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Dark Harbor by Vivian Lawry
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May 29, 2012

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bookshelves: 2012, mystery, fiction, murder, maryland, chesapeake-bay, sailing, women-writers, college

While we were in Northumberland county, my friend lent me this. She checked it out because it is set on the Chesapeake Bay, a place of which we are both fond. Although this mystery is set in a part of the Bay that I am less familiar with, it was a fun vacation read.

Nora and Van have been out for the last sail of the season and manage to find a dead man. From there, the story continues like all good mysteries. Lots of clues, lots of suspects and lots of red herrings.

I enjoyed this novel for several reasons. One, the setting is a college campus. I am familiar with small college campuses and the authors have handled this part of the story well. Secondly, since this is the first in a series, the characters have to be created and believable - and they are. The mystery is nothing new, but well done. Lastly, the college president graduated from Randolph-Macon, which would be a throwaway for most readers, but I have spent almost 30 years connected to that college, so that was just fun for me.

I recommend this story to folks looking for light entertainment, those who like their mysteries uncomplicated or anyone interested in the Chesapeake Bay area.

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