WILLIAM G. TAPPLY
Worldwide Library Worldwide Mystery
Harlequin Enterprises 225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3BK9
$5.99 U.S./$6.99 Canada
Rating: 4 Cups
Stoney Calhoun had a freak accident that darkened his past. There are only bits and pieces of his memory that come to him. As a part owner of a bait and tackle shop, he does enjoy an afternoon on the water, with dog Ralph.
Kate Balaban is half Penobscot Indian, as well as half-owner with Stoney. They refer to the bait shop as Kate's shop. She finds Stoney a hard man to love.
Kate informs Stoney whenever they have a client it is best to keep the customer satisfied. He understands to follow policy, but fishing is something that should not be halted, even though he knows Kate is right. He cares deeply for her and wishes to spend more time with her but sometimes it is not possible. Stoney is out with Ralph and a customer when the customer needs a bathroom break. Stoney is not happy about taking any fishing break, but this stop brings them upon a dead body. It puts a dead stop to their fishing expedition and more, when later the client is found murdered. While Stoney works on his relationship with Kate, along with his amnesia, he dives into the two murders realizing he needs answers. He is determined to get down to the truth no matter what danger he may face.
Gray Ghost is an excellent read. The dialogue and the refreshing characters make it unique in its own way. When Stoney was out on the water, I could visualize the whole scene, even down to the picturesque beauty of everything. Stoney is the type of guy I would go fishing with any day and not have to take any breaks. Even though he suffers with amnesia, he does not let it get the best of him. William Tapply drums up some fascinating characters, a great plot and a nice mystery. He pens a read that flows easy while instilling well-rounded secondary characters to blend in and make a satisfying story.
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