Monday, May 26, 2014

Book Review: MURDER IN NEWPORT (Liz Adams Mysteries) by Marilyn Dalla Valle


Liz and Garret Adams’ vacation to Newport, Rhode Island aboard their sailboat, Sloopy, resulted in a heart wrenching test of their love and marriage when Garret saw the image of his first love, Rebecca, standing on the aft deck of the luxury yacht, Party Girl, at Bannister’s Wharf. Torn by his feelings for his wife and Rebecca, who had disappeared without a trace almost thirty years before, Garret rode an emotional roller coaster into the hands of the police as the primary suspect of a gruesome murder in historical Blood Alley.
Although the evidence pointed to Garret and she was convinced that their marriage was over, Liz refused to give up on the man who had been her husband, her lover, but most of all, her friend. Forgetting her own pain, she pried into Garret’s relationship with Rebecca, only to find herself lost in a maze of deceit and misplaced loyalties. Through her persistence, Liz discovered the truth that shackled the killer and set the innocent free.


The appearance of Garret's old flame disrupts what started out as a pleasant sailing holiday.  Liz has always felt "second" to Rebecca, Garret's first love while Garret still has vivid memories of his time with Rebecca.  And now, Rebecca, her husband and daughter are on the yacht on the other side of the wharf unbeknownst to Garret and Liz.  Garret's work for Rebecca's rich and powerful husband is short lived.  No sooner has Garret had a public argument with the man, and the man is found dead.  As Liz and Garret try to figure out who is trying to set him up, they discover more secrets - more fuel for the emotional rollercoasters they both are experiencing.

A well-written tale, with some historical references woven throughout. This is the second in the Liz Adams Mysteries - MURDER IN MYSTIC being the first. With some Connecticut roots myself, I will be adding that one to my TBR pile for sure.  Of note, both of these are available in kindle, paper, AND audio.

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