Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Hurricanes Can Be Murder, by Meredith Potts (author), Stephanie Quinn (narrator)

Meredith Potts, October 2019

Hope Hadley lives in Hollywood, Florida, which is getting hit by a hurricane. She and her boyfriend, along with their dogs, take refuge in a storm shelter. Hope spends a good bit of the time worrying about what they'll find when they can emerge; hurricanes, after all, can do a lot of damage.

There is indeed a lot of damage, though Hope and her boyfriend are each fortunate enough to find their homes still standing. Everything on Hope's first floor will have to go, and she'll have to have mold removers in before she can replace those things. But those are things, not people. Things are replaceable.

Then her brother Joe, a police detective in Hollywood, calls her with the news. One person has died, and not due to the storm. This woman was murdered. As is their usual habit, Joe wants his sister's help investigating the murder.

There are two suspects, the woman's brother, who stands to collect a million dollars from her insurance policy, and her ex-boyfriend, whom she had recently broken up with and who wasn't inclined to accept that. Each of them, of course, is deeply insulted to be considered a suspect, and insists the other one is far more likely.

This is a short story, and moves quickly, with good interaction between Hope and her brother, and between Hope and her boyfriend.

A good light listen.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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