DEAD MAN'S FLOAT
Good food, rich company and a great story on how the other half lives combine for an assignment free-lance journalist Cat Marsala just can't pass up. Except for the fact that all this eating and making merry will take place on a gorgeous sixty-two-foot sloop—and Cat hates boats and water.
But she has a nose for trouble even if she lacks sea legs, and trouble is definitely brewing aboard the Easy Girl. The yacht's passenger list reads like a television drama—complete with characters whose real lives are laced with passion, scandal, vengeance... and murder.
The killer strikes behind a locked door—and there are witnesses to prove no one went in or out of the victim's stateroom. It's a crime that couldn't have happened. Now Cat is hunting a killer in the middle of Lake Michigan—risky business for a woman who can't swim.
Chicago journalist-sleuth Catherine ``Cat'' Marsala , who scored well her first time around (in Hardball ), proves her mettle in her second appearance. On assignment to ``see how the other half lives,'' Cat, who's afraid of water and can't swim, is invited to cruise Lake Michigan on a 62-foot yacht owned and captained by gentlemanly furniture magnate Will Honeywell; others on board are his wife, son and their guests. What starts as smooth sailing, with gourmet food and stimulating companions , turns stormy, as gale winds blow up and two men fight over a society woman who has been toying with both of them. A tranquilizer pacifies one of the combatants, but Mother Nature is not so easily calmed. When morning reveals a murder victim, Cat knows the company must include the killer. Cat needs shrewdness and courage to solve the crime, and she has these in good measure. But her sense of humor and naturalness are what will win readers' hearts.