The River Killings
The River Killings
A Zoe Hayes Mystery
By Merry Jones
Minotaur Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780312998639, 320pp.
Publication Date: November 27, 2007
Merry Jones delivers a novel of page-turning suspense as it "plunges headlong to a breathtaking conclusion" (Masters Rowing Association)... "Jones keeps the plot zipping along." ---Publishers Weekly While on vacation, divorced Philadelphia art therapist Zoe Hayes decides to take a sculling class on the Schuylkill River with her best friend, Susan--just for fun. One evening, while their children watch from the riverbank, Zoe rows off with Susan to practice for an upcoming regatta.... "A thoughtful and complex heroine." ---Faye Kellerman When Susan's oar catches on some flotsam (which turns out to be a woman's dress), the boat flips, and the two friends find themselves in deep waters with not just one but an entire throng of floating bodies. Someone along Boathouse Row is a murderer, but who could it be? "Fast-paced...engaging." ---Booklist After Zoe argues with the enigmatic Detective Nick Stiles, who happens to be her boyfriend, she and Molly head out to the river at night in search of clues. There, Zoe uncovers a sinister plot that she and Molly might not be able to stop...or escape.
"Outstanding . . . Zoe is a delightful character that you will find yourself caring about. Fast-paced, fun and at times a bit chilling, this is a great novel to curl up with on a wintry night."
- Tri-City Herald (Washington)
"Tantalizing. Jones's delightfully drawn characters really stand out and make this a noteworthy read. Compelling and empathetic . . . memorable and well written . . . If you have yet to read this series, you're missing out on a great addition to the genre. Its charming characters combined with a gently humorous and natural approach to story telling make this series one to watch."
- New Mystery Reader
"A fascinating heroic character . . . a fine amateur sleuth-police procedural. Readers will want Zoe and Nick to return as stars of future Philadelphia mysteries."
- Midwest Book Review
"Jones keeps the plot zipping along at a fast pace. . . . The best is probably yet to come."
- Publishers Weekly
"Wonderful, suspenseful . . . one's heart races as the book plunges head-long to a breathtaking conclusion."
- Masters Rowing Association
"The mystery supplies strong sense of place. This is a fast-paced, engaging story with a likable main character."
"Plenty of nonstop action and suspenseful plot twists . . ."
- Library Journal