Sea Devil by Jessica Sherry
You never get over your first love… how about your first murder? When a man is murdered in her bookstore the night before her grand opening, island newcomer, Delilah Duffy, makes a name for herself… as prime suspect. And, why not? The evidence points to her, and she’s a stranger in town with a mysterious past. Her arrival in Tipee Island just days before was marred with controversy. A disturbing act of vandalism sends a clear message – everyone wants to see her fail, even members of her own family. If Delilah Duffy hopes to create a life on the island she loved as a child, she must navigate through a vicious family feud, shoddy police work and the mistakes of her past. Will Delilah uncover the truth before her past and her precarious present destroy her?
A bookstore, the ocean, a little romance, some laughs and a murder…this book has it all! The Duffy family couldn’t have been more entertaining. They made me laugh one second and shocked me the next.
I loved reading about how Delilah and Sam met and their relationship years before. I also loved learning how their new relationship unfolded.
Every chapter was titled with something to do with the ocean (like damselfish, ghost crabs, currents, shoals) and started with a bit of info about it which then linked somehow to the rest of the chapter. I learned a lot that never knew, and it fascinated me since the ocean is my happy place. This is the first book I’ve read with chapter titles and beginnings like that, and I think it was a great idea.
Even though I generally like books around 300 pages, this book at 425 pages seemed like a pretty quick read. The chapters were short which was another plus. I really don’t like stopping in the middle of chapters and I didn’t have that problem with this book.
First time author Jessica Sherry has a winner in Sea Devil! I loved her writing style and how descriptive she was. I loved reading about Tipee Island and learning more and more about the characters. I could see the beach town, the buildings, the people. Delilah, Sam, and the other characters were a mix of good, bad, funny, and scary. Some were wounded souls and some were warriors.
The front cover says “A Delilah Duffy Mystery”, so I’m wishing and hoping that there are more to come.
This book is one of my top 2 favorite books of 2013 and I highly recommend it.