Death in Delmarva by Caroline Taylor
Thank you JKS for shooting me a copy of this one! All opinions are my own!
This was honestly one of those super quick, easy to read, entirely interesting books that you can devour fast and dirty. I wasn't 100% sure what to expect when I picked it up, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself in the middle of a modern day whodunit with a female lead character who is as relatable as she is fun.
I love that Daphne's character is just an everyday kind of woman who ends up in the middle of some slightly crazy scenarios - but who is in the middle of them as an everyday kind of woman who doesn't suddenly develop CIA level super spy powers just because she says she will try to find a missing woman. Instead she uses the legit tools at her disposal (including her friends posing as pest inspectors) to try to get to the bottom of the case. I LOVED this about the book, in part because I genuinely get frustrated at books where the reader is supposed to believe that a random normal person gets drawn into some sort of mystery case, and suddenly is capable of solving it using skills and resources that they would never have access to. That level of unbelievable has ruined many a book for me.
Which is why Caroline keeping this one steeped completely in a believable level of skills makes it much more interesting to read. I was completely engaged in Daphne trying to figure out several of the mysteries that surrounded her - while she remained the exact same person who was down to earth and not entirely sure why anyone thought she would be capable of helping solve these issues. That she doubted herself gave me MORE faith in her character somehow.
But that is about all I will say, because mysteries should never have spoilers. I will say that if you are looking for a fun, light, easy to read mystery, this is the book for you. Perfect for summer reading.
Daphne Dunn works as a lowly stockroom clerk in her cousin’s Foggy Bottom grocery store. She’s also required to play bill collector to customers who aren’t paying for their food, including pregnant Beatriz Cabeza de Vaca, who used to keep house for Daphne’s family in better times.
When Beatriz is stabbed to death outside her apartment, Daphne learns the baby has survived and sets out to find the baby’s missing father. She gets sidetracked when a friend facing life-threatening surgery asks Daphne to locate his sister, Charlie. Except for the lip ring and a nasty drug habit, Charlie could be Daphne’s twin. The search for both people leads Daphne to the Delmarva Peninsula and a woman so desperate to cover her crimes against undocumented workers that she will kill anyone in her way, including Charlie and quite possibly the girl’s mirror image, Daphne Dunn.