Saturday, June 22, 2013

Review: Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Author: Nora Robert
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Date of Publication: April 2013

For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore—and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home…  A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of—but never arrested for—the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife.

He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents—including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries—one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all…

Whiskey Beach is the latest offering from Ms. Roberts.  It's an enjoyable read/listen.  I listened to the audio book and really enjoyed the narrator.  The main thing that appealed to me were the characters.  I loved Eli. Any man who loved his grandmother as much as he does is a good man in my book.  He is accused of murdering his estranged wife.  He retreats to Bluff House to try to put his life back together.  I also loved Abra.  She was such a breath of fresh air.  The way she worms her way into Eli's life was very heartwarming. The peripheral characters were great and helped make the book interesting.

It wouldn't be a good Nora Roberts book without some suspense.  We actually get two mysteries in this one.  Who killed Eli's wife and who keeps digging for treasure in the basement of Bluff House?  I thought both mysteries were intriguing enough to keep my interest up.  Although, I did figure out the murderer pretty early on in the book.  The other mystery was a nice surprise and one not easy to solve.  If you are a fan of Ms. Roberts, you won't want to miss this one!

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