Killer Tied (Eve Appel Mystery)
by Lesley A. Diehl
About the Book
Killer Tied (Eve Appel Mystery)
6th in Series
Camel Press (March 15, 2018)
Paperback: 264 pages
Digital ASIN: B0789824WQ
Eve Appel Egret is adjusting to married life with Sammy and their three adopted sons in Sabal Bay, Florida. While still running her consignment stores, she is going pro with her sleuthing by becoming an apprentice to a private detective.
Until her marriage, Eve’s only “family” was her grandmother Grandy, who raised her after her parents died in a boating accident. Now, in addition to her husband and sons, she has a father-in-law who clearly dislikes her. Sammy’s father, a full-blooded Miccosukee Indian long presumed dead, has emerged from the swamps where he’s been living like a hermit, and he isn’t happy about Eve’s marriage to his half-Miccosukee, half-white son.
As for Eve’s family, are her parents really dead? A woman named Eleanor claims to be Eve’s half-sister, born after her mother faked a boating accident to escape her abusive husband, Eve’s father. Then Eleanor’s father turns up dead in the swamps, stabbed by a Bowie knife belonging to Sammy’s father, Lionel. Strange as Lionel Egret is, Eve knows he had no motive to kill this stranger. In order to clear him, Eve must investigate Eleanor’s claims, and she might not like what digging around in her family’s past uncovers.
I must say the mystery thickens for Eve in more ways than one in book six! From only having one family member growing up, she now is smack dab in the middle of Sammy’s family to include the adoption of three boys who had also lost their parents like Eve, or did she?! Lo and behold, a woman who claims to be Eve’s younger half-sister, Eleanor, shows up! The twists and turns continue when Sammy’s father is a suspect to killing a complete stranger, Eleanor’s father!
Keep your dancing shoes on, because this will have you doing the twist along with the turns! Not only does the story-line jump from character to character, it also jumps locations from Florida, New York, and Connecticut.
As Eve has to delve further into not only a murder mystery, but her own family history. I like how family is really brought to the forefront in this to include many familiar faces like Grandy (a favorite of mine personally).
I am a fan of cozy mysteries and I feel this took them a step further due to the huge impact this had in Eve’s life which I have been following along in the series already, so was thrilled to have received the sixth in the series for this book tour!
About the Author
Lesley is a country gal through and through, from her childhood on a dairy farm in Illinois to college in a cornfield in Iowa, Lesley creates sassy, snoopy protagonists who embrace chasing killers in country settings. Lesley writes several series: the Big Lake Murder mysteries and the Eve Appel mysteries both set in rural Florida; the Laura Murphy mysteries located on a lake in upstate New York; and short stories, some featuring a few of Lesley’s unique relatives from back on the farm (Aunt Nozzie and the Grandmothers). She is inspired by an odd set of literary muses: a ghost named Fred and a coyote as yet unnamed. Killer Tied is the sixth mystery in the Eve Appel Mysteries. To read more about Lesley’s unusual and humorous cozy mysteries, go to www.lesleyadiehl.com.
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