Amazon #1 bestselling author Christine Kling returns to the waters of Florida and the Bahamas!
Mourning Tide is the first Seychelle Sullivan novel in over a decade. This sequel to Wreckers' Key begins deep in the waters of a Florida swamp where a more mature Seychelle is working aboard her salvage tug Gorda with her five-year-old son, Nestor. When she and B.J. adopted the boy, she promised herself that she would stop the reckless chasing after justice for those she loved. But when they raise the wreck of a derelict powerboat, and she discovers human bones inside, the powerful urge to find the killer takes hold of her once more.
From the heated streets of Fort Lauderdale to the crystalline waters of the Bahamas, Seychelle follows the trail of an evil out to strip her of everything she holds dear.
I have spent more than forty years enjoying “simply messing about with boats”―as Rat said to Mole in The Wind in the Willows. I've been a boat wife, mother and captain of my own boat. I've had articles and stories published in many publications including Cruising World, Sailing!, and The Tiller and the Pen, Gulfstream Magazine and Miami Noir. My first four novels are in a series about Florida female tugboat captain, Seychelle Sullivan.
As a techie person, I am intrigued by the fast changes occurring in the publishing industry and I'm trying my hand at self-publishing. I self-published CIRCLE OF BONES, a big international thriller set in the Caribbean, and SEA BITCH, a small collection of four short stories. Thomas & Mercer then offered me a 3-book contract for a re-issue of BONES, as well as the next two books in that trilogy. The new edition debuted on Feb. 19, 2013. The second book in what I now call the Shipwreck Adventures series is called DRAGON'S TRIANGLE, and the third book in the series, KNIGHT'S CROSS was released in 2015.
Today, my husband Wayne and I, along with Barney, the Yorkshire Terror and Ruby, the Wonder Dog, are living a nomadic life as we design and build our next boat.
I was thrilled to see that Christine Kling has resurrected the Seychelle Sullivan series. It was one of my favorites when I first started reading mysteries and has not disappointed with this latest installment. Mourning Tide picks up a few years after the last book with Seychelle on her tugboat in Ft. Lauderdale, FL finding a body on the sailboat she is salvaging. The ensuing mystery takes the reader into the life of evangelical big-money Churches and through the Abacos islands of the Bahamas. This sums up the story but does not begin to describe what a great storyteller Kling is. I was immediately pulled into the story and kept turning pages long into the night. Kling is a master of place in her books. She sets the scene and anchors her stories with such precision and exact details that there is no doubt she has well-researched her surroundings and has lived many aspects of the tales. This is the mark of a great storyteller. I have loved this series for a long time and know you will too. Victoria Allman author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain
Christine always delivers and this was a great book. The only thing I didn't like was how she made the Reverend and his wife racist religious fanatics from NC. I know it had to be that way but I'm from NC and I just hope people know they don't stand for the majority. Hopefully not based on true experiences she has had with NC folks.
I won this book on a "Good Reads" giveaway. Thanks to the author. I am so glad I got this!
The twist at the end raised this book to 5* even though I figured who may have been the killer. I was not centered though with the one who did do it. I was leery of anyone being guilty but the main character and her boyfriend? ( I do not know if this is a mistake or not, but he was called husband and also fiance/boyfriend at different times.)
This is more of a cozy steady pace mystery. I am not much of a "cozy" mystery reader, but this one was good. It was a great book to take a break from the more violent gory reads. I also do not know if I have ever read a book in the setting where the story took place in and this part of the world.
I was also taken with the action at the end. It ends like many books with crime and investigation, but it did not go on and on to the extreme like some. Sometimes that can be pulled off, but at times you are hoping to tie up the loose ends in a shorter amount of time.
Seychelle ( A cool name I have never heard prior.) (It is so cute what she is called by the little boy in the story with using this name.) was a strong female lead. Stable; Though I did get an instinct towards danger for her with one decision it seemed she should have been more wary of. But of course, in fiction, this is bound to happen especially with a female lead.
I would like to read the first 4 books in the series and though some would like to read them first for background, I had no problem reading it as a standalone.
At the end of my review of Wreckers’ Key, I said I hoped Kling would write more books featuring Seychelle Sullivan. She delivered.
Seychelle, owner of a tug boat and marine salvage business, with the help of her lover/companion BJ, refloats a sunken boat only to find a skull on board, a skull that quickly is identified as belonging to the missing sister of a friend. Seychelle sets out to find out what happened to the young woman.
Kling keeps the tension low-key throughout most of the book, keeping the reader alert and on-edge, wondering what will happen next. Then she ramps it sky high when it looks like Seychelle could lose everyone she loves.
The book ends on a note that could mean this will be the last Seychelle Sullivan book. Or it could mean future books will be going in a different direction.
Mourning Tide by Christine Kling is book 5 of the Seychelle Sullivan mystery series, set in contemporary Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Together with her partner B.J., Seychelle is dedicated to raising their adopted son Nestor. Nestor's father was murdered, his mother Catalina died giving birth. Seychelle's top priority is keeping Nestor safe, so she turns down salvage assignments that seem potentially dangerous.
Raising an old wreck that has drifted into the mainstream of a river, a hazard to other boats, seems straightforward. She sets out on her salvage boat Gorda to tow in the wreck, with "co-captain" Nestor and her trusty dog Abaco. As the wreck rises, she discovers human bones aboard. Suddenly she's in the middle of a crime scene again. Seychelle wants to leave crime detection up to law enforcement, but when her friends are endangered, she must act. The victim from the wreck is Grace, a friend's daughter. Seychelle is consumed by guilt that she didn't save the girl years ago. She leaves Nestor in B.J.'s capable care, and investigates the events back when Grace went missing. She learns disturbing facts about a cult evangelist and his employees, many of whom go missing or die "accidentally".
On a cruise in the Bahamas with B.J. and Nestor, Seychelle has a double agenda: quality time with her family, but also to keep tabs on the evangelist. When Seychelle, B.J. and Nestor are kidnapped, Seychelle must outwit a desperate and clever killer to save her family.
I read the Wreckers’ Key 10 months ago and was elated to receive its sequel, Mourning Tide, the fifth in the Seychelles Sullivan series. Like the author’s Shipwreck Adventures and the other works in this series, an exciting story is interwoven with complex characters and enriched with the author’s knowledge of local history, geography and, of course, sailing. The story flows so easily and keeps the reader absorbed in it because the author has lived and sailed in the locales where the action takes place. I heartily recommend the book and look forward to more from Christine Kling.
The five books of Seychelle Sullivan's adventures are so beautifully written with mystery and mayhem that the reader simply cannot put them down. The characters grow and develop in such a way, they become real. The adventures have twists that keep you guessing and enough suspense to keep you reading long past your bedtime.
I highly recommend this series, you'll love sailing over the ocean and enjoying all the beautifully described scenery.
I have enjoyed the characters in this series immensely. The story line is fantastic. The locations described are like going on vacation and having a great adventure. Thanks for writing these books. Hope to see the story continue some day!