Terror in the Tank
read ... Recommended ... 5 stars
Writer Madaline Ascot has a deadline,
an editor pressuring her to get her manuscript to him and she
does not need any interruptions. Interruptions she has aplenty.
When Madaline learns her old friend and former boss has been
killed in a shark attack in his own aquarium shark tank she cannot
believe her ears. Dillion Ricter a distraught aquarium employee
soon appears at Madaline's door. Peter Collins and his group
of partners have owned the aquarium for years. Madaline knows
there is no way Peter would take any chances around the sharks.
Robert Warren, Peter's careless shark handler nephew is a likely
suspect, after all he and Peter were arguing not long before
the attack, Peter threatened to fire him and now Robert has gone
missing. Dillion Ricter has been caring for the sharks since
Robert's disappearance. Madaline too worked at the aquarium back
in her teenaged days. She has known Dillion for years and knows
she is becoming attracted to him.
When old flame Detective Jim
Thomas appears to accept the obvious and not look further Madaline
sets out to try to discover just what did take place to cause
Peter's death. Before long Madaline is horrified to discover
that she may have found the proof that she may have fallen in
love with a murderer. Adding to the confusion Marie, Peter's
widow also turns up dead. That there is more to the story than
either an acrimonious or ambitious employee behind the deaths
is something Madaline determines to uncover. Her investigation
leads Madaline to discovering more chicanery than she had supposed
at work and finds a motive tinged with little more than simple
greed at the root of all the misery wrought by the murderer.
"Terror in the Tank"
is another in a growing group of nicely crafted works by writer
Moore. From the opening lines right down to the final paragraph
the reader's interest is held fast in this gripping tale filled
with a fine cast of players, hard hitting dialogue, complicated
cleverly designed milieu, unanticipated twist and conniving machinations.
"Terror in the Tank" couples a burgeoning romance with
clever investigative talent as Madaline Ascot moves forward in
her quest to locate the murderer and the reason for the death
of an old friend.
Author Moore is growing as a
writer; within the covers of "Terror in the Tank" conflict
is plentiful and fittingly unraveled. Settings are described
in enough detail to bring the reader right into the scene. Moore
presents just enough romantic moments to tickle the fancy of
those who hope for a bit romance with their conundrum, but not
so many that the unraveling of the puzzle is lost. I found Madaline
Ascot a particularly enjoyable character. She is a very human
character facing life in general and deadlines in particular
with about the same upsets and turmoil as most of us seem to
experience. Writer Moore presents a page turner not to be missed.
Watch the red herrings, Moore is learning to use them well.
Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend.