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Judas Island : a Bay Tanner mystery
Wall, Kathryn R.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martins Minotaur, [2004]

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viii, 294 pages ; 22 cm
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Bay Tanner's fledgling detective agency gets off the ground when she, the Judge, and Eric Whiteside look into the murder of an old college friend of Eric's. Right before he was killed, Grey Palmer Jr. contacted Eric to tell him that while working as an archeologist on the islands off of Beaufort, SC, he had found the remains of a man who was recently killed. The next day, Grey's body is found underwater, tied to his boat, his face mutilated by the boat's propeller. As Bay and Eric get closer to the truth, they find themselves uncovering secrets that have long been buried.

Author Notes

Kathryn Wall was an accountant for 25 years in Ohio before retiring with her husband to Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Former accountant Bay Tanner returns to Hilton Head, South Carolina, from Paris when her boyfriend, Alain Darnay, rejoins Interpol, despite her objections. Tanner and colleagues in her fledgling detective agency--including her father (a retired judge) and computer expert Erik Whiteside--become involved in investigating the death of Erik's college friend Gray Palmer, an archaeologist who died after finding a skeleton on an island off the South Carolina coast. Gray's death is ruled an accident, but Erik and Gray's friend Mindy are convinced that it was murder and that Mindy has reason to fear for her own life. A vividly described setting and a likable, believable heroine, who is trying to come to terms with losing her lover, add appeal to the mystery plot, which hinges on that genre staple, the long-buried secret. --Sue O'Brien Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in South Carolina's low country, Wall's cozy series featuring widowed accountant Bay Tanner gets better with each book. In her fourth outing (after 2003's Perdition House), Bay returns home from an extended stay in Paris to find that her father, the Simpson part of Simpson & Tanner, Inquiry Agents, is making regular and significant payments to a mysterious visitor. When Judge Simpson refuses to answer Bay's questions about what's going on, Bay is stumped. How could her father be a blackmailer's target? Meanwhile, an old college friend of computer expert Eric Whiteside, with whom Bay started Simpson & Tanner, is killed in a freak boating accident, leaving a not-so-grieving father and a girlfriend who insists the death was murder. Wall manages to keep several seemingly unconnected story lines in play, building suspense gradually until things fall neatly into place. Her greatest strength, however, is her heroine, who exudes self-confidence whether auditing the books of a shrimping company or consulting a forensics expert. Bay's wry observation on how middle-aged women are invisible to waitresses if an attractive man is nearby cuts to the bone, but is made without rancor. Wall should continue to build a following among fans of older female sleuths. Agent, Amy Rennert. (June 2) Forecast: Carolyn Hart, author of the light-as-a-feather Death on Demand series, also set in the low country, provides a blurb, but readers will find Bay closer in spirit to Deborah Knott, Margaret Maron's more nuanced mystery heroine. The atmospheric jacket art shows a magnolia trees with an unidentified Drayton Hall, one of South Carolina's finest plantation houses, in the distance. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Bay Tanner (Perdition House) leaves her Paris lover after he's summoned to a new Interpol gig. Back at her Hilton Head home, she takes on two investigative jobs. For one, she uses the skills she learned as a CPA to finger a local embezzler. The other is more complicated: a former college friend of her partner finds a recent skeleton on an island, then dies a suspicious death. Weighted with emotional baggage (her murdered husband, her distant lover), Bay does her best to concentrate. A solidly constructed plot, detailed prose, and approachable characters bolster this welcome series addition. Wall, a former accountant, lives in Hilton Head, SC. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.