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“You guys are blaming yourselves for not paying more attention to her. Rhonda was a grown woman, not a child. Her decisions were her own,” Teddy. –Blue Water Hues
Blue Water Hues
Ashley Grant Mystery #2
by Vicki Delany
Good for Reluctant Readers
Paramedic Ashley Grant moved to a Caribbean island hoping for a laid-back life. When Ashley responds to a fire at a beach resort, she recognizes the victim. The victim’s cousin, Darlene, pleads for help. But there are people who don’t want the two women asking questions. As Ashley learns more about the murder, she becomes a target herself. Will Ashley be able to learn the truth or will she be silenced forever?
Blue Water Hues is a solid mystery that takes the reader into the heart of Ashley’s investigation. Darleen takes Ashley around the small Caribbean island where Ashley finds plenty of people to question. The fast-paced story keeps the reader guessing until the very end. Many of the characters are fearful, and they do not want Ashley digging into the murder. This fear adds suspense and leaves the reader guessing until the very end.
Blue Water Hues is part of Orca Publishers Rapid Reads collection. Readers who do not have a lot of time will find the story’s straightforward plot, easy vocabulary, and interesting characters the perfect fit. Since the story is only 160 pages, the characters are not well developed. However, the mystery drives the story and will keep the reader entertained.
- A customer was angry that it rained during his vacation but still had to pay the hotel bill. He posted a “review that said the maids were servicing customers in guests’ beds.”
- A woman is murdered, but her death is not described.
- A man is shot in the chest and his chest, “was drenched in blood.”
Drugs and Alcohol
- Ashley goes to a house where, “men stood on the porch, drinking from cans of beer.”
- Ashley goes to a restaurant where “four men . . . had a pile of beer bottles collecting in front of them.”
- Ashley goes out to dinner and has a glass of wine. A man at a table next to Ashley complains about the wine.
- A group of people goes out to dinner and a man orders a beer.
- Heck is used twice.
- Someone says a man is, “a mean son of a bitch.”
- Someone asks, “What the hell is going on with her, man?”
- The town only has one ambulance, and the drivers, “pray it doesn’t break down.”
- An ambulance worker is going to be late for a date. He tells his partner, “My date doesn’t mind waiting. She knows I’m doing the Lord’s work.”