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The Tempest, by James Lilliefors ($2.99 Kindle/$11.99 Paperback)
Summary of The Tempest
James Lilliefors’s unlikely detective duo, Pastor Luke Bowers and homicide investigator Amy Hunter, return in a new murder mystery set in Maryland’s picturesque Tidewater County
Tourists like Susan Champlain pass through the Chesapeake Bay region every year. But when Susan pays Pastor Luke Bowers a visit, he’s disturbed by what she shares with him. Her husband has a short temper, she says, and recently threatened to make her “disappear” because of a photo Susan took on her phone.
Luke is concerned enough to tip off Tidewater County’s chief homicide investigator, Amy Hunter. That night, Susan’s body is found at the foot of the Widow’s Point bluff. Hunter soon discovers Susan left behind clues that may connect her fate to a series of killings in the Northeast, a powerful criminal enterprise, and to a missing Rembrandt masterpiece, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee.
Whoever is behind the killings has created a storm of deception and betrayal, a deliberate “tempest” designed to obscure the truth. Now Hunter and Bowers must join forces to trace the dangerous secret glimpsed in Susan’s photo. But will they be the next targets on a killer’s deadly agenda . . . ?
My review of The Tempest
This book was fantastic. Interesting story, twists and turns — as you’d expect (and want), great characters, and a great backdrop, if I do say so myself. This story is set on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay, with a tie-in to Philadelphia. So, I was totally in my element with The Tempest.
While this book is part of a series (the Bowers and Hunter Mystery series), it stands on its own. However, once you read it, you’re going to want to read the other novel in the series (not to mention those to come) because the writing is that compelling. So, you might want to do yourself a favor and read The Psalmist first — although, as I said, you don’t have to.
I am a big fan of the series concept when it comes to mystery/suspense/thriller novels and this series will be a welcome addition to my bookshelf. Lilliefors’ writing just flows — seemingly effortlessly, making The Tempest a fun, breezy read. I read this book in a few sittings and was anxious to reach the conclusion but didn’t want the book to end. All good things must, however…but at least I have another Lilliefors novel to read and, hopefully, plenty more on the way!
About the author of The Tempest
James Lilliefors is the author of the geopolitical thriller novels The Leviathan Effect and Viral. A journalist and novelist who grew up near Washington, D.C., Lilliefors is also the author of three nonfiction books. The Psalmist and The Tempest are the first two books in the Luke Bowers and Amy Hunter series.
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