Amanda Doucette finds herself drawn into the world of exploited foreign workers when she rescues a Filipino nanny accused of murdering her wealthy employer.
Georgian Bay: a spectacular terrain of granite shores, deserted islands, and infinite sparkling bays. As part of her cross-Canada charity tour, Amanda has planned a kayaking trip in the area for abused families from a rural Ontario community.
While exploring some remote islands offshore, she and a local tour guide rescue a frightened young woman whose boat has capsized. In an apparent act of kindness, the tour guide takes the woman to shore, leaving Amanda stranded. But when news surfaces that a wealthy doctor has died at his estate and his Filipino nanny has gone missing, Amanda fears far more sinister forces are at work. When the young tour guide is found dead on a nearby island, she and RCMP officer Chris Tymko race to prevent more innocent deaths.
In Fradkin's taut third Amanda Doucette mystery (after 2017's The Trickster's Lullaby), former overseas medical worker Amanda, who's engaged in a cross-Canada charity tour, embarks on a kayaking trip in Ontario's Georgian Bay to benefit a group of abused women and their children. Out on the bay, she and Ronny Gifford, a local guide, rescue a young woman whose boat has capsized and who says her name is Sophia. Ronny takes Sophia to the mainland, leaving Amanda stranded on an island. Amanda is rescued by the grieving Candy, whose father, Toronto neurologist Henry Benson Humphries, died under mysterious circumstances the day before at the estate of his party-loving, foul-mouthed wife, Janine Saint Clair. Amanda learns that Sophia is actually Danielle Torres, Janine's overworked Filipino nanny, and she's the chief suspect in Henry's death. When Amanda later finds Ronny's body in a remote rural area, suspicion again falls on Danielle. RCMP Corporal Chris Tymko, Amanda's love interest, and Matthew Goderich, who runs Amanda's Fun for Families charity, assist Amanda in tracking down the killer. Fradkin combines a white-knuckle mystery with a look at the serious social problem of foreign worker exploitation.