Half Moon Bay, set in California, is the third book in the Deputy Coroner Clay Edison series.
Deputy Coroner Clay is a new father to fourteen-week-old Charlotte. He and his wife, psychologist Amy, are alternating shifts watching Charlotte sleep very little and cry quite a bit.
Since Clay works the night shift at work, he is called out when a child’s bones are found at a construction site. Finding the bones sets off a massive takeover of the People’s Park in Berkeley, where they were found.
In the meantime, Clay is helping a friend of a friend, Franchette, find out what happened to his infant sister, who went missing in the sixties. Since the buried bones are determined to be male, they are not his sister. But the case intrigues Clay so he investigates it anyway.
Nothing is stranger than family relationships. They are explored in this book by looking at three different family units, including Clay’s own. While I didn’t enjoy this entry as much as the others, Half Moon Bay is still a fascinating look into family dynamics. However, I did miss the usual quantity of the graphic gore of a Deputy Coroner’s job. This tale was largely a private investigator’s story. 3.5 stars!
Thanks to Ballantine Books, Random House and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.