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Blood & water : a Pacific Northwest mystery
Fairweather, Lori.
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First edition.
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New York : William Morrow and Co., [1999]

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321 pages ; 25 cm
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When a woman's twin sister is murdered, and she is assumed to be the murderer, she fights for her life trying to find the actual assailant.

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Booklist Review

The treacherous cliffs, angry surf, and blustery winds of the Northwest provide a suitably dramatic background for Fairweather's first novel. Fran Estes and her husband return to her gloomy hometown on the Northern California coast to care for her ailing mother. After her mother's funeral, as the story begins, Fran's twin sister, Sid, is staying with her. As different in personality as they are similar in looks, Fran and Sid have a drunken argument in a bar one night, and Sid is later found dead. After Fran becomes the primary suspect, she begins investigating the crime on her own and soon finds her own life in jeopardy. Unfortunately, most mystery buffs will guess at least part of the ending early on, and many will have the whole crime figured out. Still, Fairweather's plot generates enough suspense to entertain most readers; only those interested solely in puzzle solving will be disappointed. --Jenny McLarin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Northern California law student Fran Estes learns the hard way that fighting in public with her estranged twin sister, Sid, can have dire repercussions‘especially after Sid is found dead the next day. With a severe hangover and no memory of what happened after they fought outside Black Bay's coastal bar, Fran becomes the cops' number one suspect after they learn she will inherit half a million dollars from Sid's death. Since her clothes from that night are bloody, Fran can't be certain that she isn't guilty. But she refuses to be railroaded for the crime, and the only way to save herself is to look into who else might have pushed Sid over a cliff. To counter the police's mounting circumstantial evidence, Fran unearths Sid's last lover in Los Angeles, a druggie named Deke who wasn't taking their breakup well. Although Deke becomes a hot suspect, Fran can't forget how similar Sid's death is to that of their childhood friend April, whose slaying remains unsolved. After a few silent phone calls and an anonymous threatening note, Fran suspects that April's killer had caught up with Sid‘and now is about to catch her, too. With well-drawn characters, convincing dialogue and tight prose, Fairweather's suspenseful debut thriller pulls the reader through plot twists as sudden and sharp as the Pacific coast highway. Agent, PMA Agency. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Twin sisters, long estranged, meet for a drink and discussion but wind up fighting. Frannie awakens the next morning with a hangover and a memory blackout, but someone has pushed her sister off an oceanside cliff. Although the none-too-bright local police have nobody in custody yet, they try to override the onus of a long-unsolved rape/murder by pinning this one on Frannie. Things do look bad‘telltale blood stains, a $500,000 life insurance policy on her sister, strained relationships‘until Frannie's self-protective sleuthing bears fruit. First novelist Fairweather handles this traditional setup with verve, fine focus, and strong suspense. For most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.