Could the killer have come from the sea? And if not who among the Duck residents and visitors could be responsible for Captain Lucky's murder?
Why I Picked This Book: I have enjoyed previous books by Joyce and Jim Lavene as well as enjoying previous books in this series.
My Impression: It was great to be back in Duck with Dae, Kevin and all the rest of the supporting characters. While I have read the first two books in this series I have gotten seriously behind so this was a bit of a jump for me. Luckily, I had no problem getting immediately involved in the story. While I wouldn't say this is completely a stand alone I think as long as you've read the first book which gives the background on Dae's family and powers you'll have no problem with this one. As I have come to expect from the Joyce and Jim Lavene, A Watery Death was incredibly readable. The pace was good without being rushed and I could've easily read this book in one sitting if I had a little more time.
While I enjoy learning more about Dae's family the subplot involving her grandmother wasn't a favorite. I found Dae's refusal to believe that anything could be negative about bringing Eleanore back even though the woman had been gone for 40 years to be a bit unrealistic and immature. I also didn't care for how Dae and Kevin communicated. They really didn't listen to each other or respect each other's opinion and there were several incidents where I felt like they were acting like children.
However, while I had issues with some of the personalities and a subplot the mystery itself was well done, perfectly paced and engaging.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: While this book didn't quite work for me I'm still looking forward to catching up on the series and Joyce and Jim Lavene always provide a good read!
Would I Recommend this Book?: I would recommend Joyce and Jim Lavene's books in general but not this one specifically - especially if you haven't read any of the other books in this series.
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