Thursday, December 7, 2023

Deadly Cove

Deadly Cove by Brendan DuBois
12/12/23; 300 pages
Severn River Publishing
Lewis Cole #7

Deadly Cove by Brendan DuBois is the very highly recommended seventh mystery in the Lewis Cole series. Originally published on 7/5/2011, Deadly Cove is part of a re-release of the outstanding series by Severn River Publishing. I'm quite enjoying this exceptional series and look forward to the next installment.

Magazine columnist and ex-Department of Defense research analyst Lewis Cole has a new editor at Shoreline, who requires him to submit articles to justify his salary. Cole is covering an anti-nuclear protest when a shot kills local peace activist Bronson Toles. His friend, Paula Quinn, was next to Toles and the experience is devastating to her. Toles was a countercultural hero who runs the Stone Chapel, a pioneering music venue. Cole begins to investigate his background and that of Curt Chesak, coordinator for the Nuclear Freedom Front. This puts Cole and his friend, Detective Sargent Diane Woods, in harms way.

This is an absolutely excellent addition to the series. Although Deadly Cove can be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend starting earlier in the series so you can meet the characters and have some additional background information on them. Cole is back, protecting those closest to him. Additionally, DuBois provides every possible position concerning nuclear plants in the narrative and is honest enough to acknowledge that solving the mystery doesn't involve the power plant.

The writing continues to be accomplished while Cole is placed in all manner of precarious situations. His mind is sharp and his instinct are great. He needs theses skills to survive the violence and soul-searching involved in this investigation. He continues to be a sympathetic character and one that readers will root for.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Severn River Publishing via Edelweiss.

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