Review: Fisherman’s Bend by Linda Greenlaw

FishermansBendFisherman’s Bend (Jane Bunker Mysteries)
by Linda Greenlaw

When former Miami homicide detective Jane Bunker left her big city life for Green Haven, Maine, she thought she was also leaving behind the pollution, noise, and dead bodies.

Well–as any New Englander will tell you–two out of three ain’t bad.

After solving a murder and surviving a couple of attempts on her life (recounted in the bestselling mystery Slipknot), Jane Bunker believes she’s finally earned a respite from murder and intrigue. But if she thinks it’s time for her to soak up the peace and quiet she’s been seeking, she should think again.
On her way back from a routine investigation into some smashed equipment, Jane takes a moment to appreciate the beauty of a Maine autumn–there’s the sublime rainbow foliage of the highlands, the serene reflections of the setting sun on the bay’s gentle waves, the elegant silhouette of a lobster boat on the bay. But her calm lasts only as long as it takes for Jane to make the chilling discovery that the vessel is in serious trouble with nobody aboard–and that its owner has vanished without a trace. And that’s the least of the mysteries.

A young mariner dead of a heroin overdose; the real agenda of a charismatic Indian leader; a missing bait iron and a corpse painted red–nothing is what it seems. Fisherman’s Bend brings us Greenlaw’s pitch-perfect ear for all things maritime.

From the eccentric denizens of little Green Haven–Audrey, the punk rock waitress, the delightful Vickersons with their all-mussel cookbook–to the dark undercurrents that run beneath this seemingly idyllic coastal village, Greenlaw’s flair for combining humor and Down East flavor with roller-coaster suspense makes this a mystery that will grab you hook, line, and sinker.

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★★★★☆ : Great! I liked this book!

This Jane Bunker mystery is just as thrilling as the first book, Slipknot, which I was able to read a couple of years ago. I got this hardbound in BookSale a few weeks back and while some of my friends were busy frolicking the beach, I decided to stay home and imagine I was Jane Bunker and I was aboard a great big ship.

In this book however, while Jane is aboard Quest vessel, the owner of the vessel was nowhere to be found. And there’s a dead mariner somewhere in the deck too, missing equipment, and a chilling red corpse. Armed with her wit and intense desire to investigate, Jane delved into the mysteries of the ship and found herself almost sinking to the bottom with no anchor to help her.
Intense, compelling, thrilling, Fisherman’s Bend has it all. I couldn’t put this hardbound book down! Linda Greenlaw is brilliant!

P.S. Have I also mentioned that she was also in The Perfect Storm? Oh my gosh, it was one of the great films of all time!

 

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Linda Greenlaws three bestselling books about life as a commercial fisherman — THE HUNGRY OCEAN (1999), THE LOBSTER CHRONICLES (2002) and ALL FISHERMEN ARE LIARS (2004) — have climbed as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. She is the winner of the U.S. Maritime Literature Award in 2003, and the New England Book Award for nonfiction in 2004. Time Magazine called her 2005 RECIPES FROM A VERY SMALL ISLAND, co-authored with her mother Martha Greenlaw, a “must-have cookbook”.

Before becoming a writer, Linda Greenlaw was the captain of a sword boat, the career that earned her a prominent role in Sebastian Junger’s THE PERFECT STORM and a portrayal in the subsequent film. She has been featured onGood Morning America,Today,CBS Sunday Morning,The Martha Stewart Show, andNational Public Radio. She now lives on Isle au Haut, Maine, where she captains a lobster boat.

When Linda Greenlaw confessed a desire to write fiction readers responded with an enthusiastic “Please do!” At last, she satisfies their hunger with SLIPKNOT, a sharp-witted, compulsively readable mystery, the first in a series featuring marine investigator Jane Bunker.

As she proved in THE HUNGRY OCEAN, no one knows the sea like Linda Greenlaw. And as she proved in THE LOBSTER CHRONICLES, no one has a better way with the telling details of Maine village life. SLIPKNOT delivers everything readers want: a great setting, wonderful characters, an authentic and original detective — and a story that will keep them on the edge of their seats. (from the author’s website – http://www.lindagreenlawbooks.com/)

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