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SECRET OF COFFIN ISLAND By Robin Murphy
Dr. Marie Bartek and her fiancé, Police Chief Cory Miller, have finally tied the knot.
Their wedding is interrupted, however, by the discovery of a headless corpse. While criminal investigations are Cory's milieu, Marie and her team of psychic researchers have been instrumental in solving mysteries in the past, and she has already received visions that seem to pertain to the mystery at hand.
After suffering a fatal heart attack, her mentor and friend Myra has continued her mentorship from the other side, and Marie takes comfort in her presence and guidance. Once again, Marie uses her psychic ability to lead the police in the right direction.
Are there pirates amiss, killing those who betray them... And is Captain Kidd's treasure buried on Sullivan's Island?
Secret of Coffin Island is a standalone novel.
This is the 4rd book in the SIPS Team book series. I’ve previously reviewed the 2nd story, Secret of the Big Easy. As you can see, I’ve missed books one and three, but they can be read as standalones.
I’ve always been fascinated with the paranormal since I’ve had my own encounters, and working with a research team would be awesome, though scary. This time, Marie has a vision of headless bodies, while she’s preparing for her wedding. Then, Cory gets a call about a headless body found on their own island of Folly. Normally, Marie gets visited from the other side by the victims, but this time a young girl named Isabella gets involved as she’s seeing a headless ghost. And her mother and brother think there’s something mentally wrong with her.
As more headless bodies show up, the pressure is on to find out who they are, their connection to each other , and who is killing them. Marie also has to train Isabella in her newfound psychic abilities, and then they find themselves on the hunt for Captain Kidd’s buried treasure.
As in the 2nd book I read, I was really hoping to enjoy the story. The plot has a lot going for it, but it’s the writing that throws me off. Robin has improved, but she still hasn’t learned to get into the people and their emotions. The characters are still so one dimensional. If I were facing a headless ghost, my heart would be racing, and fear would be making sweat trickle down my spine. But no, we don’t see any of that.
And the person that ended up being the villain? The only reason I didn’t guess that person, is I didn’t really see him/her in the story. They were such a bland character, I totally overlooked him/her. As with the 2nd book, it’s entertaining, but average. I give it 3 skulls.