Murder at Harbor Village
Young retiree Cleo Mack is trading in academia for a second act in Harbor Village, a community for active seniors in coastal Alabama. But someone in this picture-perfect coastal town is burning the candle at both ends . . .
It’s love at first sight when Cleo arrives in Fairhope, Alabama, after taking early retirement from her longtime position as professor of social work. Touted as “the nicest town in the world,” Fairhope is home to an eclectic community of retirees. Harbor Village boasts classes in painting, pottery, and photography, not to mention being a buyer’s market for husbands. It seems an ideal place to make new friends and rediscover life. Until a dead body is found in the pool.
When the victim turns out to be the unpopular director of senior living, Cleo is named acting director. Now she must rely on her well-honed people skills to uncover a killer in a place where short-term memory isn’t what it used to be, and age is just a number. And if Cleo keeps snooping around, her number may soon be up . . .
Guest Post from G.P. Gardner
MURDER AT HARBOR VILLAGE, by G. P. Gardner. Kensington Lyrical Underground, publication Nov. 13, 2018.
Fairhope’s municipal pier is a favorite gathering spot for residents and visitors to Mobile Bay. There’s a restaurant halfway out and a marina, if you want to come by boat. Some people do. One summer night there was a green wooden sailing boat tied up, with its name written in Cyrillic. We happened to have a Russian exchange student visiting us. She talked with the crew, a couple traveling with their cat, sailing the world and selling their artwork to finance the trip. The boat was built in Vladivostok by the sailor, and was a replica of a nineteenth century Russian fishing boat. Tied up beside the fishing boat was a modern catamaran from Germany, waiting for parts to repair damage done by lightning.
In MURDER AT HARBOR VILLAGE, a pier cam helps Cleo Mack solve a murder. There’s a real pier cam, but it doesn’t work exactly like the fictional one. You can see it here:
http://piercam.cofairhope.com/view/viewer_index.shtml?id=11574 When I checked it just now, someone was driving the camera in for a close look at the kudzu growing on the bank.
GP Gardner lives in Fairhope, Alabama, with her writer husband and a once-feral cat.
Her short stories have appeared in a number of regional publications. Now she writes mysteries and draws pictures.
You can find GP on:
Book Review by Bree Herron
Ahh, another day and another wonderful first new book of a series. I love first books in a series more than anything and this one was by far one of the best! Cleo is new in Fairhope and she is feeling the vibes of her retirement until the murder. Now she is in charge of the activities and things get fun.
I really loved the setting of this mystery, it was fun and pleasant to think about. I really love the charm to the community and all the community members. It is a hoot to read and you will have many chuckles and smiles. I think it is a great way to start the newest series in the cozy world, that many will love!
**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.
Professional Reader Affiliates
I am grateful to be of service and bring you content free of charge. In order to do this, please note that when you click links and purchase items, in most (not all) cases I will receive a referral commission. Your support in purchasing through these links supplements the costs of keeping my website up and running, and is very much appreciated!