A woman goes for her daily swim off the coast of a small island in Maine. When she doesn’t return, a search is conducted but she is never found. Did she run off? Was she fatally hit by one of the many fishing or pleasure boats nearby? Or is she dead, Hidden Beneath the cold and tempestuous Atlantic Ocean?
Five years later, the woman, Ginny, is declared legally dead. Surprisingly, she hasn’t chosen any of her close friends to be the executor of her will. She has chosen someone she hasn’t seen for decades, Jacqueline. Jacqueline is the owner of the Snowden Family Clambake and a small nearby island. She becomes suspicious that Ginny’s death was no accident at the memorial service. Luckily, her daughter, Julia, has a head for mysteries and a reputation for solving murders. Together, the two look further into the details of both Ginny’s disappearance and her life beforehand.
The Maine Clambake Mysteries is one of my favorite cozy mystery series and Hidden Beneath, at number eleven, is no exception. The characters are usually the best part but here the mystery also intrigued me. It’s nice to get out of the “body on the floor” rut of most cozies. Overall, it’s highly recommended. 5 stars!
Thanks to Kensington Cozies and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.