New York Times–bestselling author Eileen Goudge blends mystery and romance in a captivating new novel featuring intrepid property manager Tish Ballard, whose client’s beachfront home becomes a headline-making homicide scene
With a Hollywood movie about to start filming in the California seaside town of Cypress Bay, Tish Ballard, owner of Rest Easy Property Management, welcomes her first celebrity tenant. Delilah Ward isn’t your typical beautiful, spoiled actress; she’s America’s sweetheart. Even Tish is charmed by the young star, which makes her gruesome discovery of Delilah’s bloodied corpse all the more gut-wrenching.
When someone near and dear to Tish is named a person of interest, the fearless property manager defies the wishes of her former heartthrob, homicide detective Spence Breedlove, and launches her own investigation—with help from her best friend, Ivy, and her erstwhile sidekick, McGee. But no sooner than she starts rubbing elbows with the movie cast and crew—including Delilah’s eerily efficient personal assistant, the starlet’s sexy costar, and the film’s predatory director—is her own life threatened. With so much at stake, Tish has no choice but to do whatever it takes to lure a crafty killer out of hiding.
Swimsuit Body is the 2nd novel in the Cypress Bay Mysteries, which began with Bones and Roses, but the books can be read and enjoyed in any order.
In bestseller Goudge's suspenseful sequel to 2014's Bones and Roses, movie megastar Delilah Ward rents a beachfront villa in an exclusive gated community in the Northern California town of Cypress Bay. Tish Ballard, the property manager, thinks that the actress is a spoiled brat when Delilah shows up a day early, unannounced, and trashes the place. Tish views the celebrity more favorably after she unleashes a charm offensive. On a later visit to the villa, Tish discovers Delilah lying on a poolside chaise with a bullet in the back of her head. The grim find is especially traumatic for Tish, who the previous summer stumbled on her own mother's decomposing body in a storage facility. When Tish's brother becomes a person of interest in the police investigation, due in part to his history of mental illness, she has added incentive to find Delilah's killer. Goudge tosses in some romance for her amateur sleuth. This mystery is sure to make fans of darker cozies feel right at home.
Original and suspenseful. Well-drawn characters.
Title and cover art are confusing, because the victim was not in a pool. The fact that she was in a swimsuit had nothing to do with her death.
This book is well edited, which was a pleasure.
First let met just say this book is labeled a mystery novel and this is not something I normally read. I read primarily romance novels. I actually got this ARC by accident, but what a great accident it turned out to be. I have to say, I really liked this book. I loved the characters, storyline, the style of writing and it had a touch of romance! I was completely entertained through the whole book and read it in one sitting! I highly recommend this book and I will definately be checking out more of this author's work.
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I read cozy mysteries because they normally do not have the f-bomb. Call me a prude but you have over 600,000 words in the English language. So, this was a book that was boring to begin and the language said to me, just quit, never purchase another of her books and find an author who doesn't have to prove anything. And now I will.
Save your money.