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Storm of Secrets: A Haunted Bluffs Mystery
by Loretta Marion
About Storm of Secrets
Storm of Secrets: A Haunted Bluffs Mystery
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (November 12, 2019)
Hardcover – 327 Pages
Digital ASIN: B07NTY8L1N
A deadly storm, a missing three-year-old child, a suspicious death, and the eerie presence of the spirits of the dead set the stage for the second mesmerizing installment of Loretta Marion’s paranormal suspense series.
A powerful storm descends upon Cape Cod’s Whale Rock at the peak of tourist season–and the weekend Cassandra Mitchell’s and Daniel Benjamin’s wedding is set to take place at The Bluffs, the magnificent Victorian mansion Cassie inherited from her family. In the wake of the storm’s destruction, three-year-old Lucas Kleister goes missing–and the body of small-time drug dealer Lee Chambers is found in a restaurant dumpster. Now, the WRPD are faced with a murder to solve, a missing child to find, and the aftermath of one of the worst storms in recent memory.
While aiding with the clean-up and helping the displaced, Cassie has been receiving cryptic messages from the spirits of her great-grandparents, Percy and Celeste Mitchell, the original residents of The Bluffs. At first, the messages are benign, but soon, they begin to point to something more sinister. As Cassie works to decipher their meaning, the specter of a mysterious local legend surfaces. The tale of Barnacle Boy–and what happened to him during another destructive storm decades earlier–will weave through the desperate search to find Lucas and the identity of a killer.
“Modern and historic mysteries collide in Marion’s bittersweet storytelling.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[A] gripping sequel…Marion seamlessly weaves the multiple story threads together. Fans of tales of regional intrigue will be satisfied.” —Publishers Weekly
I have read many romance books featuring Cape Cod, so it was like visiting an old friend reading this book. I haven’t read the first book but I instantly felt connected to the many characters and this is easily read as stand alone. There are some back story between Cass and her sister Zoe and also the history of the house that may have been touched more on in book one but it did not hinder the reading of this book. A huge storm has his the residents of Whale Rock and after it passes and the damaged is ascertained it becomes known that a child has gone missing, not only that, but Cass discovers a body in a dumpster.
Murder and a missing child are the central story lines in this book as well as the mystery of Barnacal Boy – a local story of a young boy was was found washed ashore in the 70’s and was yet to be identified. The side story of that jumped from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s to the present day, at one point I thought I had that part figured out but I was thrown of kilter with the twists that Loretta Marion threw in there.
Everything connects eventually in the end and made for a great read, I look forward to reading more in this series and going back and reading book one.
About Loretta Marion
A true bibliophile, Loretta Marion‘s affection for the written word began in childhood and followed her like a shadow throughout her life as she crafted award-winning marketing and advertising copy and educational brochures. She then applied her writing skills as a volunteer, establishing a Legacy Story program for hospice patients, which inspired her to create her own fictional stories. Her debut novel, The Fool’s Truth, is a twisty mystery set in Maine. Her Haunted Bluffs Mystery Series is set on Cape Cod and was introduced by Crooked Lane Books in 2018 beginning with HOUSE OF ASHES. Her newest release, STORM OF SECRETS, is the second book of the series.
When not whipping out words on her laptop, she is traveling, enjoying outdoor pursuits, or is curled up with a delicious new book. Loretta lives in Rhode Island with her husband, Geoffrey.
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