Monday, June 25, 2018

Ripples Below the Placid Surface of a Maine Summer

Jane Bunker # 4
Linda Greenlaw
St. Martin's Minotaur
June 26, 2018

Jane Bunker has been a massive success since moving to Green Haven, Maine at what she loves to do. Namely, catch drug dealers and disrupt the drug pipeline that has hurt so many Mainers. However, the town fathers think she has been a bit too successful and want her to scale back her efforts. They are afraid the summer people won't want to come if there is so much publicity about drug busts. Deputy  Bunker has been relegated to other incidents. Her first is the disappearance of a foreign worker at a local spa. The girl's roommate is distraught, but Jane thinks she is just shacked up with a boyfriend. After all, missing teenagers usually turn up in her experience. Jane's investigation leads her to a cruise ship anchored off Bar Harbor. The ship's personnel are less than co-operative, and since it is chartered in Bimini, she has no jurisdiction without a warrant. Complicating matters are the ongoing feuds over territory and gear among the local lobstermen which have escalated dramatically. Bimini Twist is twisty indeed, with another disappearance, several murders, and an attack on Jane herself. There is a lot more going on here than one missing girl.

I enjoy the Jane Bunker mysteries for the Maine setting and characters. Jane's landlords, the Vickersons, treat her and her Downs Syndrome brother, Wally, like family and she has made other friends as well. Without them, Jane would be entirely consumed by her work. She has almost no personal life, but that may be changing with the introduction of a new character and the possibility of romance. Thanks to Minotaur and NetGalley for an advance digital copy. The opinions are my own.

RATING-3 Stars

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