I love nothing better than a rainstorm when I’m inside with a cup of hot tea and a new book by a new, to me, author. Today I got to discover A Killing Tide by PJ Alderman.
The great state of Oregon and the city of Astoria are as much characters in the story as are Kaz Jorgensen captains her family's fishing trawler, her best friend Lucy McGuire Astoria police detective, Michael Chapman the new fire chief/arson investigator, and the all important Zeke, German Shepherd and canine companion.
The descriptions of rain and the kinds of rain that fall in Oregon and along the coast made me want to make sure I had an umbrella handy; the rain falls and just keeps coming.
A Killing Tide raised several questions: Small towns are supposed to be safe places where people look out for each other, but do they really? Who will fall prey to corruption and why? Can people remain unbiased in the face of the facts that don’t quite add up and local prejudices? Will a family business survive despite the odds?
The women hold the whole piece together. The fact Kaz and Lucy are strong, have ‘non-traditional’ careers and do them well, and are loyal. These women play with the big boys and hold their own in very credible ways.
The story starts with a strong premise and just keeps building. If it were a piece of music, you could hear the tympani projecting a strong beat in the background in the beginning. By the time you get to the crescendo, the beat has turned into a long roll across three kettle drums. The further I read, the more powerful the story, characters, and interactions became. By the time I got to the climax, I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to know all of the details: Who was involved and for how long? Who would be scarred from the experience? Who would heal and how long it would take?
Rumor has it that this is the beginning of a series. I can’t wait to find out: Does the coffee get any better? Will Lucy wind up with Gary? Will Zeke be part of future investigations?
I, for one, am looking forward to more from this author.
I have been one of 'those' readers - you know the ones. Stuck on heroes from that 'other' country. Now I know better. Now I know that Norway is where the REAL men are from.
Who says I'm not too old to be schooled?
Loved the book - great character development - good story flow - details that don't overwhelm.
I'd say the only drawback is that it is too short, but that's not true either. Seems that Ms. Tualla has got two more of these lovely items up her sleeve.