After almost dying during her confrontation with the rogue cop, O’nan, who tried to frame her for the murder of a competitor, Josiah Reynold’s daughter, Asa, spirited her to Key West for treatment and rehabilitation. Nine months later, accompanied by Jake, a bodyguard/physical therapist, Josiah is back at her home in Lexington, KY, and trying to pick up the pieces of her tattered life. When a friend asks her help in finding out what actually happened to her nephew who drowned under mysterious circumstances, she has more added to her efforts to recover. To add to her troubles, there is the distinct possibility that O’nan didn’t drown when he fell into the river, and that he’s still obsessed with getting revenge against her.
Death by Drowning by Abigail Keam is the second in the Josiah Reynolds cozy mystery series. It picks up with Josiah’s efforts to find out what really happened to her friend’s nephew. Along the way, we learn more about her enigmatic daughter and Josiah’s past, and there’s a little added love interest as Josiah and Jake’s relationship develops.
If you haven’t read the first book in the series, parts of this story are hard to follow, but it is still a compelling mystery. It ends of a cliffhanger that’s a bit unfair. Josiah learns that O’nan is still alive and after her—but, if you didn’t read book one, you’ll probably be wondering why. It would’ve helped to repeat that bit of information.
I received this book as a gift. I give this one four stars.