THE DROWNED WOMAN
Book three of the Sarah Bennett series
A whisper of cold air on the back of my neck told me that my ghost had joined me. She stood by my small writing desk, holding the tablet that I had left for her to write on. When I moved close to her, she disappeared, but her writing remained, schoolroom perfect. Find the emeralds and you will discover who killed me.
Zeke’s sister-in-law, Rachel Winslow Caen, was despondent over her inability to carry a child to term, so when her body was found on Christmas Eve, 1937 drowned, her family assumed she took her own life. Now, five years later, one of the emeralds that Rachel was wearing at the time of her death has turned up at a stonecutter’s in Portland, Oregon. Zeke’s brother, Simon, who has paid off his gambling debts with funds from an unknown source, is under suspicion of murdering Rachel and taking the emeralds. The town gossips are certain that Simon’s family will influence the investigation and that Simon will get away with murder.
With troubles of their own and in need of a place to hide, Sarah and Zeke return to Zeke’s hometown and set out to clear Simon’s name. Things take a sinister turn when Rachel Caen’s ghost leads Sarah to another emerald, hidden away in the Caen house. Did one of Zeke’s family members murder Rachel? Who can Sarah trust? Sarah and Zeke pit their wits against a cunning killer who will stop at nothing to thwart them, and discover just how far someone will go for the love of family and tradition.
Set in California in 1943, The Drowned Woman (previously known as Neptune's Daughter) is a taut mystery told in the style of Mary Stewart, Dorothy Eden, and Victoria Holt, and is a poignant reminder of civilian life on the home front during the Second World War.
“I really enjoyed the story, the characters and the murder mystery as it developed. It kept me guessing and predicting as I read. I couldn’t put it down at times.“
“I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters are well developed and believable. There is just enough description as to location to allow the reader to imagine it. The mysteries are deftly handled and the suspense is held until the very end of the book. Well done! I give this book 5 stars“
“My grandfather introduced me to Agatha Christie when I was a teenager, and I have been fan ever since! I love mysteries and enjoy reading series with great characters. I think Terry Lynn Thomas is off to a great start with this series. The characters were engaging and the plot was well done. I really loved the setting i.e. California during World War II. I plan to read the rest in the series and recommend this book to anyone who loves a great whodunit.“