Mystery Review: ‘Riptide’ by Dawn Lee McKenna

July 31, 2015 Review 0

McKenna’s literary love story, ‘See You’, is one of the finest books I’ve read in recent years, so I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to enjoy her inimitable writing style applied to a series of cop thrillers set in the Florida panhandle. The first of the series, ‘Low Tide’, was a good starter, tidying up the immediate problems, while opening up enough intriguing backstory to fill the rest of the series.

Maggie Redmond is a cop getting by as a single parent after divorcing her childhood sweetheart, David, when he got involved in drugs. Now she’s tiptoeing around a new relationship with fellow cop, Wyatt, while also finding herself inexplicably drawn into the orbit of the town’s resident bad guy, Bennett Boudreaux. And all the while, she’s trying to forget traumatic events in her past. But when a severed leg turns up in a shrimp net, Maggie has to try to work out what happened. And then things get really bad. The past, it seems, just won’t stay buried.

This seems like a light, quick read, but be warned: the author doesn’t shy away from heart-wrenching moments, so have a hanky to hand if you’re prone to tears. In between times, enjoy the sweat-drenched atmosphere of the panhandle, and McKenna’s glorious way with understated, humorous dialogue. The relationship between Maggie and Wyatt, in particular, is brilliantly drawn. I highly recommend the whole series. Start with ‘Low Tide’ for maximum enjoyment. A very good four stars.

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