Monday, May 7, 2018

Review: The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

The High Tide Club
by Mary Kay Andrews

Publisher: St Martin's Press
Pages: 480
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons Brooke Trappnell to Talisa Island, her 20,000 acre remote barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never met her. Josephine’s cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter with Brooke, who is an attorney, but Brooke knows that Mrs. Warrick has long been a client of a prestigious Atlanta law firm.

Over a few meetings, the ailing Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, secrets, betrayal and a long-unsolved murder. She tells Brooke she is hiring her for two reasons: to protect her island and legacy from those who would despoil her land, and secondly, to help her make amends with the heirs of the long dead women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club—so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades—Millie, Ruth and Varina. When Josephine dies with her secrets intact, Brooke is charged with contacting Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women who’ve actually never met.

Kritters Thoughts:  I have not read all of Mary Kay Andrews.  I have read a few here and there and I feel like it has been awhile since the last time.  I would quickly describe this book to another person as the perfect gateway for a reader who reads a lot of women's fiction and wants to dip their toes into the mystery genre.  This was a perfect hybrid of family drama story combined with a few who dun it storylines.  

Josephine Bettendorf Warrick is the last in her lineage and her land and home are in the middle of drama with the state of GA and before she dies she wants to have her affairs settled.  She summons old friends or members of their family and tries to set things straight, but dies in the process.  The story starts here and her friends and their family have to put some puzzles together and figure out how to make Josephine's last wishes come true.  

I absolutely enjoyed this book.  I liked the hybrid of having a family drama with the hint of who dun it.  Being a avid reader of mysteries, I was able to figure out a few of the puzzles ahead of time, but this didn't take away from the reading experience.  I was still surprised by two things and happily surprised!

I would love to know if you are a fan of Mary Kay Andrews if you would recommend where I go next?  Does she have some other books that have some good puzzles to put together?

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 39 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St Martin's Press.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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