Abby Radwell works as a dealer in the rare paranormal books market. She is good at her job and has a solid reputation as being able to unlock psychically encrypted books. She’s very careful about who she works for and by her own admission stays away from the “deep water” of the really dangerous buyers.
Despite her precautions, Abby has attracted the attention of a blackmailer. She contacts Sam Coppersmith to help her find the blackmailer before he can expose her secrets and embarrass her family—having a daughter labeled as a “nut case” because she thinks she has psychic abilities would not help her father’s chances at landing a reality TV show on how to have the perfect blended family.
Sam and Abby’s relationship gets off to a rocky start when the water taxi driver tells Abby not to worry about the recent rumors about Sam. According to the driver, Sam’s too smart to have murdered his fiancee and left her body in his house. If he had wanted to kill her, her body wouldn’t have been found. Hmmm, Abby doesn’t find that very comforting.
But as family pressure, dead book dealers, and psychic dreams pile up, Abby realizes how much she wants and needs Sam’s help. Sam needs Abby’s talents as well. He’s looking for a research notebook that is supposed to detail experiments with powerful crystals. The two cases have much in common.
I listened to this on audiobook during my commute. Tanya Eby did a good job slightly changing her voice to reflect the male and female characters—it was effective.
The story is fast-paced and entertaining. All except one loose end get wrapped up in the end—but this is the first in a series. Sam has two siblings—and I’d lay money on the next books resolving their stories as well as the mystery of the crystals.
Check the WRL catalog for Copper Beach.
Check the WRL catalog for the audiobook of Copper Beach.