Tori Cannon's life is in chaos. She's lost her job, her grandmother recently died, and about to lose her home. Her only hope is to live with her grandfather on Lotus Bay near Lake Ontario and revive his failing bait and tackle business. Convincing him not to sell it is one of her problems. Topping that her troubles increase when she finds a dead body on the property—a man with spikes filling his mouth. The victim's enemies are a rich woman who wants to level his eyesore of a home and his daughter who is resentful that her father never had time for her.
With no faith from her grandfather that Tori can save the failing business and discover a murderer, all her eggs are in one basket as both her life and her future hinge on her sorting through petty jealousies and deadly consequences to find the truth. Can Tori save her family bait shop—after such a deadly catch?
Great First Book in Series
Tori Canon has returned to Lotus Bay to attend her grandmother’s funeral. Having recently lost her job as a teacher due to cutbacks Tori convinces her grandfather, Herb, to let her stay and help him clean and fix up around the Canon Compound. Since her grandmother has been ill for a while the house, bait shop, and motel has fallen into disarray. Tori and Herb are walking around taking in what needs to be done and finds a dead body inside one of the rooms of the motel. Tori’s best friend Kathy comes to help Tori not only with the cleaning but with emotional support. After arriving Kathy falls in love with a house that most would say needs to be torn down but she is determined to buy it and turn it into a B&B. The body Tori finds just happened to be the father of one of her childhood friends Anissa Jackson. Anissa what to know who killed her father so Tori and Kathy agree to help. Can the three women find the killer? Will Kathy get her house? Will Tori have to find another job or can she convince her grandfather to let her stay on and run the businesses?
This is the first book in the series but my 2nd, I really enjoyed seeing how Tori, Kathy, and Anissa friendship began. I love the relationship between these three women, how they support one another through loss and their dreams even when those dreams seem to be a lost cause to others. I love how Herb is kind of grouchy and doesn’t what to give in to Tori’s wanting to take over the rundown businesses. This shows that he really does care for his granddaughter even though it seems like she hasn’t had that from a lot of people in her family. Mrs. Bartlett is wonderful with the imagery. I can really see how run down the buildings are and how much stuff the grandmother has accumulated over the years. The mystery was kept me guessing who was behind the murder and why since it seems that no one really had a reason to kill Mr. Jackson.
I recommend this book to mystery fans. I was given this book in hopes I would give a review. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own and in no way been influenced.
This is a really good read. Fast paced and an unsuspected ending