The small town of Bellamy Bay has its share of skeletons in its closet, but it isn’t used to bodies turning up in the local history museum. After all, this coastal North Carolina town is much like any other…except, of course, for the mermaids.
Helping to run the family business, an herbal apothecary while keeping her supernatural secret hidden is no easy feat for water witch Aleksandra Daniels. But somehow she’s still found time to help her friend Celeste, who has her own Caribbean mermaid heritage plan the annual Mermaid Festival. As fun-seekers throng the beaches, Alex gets to know and is intrigued by renowned artist Neve Ryland, who’s in town to decorate the local park with a mermaid-themed mural. Celeste, however, is less enamored with the artist, as Neve has been spending entirely too much one-on-one time with her boyfriend Jasper, director of Bellamy Bay’s history museum. Then, a reception for Neve ends abruptly when the artist is found dead in his office.
The police investigation nets Celeste who asks Alex to find the true culprit. With the help of her magically-inclined aunt and cousins, Alex dives in to clear her friends name. But there was more to Neve Ryland than met the eye…and Alex fears she may be in way too deep. Will she catch the crook or be next on the hook?
Source: NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books Rating: 2½/5 stars
The Bottom Line: I can always gauge how much a book impacted me or how much I enjoyed it by how much comes back to me easily and readily when I sit down to write a review. In truth, not a lot came back to me about this book and that makes me sad given how much I enjoyed the first book. While I certainly don’t mind the paranormal aspects of this series (I do like it!) I think this book went a bit off the rails for me. At times, I felt the plot was a real reach and I just couldn’t stretch far enough to fall in line and enjoy the read. I also found myself becoming frustrated with the relationship between Alex and her boyfriend; when you can’t tell your significant other something so fundamental to your being, the relationship is doomed. I can’t complain one bit about the mechanics and technical bits of this book, but the creative bits left me a bit let down and wanting something more. Since I now seem to be one and one with this series, I think I’ll give book three a chance before making a final decision on my continued relationship with this series.