Permanent Sunset By C. Michelle Dorsey: Review/Giveaway

Dec 31, 2016 | 2016 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze, Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Permanent Sunset. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

Sabrina Salter used to be a weather girl, that is, until she shot and killed her husband. She’d found out he was cheating on her and fled to their summer house for some space. Hearing noises during the night, she thought the supposedly empty house was being broken into. It seems her hubby had the same idea and brought his girlfriend to the house, too. After his death, she just wanted out of the spotlight.

She and BFF Henry, started Ten Villas Rentals. They handle the rentals for ten property owners on the small island of St. John. Henry has talked her into signing on an eleventh property against her better judgement. He feels the upscale villa will add to their reputation. She thinks it’s just going to be a headache. book

The owners of the villa are the first to occupy it when Sean and Elena are to be married. There are a few complications. Gavin, Sean’s half-brother, is a royal pain. His mother, who was not invited to the wedding, is on the island, too. There are a pair of roving skinny-dippers running amok, trying out pools at unoccupied properties. They are an older couple and well, chubby. The bride wants everything to be perfect. Things are moving along until the matter of the pre-nup comes up again. Elena refuses to sign it, saying it is a reflection of how the family feels about her upbringing in poverty. She’s usually a calm person but has a total meltdown over the agreement.

The family thinks she should sign it. Sean doesn’t really care. Elena is seen wandering around in her wedding dress saying she might as well get one wearing out of it, implying that if the pre-nup is non-negotiable, so is her refusal to sign it or get married.

When no one can find Elena the next morning, Sabrina and Henry, along with Sean, start to search for her. It’s her mother-in-law-to-be who spots something out of the ordinary in the water. Sabrina manages to get Elena’s body out of the water, but it’s too late to save her. Now the question is, was it suicide or an accident?

Unfortunately, the police think it’s murder. The police officer Sabrina knows is on medical leave. The one who is investigating doesn’t like her. Gavin is making noises about Ten Villas inability to protect their properties and the inhabitants. Of course, her past is brought up too. If Sabrina wants to stay on St. John and run her ideal business, she’ll have to figure out who really killed the bride.

This is the second book in the Sabrina Salter Mystery series, No Virgin Island, the first. Sabrina is someone you’d like to know, a little awkward in social situations but willing to learn. Henry gets some off the wall ideas now and again but makes a good partner. The island—you’d want to sit and watch the ocean for hours. Just hope you don’t see the skinny-dippers in person!

To enter to win a copy of Permanent Sunset, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “sunset,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen January 7, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. While writing magazine articles to support her mystery book habit, she secretly polishes mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble and a Kindle. You can find several of Sandra’s short stories at Untreed Reads including her newest, “Arthur,” included in the anthology titled, Flash and Bang, available now. Look for Denali, in the anthology Dogs and Dragons.

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  1. I enjoyed the synopsis of the book and would like to read it. Happy New Year to all!

  2. Will put it on my TBR list for sure! Hoping I win!

  3. Enjoyed reading about the book, sounds intriguing.

  4. This sounds like a fun series and is a new-to-me author. Thank you for sharing!

  5. I’ve been to St. John so would love to read a mystery set there.

  6. Sounds very good! Would l love to read it,

  7. Another book to add to my TBR pile.

  8. Sounds like a good read.

  9. “Permanent Sunset” sounds like a totally different read than I’m used to reading. Adding to my TBR list.

  10. Appreciate the indepth review (without giving too much away). Will be on my TBR list that Stacy Juba sent. Thanks!


  12. We have a winner!


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