Jane Bunker has left her job as a detective in Miami and moved to Green Haven, Maine to be a marine insurance adjuster. She wanted a quieter life and to escape from some horrible event that is never described. On her third day in town, the town drunk turns up dead and Jane just can't help it if her detective instincts kick in and she sets out to solve the murder. There are a lot of fun, quirky characters in this book and a mystery that kept me guessing until the end. There are also a lot of loose ends left lying around - which makes me think that perhaps this is planned to be the first book in a series.
3 out of 5
Almost a 4, but parts of this book turned more into a boating and sailing for dummies instructional manual.
Jane Bunker has decided that she is done with her high pressure career as a homicide detective in Miami and traded it all in for Green Haven, Maine. Being an insurance investigator has got to be easier. That is until her showing up for her first day of work and she comes across the body of the towns troublesome drunk.
The town tries to brush it off as an accident, but with the back of his skull smashed in, Janes detective brain takes over and starts trying to piece the whole mystery together.
Unfortunately, she starts to ask one too many questions and finds herself in quite a harrowing situation. One way or another she is going to find the answer. And it may end up hurting the apparently good people of this close knit community.
Greenlaw has created an extremely interesting main character backed by a whole cast of memorable townspeople. Jane's landlords are good at wining and dining her, but they do not understand the meaning of privacy, wandering in and out of her apartment at will. The manager of the fish plant is ill-tempered and untrustworthy, while her foreman is a sweetheart. And it doesn't take Jane long to learn that there are all sorts of things going on in that small town.
This is a fast-paced book with lots of depth. There's so much going on in Green Haven that it takes time to unravel all the clues and red herrings to figure out who- and whydunit. The setting is pitch perfect, and it should be. Greenlaw is a deep-sea fisherman and captains a lobster boat in Maine. She knows her stuff. As Jane performs the tasks of a marine insurance investigator, I learned so much about the inner workings of these hard-working vessels and the many ways that cash-strapped fishermen can attempt to file insurance claims.
But the best part of Slipknot by far is the section when Jane finds herself with the killer on a boat heading straight into a storm. Wow! Absolutely mesmerizing action that put me right on the boat with her. I'm glad I have good sea legs; otherwise, I could've gotten very seasick.
Slipknot is so good that I'm glad I got my hands on the second book in the series, Fisherman's Bend. I can't wait to meet up with Jane Bunker again!
A little challenging to read, but once into it, the story goes well. This is the author's first foray into Mystery writing, and I think her books wioll improve as she creates deeper characters. The heroine is likable enough, as are the host of others, and I look forward to reading future books as the series develops.
I tried this twice and just can't get into it, just doesn't start out very interesting and didn't hold my interest.
Fun read, and kept me guessing. Good character and scene descriptions make them very easy to imagine.
I enjoyed this book, the detail about the north Atlantic fishing industry, and the story line.
You can tell right away that Greenlaw is familiar with being at sea and her nautical descriptions proove it. She never strays from the plot, which makes for excellent reading. Highly recommended.