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  • 07/2022
  • 978-0-578-29500-8 B09YH3923N
  • 300 pages
  • $13.99
Ebook Details
  • 07/2022
  • 978-0-578-29500-8 B09YH3923N
  • 300 pages
  • $6.99
Nina Foxx
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Island Secrets: A Queens of Kiawah Story
Nina Foxx, author

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

His boat came in, but Denise Martine’s husband, Charles, wasn’t on it. Almost a year later, with his death still a mystery, Denise retreats to their vacation home on Kiawah Island to begin to sort out his affairs and her feelings amongst a group of her friends, only to be confronted with the mystery he left behind. Although she must go on, Denise feels as if something is not quite right with her husband's mysterious disappearance. Her suspicions are compounded as an old flame from college, Trent, shows up and begins to poke around in what Denise considers to be a very private matter.
Reviews
Foxx (Momma Gone) presents a cozy mystery nuanced with romance set on South Carolina’s exclusive Kiawah Island. Savvy, wealthy widow Denise Martine doubts her husband Charles fell off his boat and died nearly one year ago, his body never found. Recuperating among friends in her luxurious island home, she discovers that her former flame Trent Wilkerson visits the scenic barrier island–and, unbeknownst to her, his business involves her, as Trent works as an insurance agent assigned to track Charles’s mysterious business dealings. Following the jolt of a home invasion, Denise enlists Trent to help her uncover Charles’s illicit activities, unwittingly assisting his own investigation. At the island’s most glamorous party of the year, their suspicions lead them to a wily criminal.

Foxx based the ritzy, idyllic setting and fanciful characters on her trips to the real Kiawah Island, imbuing this delightful tale of romantic suspense with welcome authenticity. Island Secrets invites the reader into an elite inner circle where even the local police drive Rolls Royce patrol vehicles. These elements are amusing, and the story delves into secrets and criminality as this tight-knit community of upper-class people of color thrives within a typically white tourist environment. Foxx invites readers to relish her cast’s elite status while offering sharp dialogue and memorable back-and-forth rapport as the case (and the possible romance) heats up.

A bitter ex-colleague cut from Charles’s lucrative business, a cagy inventor, and a notorious socialite who runs a members-only club for those seeking discretion, among others, make compelling suspects. The socialite leads Denise and Trent to a safety deposit box containing seemingly insignificant contents ... but which a criminal desperately needs. The missing man himself may be the most intriguing persona of all. Despite some proofreading issues, Denise’s expensive lifestyle, flamboyant friends, and musings on Kiawah Island will entertain both travel lovers and mystery enthusiasts.

Takeaway: This thriller set among elite island dwellers finds a wife digging into her missing husband’s past.

Great for fans of: Abby L. Vandiver’s Secrets, Lies, & Crawfish Pies, Carl Weber and Eric Pete’s The Family Business.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: B
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B
Marketing copy: A

Net Galley Member

This book in itself was really touching and emotional and touched me in ways I never really imagined a book could. It was thought provoking and had me questioning myself about life so many times, it’s exactly what I needed at a time like this. 5/5 stars!

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 07/2022
  • 978-0-578-29500-8 B09YH3923N
  • 300 pages
  • $13.99
Ebook Details
  • 07/2022
  • 978-0-578-29500-8 B09YH3923N
  • 300 pages
  • $6.99

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