Samantha Tate, Book # 2
September 3, 2020
October 8, 2020 October 26, 2020
When the body of popular local guide Arley Fitchett washes up onto Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Lieutenant Sam Tate, just two months at her new job, is charged with investigating his death. She learns the dead man was searching for a carving he believed had been hidden in the area by pirates in 1718. He’s not the only one. Several others shared Fitchett’s obsession with the bird with the sapphire eye. But which one of them is the murderer—or the next victim? And how long does Sam have to catch a killer before her own past catches up with her?
“The book… allows Tate to more fully come into herown as a formidable character on whose shoulders future procedurals could confidentially be placed.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
“Bird in Hand will have prior Sam fans and newcomers thoroughly engrossed, all the way to the unexpected end.” ~ D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“Even better than the first…leaving this reader eager for a third.” ~Teri Case, author of the award-winning TIGER DRIVE
About the book
The author of this new chapter of the series takes us on a mysterious search of a treasure, mixed with death and disappearance.
We meet again the investigator Sam Tate, already met in the first book. She is also a bit mysterious, she has a particular past and due to this past she has changed her name. Sam has just moved from Tennessee where she concluded a case of a serial killer who for years had been called the Wedding Crasher, resolved together with her boyfriend, an FBI agent, met on that occasion.
We are around Chesepeake Shore, which honestly, not being American, I struggled to understand where it was. (Thanks Google). Here a hidden treasures hunter is brutally murdered and a series of other murders begins, murders that leave the investigators stunned. Is it because of the drug cartel or is there something else?
What I think
I liked the book, maybe because I haven’t read detective stories in a while, but I didn’t understand who the killer was until the end and even in the end it took me a while to connect everything. For this, I need to say “well done” to the author who was able to amaze me.
Also there are letters between the chapters because the story all starts with them and I must say that I liked them so much and I found them a delicate touch.
I adore Sam Tate, her history and her connection with Terry (the FBI agent) even if he isn’t that much present here. I would like for them to investigate together again even if I know it could be a conflict with them being together. The only thing that I wish were present is Tennessee, I mean I really liked the base city in the first book because it was different from the other books I read and Virginia is so common! But I do understand that Terry works at the FBI so I understand why this move (I think… maybe that’s not why Nikki moved Sam there, I mean the real reason is her mother of course but why Virginia? Sorry I can’t really explain this in English, too difficult for my Italian brain heehee).
I really like the style, short chapters, interspersed with these epistles that stop the narrative and give a stop to the main story which is fast. I was looking forward to one of these letters and even though I’m not a romantic, I enjoyed the story.
I will continue with the series. I am glad that Partners in Crime gave me the opportunity to read the second chapter of the series in advance and thanks to the author for her work. I can’t wait to understand the mystery behind Sam Tate even if at the end of the book you can already guess something
Bird In Hand by Nikki Stern
on Tour November 1 – November 14, 2020
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Nikki is the author of five books, all of which have earned critical praise. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, and Humanist Magazine as well as in three anthologies. She collaborated on a series of interactive murder mystery musicals that make up the Café Noir series, published by Samuel French.
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