Release Date: June 1, 2016
Synopsis: Pat Tierney is more than ready for a summer holiday. But when her teenage daughter announces that she is pregnant, and a friend is pegged by police as a prime suspect in a murder, she realizes the summer is not off to a good start. When victims of a cottage-rental scam start turning up at her door, she knows that her dream vacation has turned into a nightmare.
Excerpt: Mist rose from the water as my canoe glided across Black Bear Lake. I glanced at my watch. I had less than thirty minutes to cross the chain of lakes between Black Bear and the town of Braeloch, or I’d be late for the morning meeting. I dipped my paddle into the water, but a noise pulled me off the lake.
I opened one eye. The clock on my bedside table told me it was six thirty. I heard the sound again. The sound of retching in the bathroom across the hall.
I was out of bed in a flash. In the room beside mine, Tommy, my eight-year-old, was sound asleep. That meant…
“Laura?” I tapped on the bathroom door. “Are you okay?”
I’d picked up Laura and Tommy when the bus from Toronto pulled into Braeloch the previous afternoon. Tommy and Maxie, our golden retriever, had a rapturous reunion, but Laura was subdued, which I put down to exhaustion after her final exams. She planned to spend a week at the lake before starting her summer job. Tommy would be with me for most of the summer.
The bathroom door opened. Laura stood barefoot in a pink nightshirt, clutching a towel. Her gray eyes met mine.
My head began to spin.
“Mom.” She wiped her mouth with the towel. “They say morning sickness ends after three months so I should be over it soon.”
For a few moments, I didn’t know what to think, what to feel. I stood there, staring at her. This can’t be happening. Not Laura, my little girl.
About the author: Toronto journalist Rosemary McCracken writes the Pat Tierney mystery series. Safe Harbor, the first novel in the series, was shortlisted for Britain’s Debut Dagger Award in 2010. It was published by Imajin Books in 2012, followed by Black Water in 2013. “The Sweetheart Scamster,” a Pat Tierney short story in the crime fiction anthology, Thirteen, was a finalist for a 2014 Derringer Award. Raven Lake, the third Pat Tierney novel, has just been released! Jack Batten, The Toronto Star’s crime fiction reviewer, calls Pat “a hugely attractive sleuth figure.” Find Rosemary at : http://www.rosemarymccracken.com/ and on her blog.