Jane Bunker returns in Bimini Twist, another thrilling, small-town mystery by Linda Greenlaw set in Down East Maine.
It seems like everyone in Green Haven knows that Jane Bunker has scored an invite to the ultra-exclusive Summer Solstice Soiree—and they all assume she’ll be in attendance, as one of the few eligible single women in town. Of course, that’s the last place Jane would like to be; hobnobbing and making small talk with the upper crust isn’t exactly her idea of a good time. She prefers to put in her hours working as an insurance investigator, and part-time as the deputy sheriff. When she gets to work one morning, the sheriff asks her to take a break on her personal war on drugs—it seems that she’s been so successful catching dealers and interrupting the flow of drugs in the area that she’s called too much attention to just how bad it’s gotten, and the community is worried that all the attention on the drug trade will deter the summer tourists that Green Haven so badly needs to keep the economy going.
Instead, Jane takes on a missing person case—a young woman working at the Bar Harbor Inn has disappeared. The Inn employs foreign exchange students from all over the world during the busy summer season, and the missing Bianca Chiriac is one of them. When it becomes clear that Bianca isn’t just sleeping off a late-night party, Jane is plunged into the underbelly of the resort town, and must find the missing woman before the worst happens.
The disappearance of Bianca Chiriac, a 19-year-old Romanian exchange student working at the Bar Harbor Resort, drives Greenlaw's satisfying fourth outing for part-time Hancock County (Maine) deputy sheriff Jane Bunker (after 2017's Shiver Hitch). Jane's search for Bianca takes her to the waters off Bar Harbor, where she helps rescue Ron, a local fisherman whose boat was deliberately run down by another boat. When Ron later dies, Jane thinks his death should be investigated as a crime. Meanwhile, another student goes missing, and a fisherman's boat is found circling with no one aboard. On hand for much of the action is a mysterious, handsome boat captain named Pete, who piques Jane's interest and becomes her date for the region's annual swanky soir e. But is it a coincidence that Pete keeps turning up at crime scenes? Greenlaw, a bestselling nonfiction author and a fisherwoman, smoothly blends murder, mayhem, nautical lore, and the slimmest sliver of hope that Jane has found true love.