Murder in Hum Harbour by Jayne E Self
Publisher: Harbourlight Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (265 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe
There’s a Sleuth on the loose… Part-time medical receptionist, part-time jewelry crafter, Gailynn MacDonald thinks she knows everything about everyone in Hum Harbour, Nova Scotia. That’s the way she likes it. But when her former employer Doc Campbell turns up dead aboard his beached yacht, and her sister-in-law becomes the prime suspect, quirky, over-excitable Gailynn vows to unmask the killer. With Geoff Grant, Doc’s handsome replacement, by her side Gailynn uncovers secrets and confronts childhood fears. And in the process she discovers that catching a killer is a lot like crafting her seaglass jewelry… it’s all in the details.
Doc always did like to drink but no one expected to find him dead on his boat the day after he had retired and taken off for the Caribbean.
This author chose a fictitious harbor in Nova Scotia for her setting in this story. She does an excellent job of painting you a picture with her words so you feel just like you’re there on the waterfront. I enjoyed her term of “versatile weather”. You can get five kinds in one day in the Northwest and I doubt the east coast is any different.
Ms. Self creates a main female character that’s a bit shy and insecure but knows what she wants to do with her life. She has a new boss she resents because he got the business when her friend, Lori, was planning on buying it. Her brother is a policeman who wants to become a RCMP, but she’s not sure about his investigative talents. When she learns the doctor was murdered, she starts to get involved in the doctor’s past and town secrets.
The plot moves along well and there are red herrings on the way, as well as bad feelings everywhere as Gai keeps stirring up the past and snooping in the present. Ms. Self gives you more than one suspect and everyone seems to be guilty of something. As the story progresses, the author gives you a few clues here and there. I suspected the murderer before Gai found it out. That was in line with the type of character Gai was, though, so I couldn’t fault her for not thinking the way I did.
One of my favorite parts of this story was the romance between Gai and the new doctor, Geoff. They had some differences and some misunderstandings, but good communication between them was settling that down. I’ll be looking forward to the next in this series to see how the relationship progresses and if Andrew ever makes it to being an RCMP. Ms. Self makes you care about her characters and her stories are tempting enough to make you return. Why not get a copy of this cozy mystery and see if you can outguess Gai on the murderer?