I look forward to reading Mary Kay Andrews every spring. This spring is no exception. She’s outdone herself. Not only are we at the beach, we’re on an island off the coast of Savannah and there’s a murder mystery to boot.
THE HIGH TIDE CLUB has some strong women. Young and old strong women. These characters are full of pepper and have a back story to “die” for.
” 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.”
Millie, Ruth, Varina, and Josephine are the four women of THE HIGH TIDE CLUB. They were all really young when it originated. Varina being the youngest of them all. Two are dead. Only Josephine and Varina have survived. And boy do they have a secret. In fact, this novel is jam-packed with secrets. Plural.
Mary Kay Andrews has set this new novel in a unique island paradise that houses not just family memories but a murder that has gone unsolved for over fifty years. One character does not even know who he is. And family members are in the dark about what happened all those years ago on the eve of Millie’s wedding.
I could not turn the pages quick enough. The story goes back and forth in time. Begins in 1941 with the prologue introducing the four women and the body. Then flips forward to Chapter one where Brooke meets old Mrs. Warrick. We begin to learn about each of the members of THE HIGH TIDE CLUB and how they fit into the here and now. Sometimes I could not wait and found myself jumping ahead to get back to the earlier story… Oooh, it’s good!
My festive review copy arrived in a box complete with a sippy cup for beverage and logo saying Summer begins with Mary Kay Andrews.
Mary Kay Andrews is the pen name of Kathy Hogan Trocheck. For years she wrote wonderful cozy mysteries. In THE HIGH TIDE CLUB her mystery telling abilities totally shine.
THE HIGH TIDE CLUB will be on sale May 8. We will have them on my summer reading table at Copperfish Books in Punta, Gorda.
I have to thank Meg from Tandem Literary and St. Martin’s Press. I loved this book!