Recovering alcoholic Bruce Kohler and his friends, computer genius Jimmy and world-class codependent Barbara, take shares in a clean and sober group house in a Long Island resort community known locally as Deadhampton. Things turn lethal when the tide washes in the body of their beautiful housemate Clea, an investigative journalist whose passions included environmental issues and more than her share of boyfriends. Soon Bruce is up to his neck in sleuthing. His housemates and the crowd staying with a clean and sober playboy in a big house on the dunes claim recovery from drug, love, and sex addictions, compulsive overeating, bulimia, and anorexia. But somebody's not abstaining from murder. As the summer heats up, secrets and lies start buzzing around this dream vacation like flies at a picnic on the beach.
"Will keep readers guessing until the end."
Crime Fiction Examiner
"Readers will enjoy the good-natured humor of the characters as well as some keen social satire."
"Read for her well-developed characters."
"Interesting characters, a complex mystery with twists and turns, and a summer on the beach to remember....Another solidly good one from the talented Elizabeth Zelvin."
Kevin Tipple on Kevin's Corner
"Zelvin writes about dependency with a sure hand and her dialogue rings true. Terrific series."
Melinda Drew on DorothyL
"A perfect vacation book! Full of heart, full of humor--this honest and believable mystery put its straight-talking characters into a real page-turner of a plot. Suspense plus insight plus compassion--equals a great read!"
Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, & Macavity winner
"Empathetic and insightful, Elizabeth Zelvin celebrates the power of recovery against the backdrop of a holiday in the Hamptons. Well-drawn characters written with verve. Zelvin knows the human heart and all its struggles."
Carolyn Hart, Malice Domestic Lifetime Achievement honoree
"The Hamptons plus a juicy murder, with the added twist of addiction and recovery--what more could the intelligent mystery reader want?"
Rhys Bowen, multiple Anthony, Macavity, & Agatha winner
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