Review: Cold Coast by Jenifer LeClair

Cold CoastCold Coast

Jenifer LeClair

Conquill Press, 2013, 330 Pages

ISBN 978-0-9800017-6-1

Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid

Brie Beaumont is a homicide detective on leave from the Minneapolis Police Department and decided to take a cruise aboard The Maine Wind, an old-fashioned sailing ship.  The ship is owned by Captain John deLuc. When an incident left Captain deLuc’s crew short one person he asked Brie to be second mate and she accepted.  Brie and John have become close during their time together on the ship and it is now nearing the time for Brie to decide if she is going to return to Minneapolis and her duties as a detective.

The Maine Wind docks at Tucker Harbor, Maine after a storm.   Tucker Harbor is a small lobster fishing village.  Brie and another crew member decided to take the longboat ashore and several passengers expressed interest in going ashore and hiking along a trail that led to the village.   The group set out on the trail but suddenly Brie heard a terrified cry from Hurley, one of the ship’s passengers, that was followed by one from another passenger.  The group had come across a body on the trail.   It turned out that the body was that of Jake Maloney, one of the residents of Tucker Harbor.  The police were summoned and Dent Fenton of the Maine State Police started the investigation. When he realized Brie was an experienced detective he asked that she assist him in the investigation.  Brie agreed to help and soon found that another murder had occurred earlier in the village.

This is the third Windjammer book with Brie Beaumont.  It seems wherever The Maine Wind takes her Brie winds up in the midst of a mystery.  Previous books are Danger Sector and Rigged for Murder. It is not necessary to read the books in order but they are all full of wonderful descriptions of life on a sailing vessel and the mysteries are tense and keep the reader guessing until the final outcome.

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