Signet, August 2002, 5.99, 304 pp.
Former police office turned private detective Scotia Mackinnon lives and practices in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. The island's elected officials have allowed outdoor clothing manufacturer On The Edge to do a photo shoot at American Camp, a nature preserve. One of the people associated with the shoot M.J. Carlyle has hired Scotia to find out what happened to his sister, Tina Breckenridge an experienced sailor, who mysteriously disappeared in the San Juan archipelago.
All her inquires come to naught. Soon Scotia's client is killed with the sheriff ruling it an accident. Tina's partner also meets with misfortune winding up in the hospital. While this is going on, Scotia receives anonymously threatening e-mails warning her to back off the case. The e-mails and the death of M.J. make the feisty detective need to find some answers no matter the cost to herself.
Putting Scotia Mackinnon on the case is a sure fire guarantee that she will go the extra mile to see justice occurs. Sharon Duncan has created a clever and feisty protagonist who knows how to cope with a client but is sometimes at a loss with how to relate with her hippie mother and her college age daughter. The mystery comes from today's headlines making it believable and realistic, but mostly entertaining.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner