PI Scotia MacKinnon is hired by M.J. Carlyle to investigate the disappearance of his sister, Tina Breckenridge. Tina, an experienced sea woman, has been declared dead in a boating mishap. M.J. refuses to believe it—Tina was an experienced sailor; besides, there's no body.

Scotia launches her search by checking out Tina. She learns that there were no conflicts in the woman's life, no reason for her to disappear, and no reason for anyone to want her dead. Still, M.J. is convinced and convincing, so Scotia presses on.

Scotia begins to believe that Tina is just a bored woman, looking for escape and adventure, when a murder occurs and she realizes that there is more here than meets the eye.

A DEEP BLUE FAREWELL is a nicely told tale. Ms. Duncan does a good job of showing the scutwork that a PI faces. Scotia's interactions with her daughter are also interesting—a pleasant read. (Aug $5.99 304p)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg