Death of the Saltwater Blonde: A Miles Jordan Mystery
Jamaica. NYPD detective Miles Jordan’s sharp sense of justice doesn’t take time off. So during a glass-bottom boat tour crowded with passengers, it’s his eagle-eyes that spot a naked corpse submerged in the clear blue waters. And after the female victim is identified as an American, he shrugs off his vacation and agrees to help the locals solve the brutal homicide.
Wary of the police’s motives, Miles is skeptical when a suspect is quickly apprehended and he’s ordered to sign off the case. But his instincts push him to continue the investigation on his own… even as his precinct boss threatens to revoke his badge.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10
Plot/Idea: With the discovery of a dead body during an idyllic beach vacation in Jamaica, homicide detective Miles Jordan is pulled into a web of intrigue and second-guessing in this energetic mystery. The story’s brief, but the plot is entertaining and attention grabbing from the start.
Prose: Ceron nails the genre with crisp prose and an unassuming writing style that pairs well with the novel’s to-the-point plot.
Originality: Though a bit of a leap initially, the idea of a detective on vacation turned worthwhile sleuth is memorable, as is the twisty ending.
Character/Execution: The spotlight here is on Jordan, who plays his role almost predictably well, but supporting characters add nice flavor to the story on their own.
Date Submitted: May 03, 2023