A woman with a small gift of psychometry (the ability to see past events when touching an object) stumbles upon a dead body in the lake. Due to her gift, she knows that the person was murdered, even though the police are trying to claim it was an accident. Follow this tale of woven lies, deception and betrayal to get to the bottom of it all.
For plot, I give the story an A+ (9). The author does a very good job of character development in a short story (less than 20 chapters), giving us enough of a back story for the main characters to flesh them out nicely. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end, so that the story does not get overly predictable.
For technical score, an Outstanding 10. There were a few very small errors, but they numbered less than one per chapter that I recall.
For appeal, an A (8). I can see this story appealing to a reader of romance and mystery novels. I enjoyed reading it, but it is not a book I would read again. I would, however, enjoy reading more books/stories with this same main character. It was fun reading about her adventures (and misadventures) as she stumbled along through this story.
Simply outstanding. This story has more twists and turns than Palomar Mountain Road.
Candy Kane (not a stripper) has a unique gift. It could get her in trouble or make life interesting or both. Then you have "the boy her mother warned her about" back in town. Add a bit of murder, cheating wives, and sunken treasure and you have a pretty good story going for you.
I put this as a must read from the Wine Maker.