Listen up Anne Stuart fans - this is a reprint of some golden oldies - and super ones. As always from Anne Stuart mesmerizes! They are dark, moody and mysterious and an excellent read! One great anthology.
In the first one, we have Molly Ferrell coming to a small New England fishing village to find out what happened to the brilliant writer/poet Michael O'Flannery. Supposedly, twenty years ago he took a gun into the forest and killed himself, leaving behind a set of near genius works that have obsessed Molly for decades. His writing touched her, reached her in a way men never did. So she is determined to exorcise the ghost of O'Flannery once and for all by writing a book about him. Visiting his hometown, she is determined to find out why a man of such talent would destroy himself - and maybe break her obsession, once and fall. There she finds instant resistance in the town folk. There's an empty grave with a headstone, people lock their doors or stop talking when she entered a room, and heavy, dogged resistance from Jake, a carpenter. He hints there were other deaths in the town and maybe Michael did not kill himself, but was murdered. Stuart owns the talent of dark, moody alpha/gamma heroes, and she is flying high with this tale.
I am not familiar with the works of Joanna Wayne or Caroline Burns, but I will be checking to see other material as their stories also impressed me.
Wayne gives a tale of a woman running from her past, trying to keep it secret, who falls for Dr. Nathan Duncan. He is drawn to his new patient, but is sure they have met before. How long can she keep her past secret from her doctor?
Burnes tale is very effective, very sinister. A body is found on the shores of a sleepy Florida coast. First people say it is a shark attack...but could it be something more? Marine biologist Libby Phillips is not sure its a shark attack. Distracting her from the investigation is a modern day 'pirate' one sexy Chat Watson. But is he trying to win her in his bed or keep her from discovering the truth about the body? A very enjoyable mystery.
Delightfully dark tales perfect to curl up with on a dark and stormy night.