Death in a Wine Dark Sea
A Jean Applequist Mystery by Lisa King
Review: Journalist Jean Applequist is attending an evening reception following the wedding of her friend from college, Diane, aboard the yacht of the groom, Martin, when she suddenly hears a call for help. Spying Martin in the choppy waters of San Francisco Bay, she throws him a life preserver then runs for help. By the time the boat's captain and some of the other guests return to the point where he presumably fell overboard, he can no longer be seen. "They'll never find him in this weather. It's the proverbial wine dark sea," Jean says. And after three hours, he's presumed dead. Jean takes the new widow home only to receive a phone call from Martin himself, saying he survived and will be back at the house soon. But he never makes it; his body is pulled from the water just a couple of hours later, dressed in his wedding tuxedo. The police initially think the call from Martin to Jean was a prank of some sort, but can't come up with a reason for it. Jean, however, is convinced that someone tried to kill Martin on his yacht. That suspect list is fairly short, and limited to the guests on board. But if he lived long enough to make it to shore, where he was killed by someone else, that list of suspects is fairly long indeed.
Acknowledgment: Permanent Press provided an ARC of Death in a Wine Dark Sea for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in Death in a Wine Dark Sea: San Francisco, California
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