NetGalley offered Low Lake (the 5th book in a series featuring PI Ty Swift) by Gretta Mulrooney. I read and enjoyed it, then checked out the first in the series which was available through Kindle Unlimited. :)
The Lady Vanished Tyrone Swift worked for the Met, then for Interpol before deciding to open his own PI agency. When the unpleasant Florence Davenport hires Swift to find her missing stepmother Carmen Langborn, he realizes that Davenport's interest has more to do with a possible inheritance than with concern for the older woman.
The police have gotten nowhere on the case. There is no body and the woman has previously taken trips without getting in touch with anyone, but this time Carmen made no arrangements for someone to care for her beloved cats.
Neither Florence nor her brother have genuine concern for their stepmother, but after months with no word, they believe her to be dead. And Florence doesn't want to have to wait years for her share of the estate.
The book focuses on the investigation as Swift does the slow work of questioning various people about Carmen and her activities. This is not an action-packed plot, but one of slow accretion of details. Secrets emerge that could blow the family apart.
Favorite character--aside from Ty Swift--is Cedric, Ty's elderly upstairs tenant inherited from his Aunt Lily. Ty also develops a fondness for Carmen Langborn's housekeeper, who has taken it upon herself to continue her basic housekeeping duties and and to care for the cats.
Having read the most recent release, I already had some knowledge of the characters introduced in this first in the series.
Kindle Unlimited/Joffe Books
Low Lake is the most recent book in the series featuring PI Tyrone Swift.
Ty is asked to investigate a drowning death from two years earlier. Did the young woman--who had an overwhelming fear of water--have an epileptic seizure and drown accidentally? Or was there more to the situation?
Kim was a complicated young woman with a traumatic past. Few people seem to have truly liked her and a few actively hated her. Her recent interest in archaeology had given her long-range goals and an enthusiastic interest in all elements of archaeology--from the digs, to the historical aspects, to conservation and museum exhibits.
Ty feels some empathy with the dead woman in spite of her many flaws. As the case proceeds, a young man is murdered, and Ty feels his own responsibility for the young man's involvement in the case. Other aspects of Ty's life are fraught with grief and complications. The case takes a few unexpected turns as possible reasons for Kim's death emerge.
Mystery/Detectiv. March 22, 2018.