Sunday, May 10, 2009

COVENANT HALL by Kathryn R. Wall (Minotaur Books)

One more reason for me to love the spring of the year is the “coming” of Kathryn Wall’s new book. She has not let me down again this year for Covenant Hall hit the book stores just a few weeks ago.

I have enjoy having the privilege of reading another mystery set at one of my favorite places, Hilton Head. In this outing, Wall has used illnesses in two families to create her story—and to great advantage. In searching for a member of Joline Eastman’s family, who is desperately needed for a bone marrow transplant, PI Bay Tanner finds papers which make her believe there is also a mystery in her own family. Bay and her co-worker work diligently to find a family member for the bone transplant going from one end of Beaufort County to another and then to surrounding counties under adverse circumstances with danger always lurking.

The second illness in this novel is that of Bay’s father. Old and suffering from a stroke, Dad seems to be coming to the end of his life here on earth. In a unique way, the two plots are intertwined and Covenant Hall helps solve both mysteries. Bay’s brother-in-law and deputy sheriff Red Tanner is in on the chase and is getting closer and closer to Bay--making the reader wonder if a marriage is in the future. Wall has again succeeded in writing a fast- moving, interesting novel that those of us who read mysteries will enjoy just as much as her previous ones.

I’m already looking forward to next spring!

--Ann Schafran

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