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Book Review: Murder Hooks a Mermaid by Christy Fifield

Updated on December 29, 2014

I'm surprised I did it!

I actually made a recipe from the back of this installment and well, since I'm not a "cook" I think I did okay with it. Maybe the next time I'll do it the right way (but the glazed carrots where really good).

In the second installment of the Haunted Souvenir Shop Mysteries, Glory Martine takes a trip back to the past when she re-visits local eatery Mermaid's Grotto. She hasn't been there in years and brings along neighbor/bookstore owner Jake Robinson following the murder of a diver.

Glory's not looking to get involved with another murder investigation, but this time her best friend's ex-brother-in-law is the primary suspect. Karen's ex-husband, Riley Freed, owns a boat and his brother Bobby looks to make a few extra bucks renting it to some divers.

With cryptic clues coming from Bluebeard, Glory's foul mouthed parrot, Glory senses that Bobby's not the guilty one and there may be a killer loose in Keyhole Bay. This takes her and Jake to the Mermaid's Grotto where in the past, patron's were entertained by the live mermaid shows. She drifts back in time remembering how she wanted to be a mermaid.

In a way, Glory does live in the past since her great-uncle Louis sends her clues through the avian and on occasion blurts out things only a few people would know. She doesn't remember her uncle and when old timer Sylvester comes into the shop, Bluebeard greets him as Louis.

Glory also learns a little more about her uncle and has to contend with her cousin Peter (who was left 45 percent of the shop) and has to remain alive when the killer's identity is revealed.

So far the action has been fast in the series and Fifield has thrown me off track when it comes to the killer's identity. She has loaded up the story with a few good suspects and I did discover the main clue is in the title.

As I said above, I tried the glazed carrot recipe so I may be a little more confident when I look over these recipes in the future. I'll let you know if I attempt any more culinary experiments!

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