Girl Under Water by L.T. Vargus, Tim McBain
12/17/20; 394 pages
PI Charlotte (Charlie) Winters #2
Girl Under Water by L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain is a highly recommended investigative whodunit.
After her wealthy father, Dutch Carmichael's death is determined to be murder, his daughter Gloria Carmichael, as the executor of the estate, hires Charlie Winters to investigate her father's death. She can't find a will and it appears that millions of dollars from the estate are missing, as well as some art work. Her four siblings, Brandon, Marjory, Jude, and Dara, aren't thrilled with someone looking into the family's secrets, but they appear to be cooperating as Charlie begins her investigation. Then Gloria calls because she has uncovered some information that she wants to discuss with Charlie immediately and is coming right over to her office. Gloria is killed in a hit and run right in front of Charlie's office and it seems that her death may be tied to her father's death. Charlie's determined to discover the truth, but this could put her life in danger.
The plot takes off at a good
pace and it is interesting as Charlie meets all the Carmichael
siblings. Obviously one of them is probably guilty, but it seems that
all of them may be suspects, might have a motive, and likely have
secrets. Charlie has to make her way through the misinformation and
distracting sibling dynamics between all of them to try and piece
together what likely happened. She also has to get creative to track
down Dutch's long-time mistress/girlfriend and discover what she has to
say. Once the novel introduces all the players, it starts to pick up
speed, with twists and turns along the way and is un-put-downable.
Charlie is an interesting
character, both intelligent and intuitive. Charlie also hears the voice
of her murdered twin sister Allie in her head. (Allie was murdered
twenty years ago.) Allie and Charlie keep up a running dialogue between
them, although much of it consists of quips and sarcastic comments from
Allie with Charlie replying. I need to say right from the start that I
found Allie's voice to be intrusive and distracting, and for me it
detracted from the actual investigation. I had to actually concentrate
on setting her voice aside so it didn't keep diverting my attention from
the actual plot. For me it would have worked better to make Allie an
actual real sidekick helping with the investigation rather than a
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Bookouture.