Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Ice on the Bay by Dale E. Lehman





Ice on the Bay
by Dale E. Lehman



GENRE: Mystery


BLURB:

The forecast: Record cold. The crimes: Colder still.

A saintly young veterinary technician disappears on Christmas Eve, leaving behind only a broken window and smears of blood on his clinic's back steps. Two years later, his disappearance remains a mystery. A home in an exclusive area burns to the ground, mirroring fires ignited the previous year by an arsonist who now sits in prison. Is the new fire a copycat, or has the wrong man been convicted? A criminal with a long list of enemies is shot dead, and not even his friends are sorry. While temperatures plummet, cold cases collide with new crimes, and somewhere a killer with blood as icy as the waters of the Chesapeake Bay watches and waits.

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EXCERPT


"Ma'am?" Dumas asked quietly.

"Denise," she said in a whiskey voice, not looking up. She took a long drag on her cancer stick. "Denise Newville. I suppose you already met Michio Tamai." She waved toward the living room. "Some people called him Mike."

"Your husband?" Dumas pulled out a chair and sat opposite her.  She appeared to be in her mid-thirties, with a tangle of sandy brown hair and eyes that had seen too much.

"Nah."

"You lived together, though."

"If you can call it living. He gave me food and a roof over my head. One guess what I gave him." She paused to take another even longer drag on her cigarette and slowly blow out the smoke. Dumas turned his head slightly and held his breath until the cloud passed. "This complicates things," Newville added, "but I'm not sad about it. Sleazeball deserved it."

Dumas gave her an inquiring look.

With a nod she stood up, put her bare left foot on her chair, and pulled back her robe to expose most of her thigh. A livid purple bruise spread from her knee up her leg until it vanished beneath the fabric.  "I could show you more, but you'd arrest me for flashing a cop." She covered up and sat.

Dumas wondered how she could be so flippant about it. "When did he do that?"

"Last night. He'd been out drinking, somehow managed to find his way home, and wanted me to fix him a big meal. At one in the morning." She dragged a hand through her hair and gave Dumas a crooked smile. "I wasn't inclined. So, you know."


REVIEW

5 STARS I LOVED this book!  The writing is top-notch, and the story is very atmospheric, flowing and easy to read.  The characters seemed to live in my imagination as their thoughts and escapades unfolded.  It was easy to relate to the protagonists as they fought against the unusually cold weather while trying to solve a string of murders that seem unrelated.  The antagonists, on the other hand, were delightfully twisted, scary, and devious.  There were plenty of nail-biting moments to ratchet up the suspense.

I was fully engaged throughout the book and felt a wonderful sense of completion and satisfaction with the resolution and ending of the book.  This is the third book in the Howard County Mystery series but it read just fine as a stand-alone novel.  I enjoyed the writing so much though that I definitely would like to read the previous two books, as well. Reviewed by Laurie-J




AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Dale E. Lehman is a veteran software developer, amateur astronomer, and bonsai artist in training. He is the author of the Howard County Mysteries series (The Fibonacci Murders, True Death, and Ice on the Bay ). His writing has also appeared in Sky & Telescope and a couple of software development journals. With his wife Kathleen he owns and operates One Voice Press and Serpent Cliff. They have five children, five grandchildren, and two feisty cats.

Author Links:
Author website and blog: https://www.DaleELehman.com

Book Links:
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