BEYOND A DOUBT
Bree Nichols' husband died in the plane crash that kept her son missing for a year. Mother and son have just been reunited, and they are dealing with their loss and the trauma of their separation. The last thing Bree needs is for the long-dead body of a murdered man to be discovered in the basement of her lighthouse home on the banks of Lake Superior.
The investigation turns up a connection with a decades-old shipwreck and a smuggling operation with tentacles that reach forward through the years. Bree's current boyfriend, Kade Matthews, struggles to rescue his teenage sister from decisions that could get her in big trouble. Another murder, arson, some break-ins and a sniper up the ante in this race to find a killer.
Coble handles multiple plot threads with riveting dexterity. Characterization is superb and the action and emotion flow so smoothly it's nearly impossible to put the book down. (Apr., 304 pp., $13.99)
Jill Elizabeth Nelson