After shooting a fellow police officer, CW McCoy surrenders her gun, her badge, and her confidence. Moving to Southwest Florida to care for her ailing grandfather, CW swears off violence until a fugitive kidnaps her family, and she is forced to decide which side of the law she is on. Set in the Tony Beach town of Spanish Point during the height of the tourist rush, Peak Season marks the debut of an investigator confronting the most dangerous enemy of all...her own fears.
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All in all, a great start to what promises to be an interesting, fun series
Peak Season introduces Candace CW McCoy, an ex-cop, who gave up her job after she was forced to shoot a fellow policeman. She now lives with her grandfather "Pap" and is selling real estate in the tourist mecca of South Florida.
Accused of stealing millions from his investors, Bobby Lee Darby was presumed dead until he appears in CW's office demanding she prove his innocence. When CW declines, he kidnaps Pap forcing her into action. Aided and supported by a great cast of characters from her widowed friend Walter and his dog, to Oz, the nerdy but pretty hot IT guy, CW sets out to uncover the mystery of the missing money and to find her grandfather who requires constant care. As bodies start turning up, the local detective also starts showing an interest in CW and her involvement in the case.
Peak Season was a thoroughly entertaining cozy mystery with a likable protagonist who loves motorcycles, country music and has several potential love interests. She was an excellent character helping out an old lady who was feeding the Florida wildlife as well as her neighbor, a single Mum and cop who was having problems with her ex-husband. My only minor criticism, I found it hard to believe how calm and collected CW remained after her ailing grandfather was kidnapped, setting time aside to go out, have drinks and carry on with all sorts of other things. She was a bit too leisurely and laid-back considering the circumstances.
The author's descriptions and insights into the South West Florida setting were really interesting and provided another, completely different side to the book. Overall, a really good mystery that kept you guessing to the end interlaced with humor and sharp dialog.
The narration by Pamela Almand was excellent. She was a really good fit for the character of CW, and I was very impressed by her distinct and very authentic male voices. She had a great range of different voices and provided a clear and lively narration that was superb fun to listen to. There were no issues with the production.
All in all, a great start to what promises to be an interesting, fun series, and I look forward to finding out what Jeff Widmer has in store for CW in the future.
Audiobook provided for review by the narrator.
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