Thursday, May 16, 2024

Book Review for A Chain of Pearls by Raemi A Ray


Synopsis (from Amazon):

The last thing she wants is to dig up the past…


When the body of a celebrated journalist is fished from the Edgartown Harbor, the official report rules his death accidental. But why was he alone on a senator’s yacht during a nor’easter? That’s only the first question London-based lawyer Kyra Gibson has when she arrives on the idyllic island of Martha’s Vineyard to settle her estranged father’s affairs.

She’s not looking for closure. She’s not seen him in decades since he left her with her aunt following her mother’s death. But as Kyra delves deeper into her father’s life, she learns he had many regrets and wasn’t as retired as she believed. The more Kyra discovers, the more questions she has. With the help of world-weary detective, Tarek Collins, they uncover a web of intrigue and corruption involving a powerful senator, a dubious energy company, and brutal murder.

As they chase down clues, Kyra and Tarek flirt with danger and race against time to solve the murders and uncover the dark secrets lurking beneath Martha’s Vineyard’s picturesque façade of old money wealth and privilege.

This is the first book in the Martha’s Vineyard Murders series. The second novel, The Wraith’s Return, will be available later this summer, followed by Widow’s Walk in the fall.

My Thoughts:  A Chain of Pearls is a phenomenal debut book.   The murder mystery pulled me right in and kept me guessing at what would happen next until the very end.   There are so many twists and turns that I could not even begin to guess at where the story was headingI loved being kept on my toes.  

Martha’s Vineyard came alive to me while reading this book.   I could picture the cold waves hitting the shores and rocking the boatsThe grand houses that were both summer residences and full-time residences were seen in my mind as I read the book.    I love picturing the town as the characters visited the bars, resteraunts, and shops. Add in the amazing story with the incredible characters and this book is a winner all the way around.   

This book is the first of a series and I cannot wait for more.   There is so much more to discover on Martha’s Vineyard.    

Thank you Author Marketing Experts for a copy of the book via the author in exchange for my honest review.


 A Chain of Pearls is a top indie mystery and crime pick from Barnes & Noble!




Author bio:

Raemi A Ray’s travels to Martha’s Vineyard and around the world inspire her stories. She lives outside Boston. When not writing or traveling she earns her keep as the personal assistant to the resident house demons, Otto and DolphLundgren.


Instagram: @miss_raemi

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