Chloe Gets Swept into a New Mystery
Last year, we got to meet Chloe Jackson, the second protagonist from Sherry Harris. There was so much to love about the first in the series that I was looking forward to A Time to Swill, Chloe’s second outing. I’m glad to say that it is up to Sherry’s usual high standards.
If you haven’t yet met Chloe, she is a former children’s librarian who has moved from her native Chicago to the panhandle of Florida thanks to a request from her best friend. After Boone is killed in Afghanistan, she goes to help Boone’s grandmother, Vivi, run the Sea Glass Saloon, a beach side bar in Emerald Cove.
As this book opens, Chloe has just returned from packing up her life in Chicago and saying her goodbyes. Her first morning back, she is running on the beach near her new home when she sees a ship that has beached itself. Hearing a cry on board, she climbs on board only to get swept out to sea. Before she is rescued, she’s found a skeleton that reopens a disappearance from twelve years ago. With some of her new friends under investigation, she is determined to find out what happened all those years ago and why it is coming to light now. What will she uncover?
Believe me, this teaser is just the start of another wonderful mystery. There are several other questions that quickly come to light, not to mention a strong sub-plot. Just how into this book did I get? I started it on a Friday, and when my Saturday turned out to be fairly quiet, I kept reading until I finished the book, even making myself a little late to go hang out with some friends. I was rewarded with a climax that left me satisfied.
One reason this plot works is that Chloe is just getting to know these characters. While she considers them friends, she admits she doesn’t know them well, so as questions arise, she can’t help but question if what she thinks about them is true or not. And it means that it is a wonderful way for us to get to know the characters better. I loved the character development we got here.
Not being a drinker, I might not have picked up this series is I weren’t already a fan of Sherry Harris’s Sarah Winston mysteries. If you are like me, don’t let the hook scare you away. Yes, we get some trivia on drinks, which I enjoyed, but the mystery is one that will appeal to mystery readers whether they drink or not.
And the setting is wonderful. Even though it isn’t set during peak tourist season, it is still wonderful to think about spending all day just steps away from the beach. If you love the beach like I do, you’ll definitely love this cozy setting.
A Time to Swill may just be the ultimate beach read whether you are on the beach or not. Grab a cool drink of your choice and be prepared to enjoy a virtual trip to the beach.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.
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