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And Not a Penny More
A Bay Tanner Mystery
by Kathryn R. Wall
Coastal Villages Press, 2002
Trade paper, $14.95 ( 307 pages)
ISBN: 1-882943-12-0

 

 
 

In book two of the Bay Tanner mystery series, rich widows on cruises are being murdered.  Bay is contacted by a former classmate Jordan Herrington when her mother is found dead in a South American hotel room. However, Jordan didn't have a good relationship with her mother, and her brothers Trey and Justin seem to question her concern on what they assume was death by natural causes.

Bay, back in her home after the car bombing incident from In for a Penny destroyed most of her beach house, surfs the web for clues.  She discovers a web site from a North Carolina man seeking information about the murder of his grandmother while on a Caribbean cruise.  Bay e-mails him, but still think it could be a sick cyber joke.  But Erik Whiteside proves to have a real case and is eager to compare notes with Bay.  Her father the Judge gets involved by contacting a friend in Interpol.

Bay with Jordan and Trey Herrington take a cruise on the same ship that the two murdered widows had taken.  Jordan is working the ship crew with perhaps too much interest in First Officer Rolfe Grunewald.  Trey is doing a gigolo performance with a rich duchess.  Bay makes her connection with her father's Interpol contact Alain Darnay, and together they compare notes on what has become a serial killer on the cruise ships.

An Not a Penny More, becomes a thriller with the race from the ship to Beaufort, SC then back to the ship.  The diversion causes Bay to miss the serial killer's next target -- her friend Jordan.  What follows is an intense race in a hurricane through the islands to save Jordan.

Bay Tanner has become more confident in book two and her sexual reawakening is fun as she draws the attention of several men.  There are subplots in South Carolina that add much to the southern character and richness of the novel.

 

Joyce Dixon
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