Author: Janet Dawson

Category: Mystery

Regular price: $4.99

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Deal starts: September 18, 2023

Deal ends: September 18, 2023


"Dawson's suspenseful story builds momentum like an ocean wave. Readers are advised to dive right in."

-- Publishers Weekly


A dead body on the beach, most likely.

In this riveting fourth mystery in the Jeri Howard Private Investigator Series, Janet Dawson takes readers on a road trip down the California coast to Monterey,

where Jeri is looking to catch a respite from the PI life to relax and visit family. Easier said than done. From the first moment of her arrival in the quiet seaside town, nothing is as it seems.

First, some maniac is mutilating brown pelicans on Monterey Bay.

Jeri's cousin, Donna, who works for the Department of Fish and Game, wants Jeri all over the case. And another one too--something even more sinister that went down only miles from Monterey. And

Jeri's other cousin, Bobby, is the prime suspect.

A local fisherman and erratic alcoholic, Bobby is getting into deep water. His girlfriend went missing after the couple had an altercation at a bar up the coast.

When a woman's body washes ashore, it seems to the local cops that Bobby’s involved in both cases.

Suddenly Monterey Bay's picturesque waters have become a dark and overpowering force for the vacationing detective and her family.

The whole town’s awash in secrets,

but answers are in as short supply as healthy pelicans. The only thing Jeri knows for sure? Don't ever turn your back on the ocean.“Mother/daughter feuds, family solidarity, an ecological mystery: Dawson blends these familiar ingredients with a chef’s élan.”

--Kirkus Reviews

Fans of hard-boiled women sleuths like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone, Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite, and T.R. Ragan’s Jessie Cole will fall in love with the Jeri Howard series.