Monday, May 4, 2015

Night Watch by Linda Hall

Title:  Night Watch
Series:  Em Ridge Mystery #1
Author:  Linda Hall
Published:  October 10/14 by Alexandria Publishing Group
Length:  247pgs
Genre:  mystery
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Desolate Maine shores... Murder... And peace slipping away on the outgoing tide...

For yacht delivery captain, Em Ridge, having a billionaire's daughter go overboard on her first captaining job is not a good beginning. The sailboat is new, state of the art, her crew on this trip include two close sailing friends. But an unknown fourth, who can't even tie a bowline, and the unruly owner's daughter turn the idyllic trip into an adventure not wanted.

Two years ago Em buried her husband, her soulmate, her sailing buddy, and with him buried a secret. As hours on the open seas slide by, secrets are resurrected that tie Em's past to a present, awash with murder and deception.

Will Em's career go overboard? Will the investigating detective help her or hurt her? Any why does the best boat delivery captain on the east coast pull at her heart strings?

The oft foggy coast of Maine holds secrets it does not want to give up, and a lot of bodies can be hidden in The Pine Tree State's largest city.

My Review:

Hall develops her setting in a fantastic manner. Everything comes to life before the readers’ eyes. I felt as if I were really out at sea with the characters. Hall crafts a wonderfully intriguing story combining mystery and intrigue throughout.

The cast of characters in this novel were diverse and intriguing. I found the main character to be a bit naive in some ways, but still quite likeable. Those surrounding her rounded out the cast nicely, filling out the story.

Alright, I know, up until now, I haven’t really said anything against the novel, yet rated it at only 3 stars. Although I found the plot and story to be intriguing, I found the author’s writing difficult to fully immerse myself in. This disconnect made it very difficult to really get into the tale. There were also a couple of plot hiccups that made me take a step back. That said, overall, this was definitely an enjoyable read.

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