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Dead Wreckoning by Sylvia Dickey Smith
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Apr 02, 09

Read in March, 2009

Dempsey Durwood, one of Sidra Smart’s first clients, approaches her to take the case of Boo Murphy who has been accused of murdering her second cousin Sasha’s husband Zeke. Boo swears she shot at him but did it just to scare him but she didn’t kill him. She does claim that she saw a pirate ship, the Hotspur, half-buried in the Texas swamp.


Sidra Smart has been operating the detective agency, The Third Eye, left to her by her brother Warren. She has run into a few mishaps along the way including the fact that her office burned to the ground. Things are looking up now though. Sidra has just received her Private Investigator License as well as an insurance check to rebuild her office. Sidra has been working out of the home of her Aunt Annie but is more than ready to get back in her own office. She is anxious for some paying clients and not too excited about taking on a client with no money but many wild tales.

In spite of the way, she feels about the case Sidra decides to do some investigation. She also spots the pirate ship or at least she thinks she does. Between Sidra’s visions, Boo’s tales and Annie insisting on getting into the act Dead Wreckoning is a very interesting book with lots of history thrown in the mix.

Some people have the idea that Boo actually boarded the pirate ship and came away with treasure. Sidra has her hands full trying to clear Boo of the charges and protect her at the same time. George Leger, Sidra’s trusted mentor, is acting very strangely too and Sidra is worried George has gotten himself involved in some trouble.

Sidra’s dog Slider gets into the act as well as Aunt Annie. Dead Wreckoning is well worth reading. This is the third book in the Sidra Smart series but can be read as a stand-alone.

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