An edge-of-your seat murder mystery set in a forgotten, ocean-facing town on Vancouver Island!

A body washes up on the shores of Lake Templeton, a small town on the coast of Vancouver Island. Sharon Reese, the victim, was a dedicated government employee. Everyone liked her, but no one knew much about her. Was she hiding something? Maybe a questionable past riddled with scandal. And did it lead to her plunge to death, in a drunken stupor, off the dock outside her secluded lakefront lodge?

Was it an accident? A suicide? Or cold-blooded murder? Private Investigator, Fati Rizvi, is determined to find out. 

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Fati arrives in Lake Templeton to find secrets that run as deep as the City’s sewers.

Everyone is hiding something and nothing is as it seems. A cult escapee. A corrupt politician. A struggling airline. A multi-million dollar public-private project to revitalize the Lake Templeton waterfront. How are they all connected? 

As Fati valiantly unravels the knots, another body is found on the shore. Is it the same killer? ​ And can Fati stop them before they strike again?

My Review

Another book I couldn’t put down. Fast-paced, action-packed, full of excitement including murder, corruption, embezzlement, drug dealing and fraud, I gave up trying to work out who dunnit and just concentrated on keeping up with the story. No mean feat I hasten to add.

Private Investigator Fati Rizvi tears around Vancouver and Lake Templeton like a headless chicken on steroids, often with the help of her chemically-fuelled, tattooed, and multiple-earinged, sidekick Zed. But don’t be fooled. Fati has her own methods of investigation – that’s why she left the police force – and often uses somewhat shady methods of gaining information, plus enlisting the help of her ‘contacts’.

Everyone in this story seems to be shady or hiding secrets – some more than others. But are they capable of killing someone in cold blood? Someone obviously is, because the body that turns up on the shore looks like it could be the victim of a murder. The police aren’t convinced – yet – but Fati has a nose for these things and the death of Sharon Reese smells suspicious.

This was seriously exciting stuff. When the evidence appears to point to one possible killer, it appears they may not be guilty of murder, but they are sure as hell guilty of something.

This is definitely one of my favourite books of the year so far. I really hope there’s a sequel, because I need to know more.

Many thanks to @zooloo2008 for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

About the Author

HS Burney writes fast-moving, action-packed mysteries set against the backdrop of majestic mountains and crystalline ocean in West Coast Canada. She loves creating characters that keep you on your toes. A corporate executive by day and a novelist by night, HS Burney received her Bachelors’ in Creative Writing from Lafayette College. A proud Canadian immigrant, she takes her readers into worlds populated by diverse characters with unique cultural backgrounds. When not writing, she is out hiking, waiting for the next story idea to strike, and pull her into a new world. 

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