Bantam Dell Publishing
978-0-553-90226-6 (Electronic) & 978-0-440-24274-1 (Trade Paperback)
Since I really enjoyed the first book, I had to read the second one as soon as possible. Deep Blue Alibi by Paul Levine is a mystery like no other. The characters are hilarious, touching and entertaining. Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord together really set this series up for the readers' pleasure and entertainment. It also leaves you wondering, "What will they think of next?"
Although her partnership and relationship with Steve Solomon are fairly new, Victoria Lord wants to spread her wings a little, and when Hal Griffin, a long-time family friend, contacts her with a business deal, she may just get her opportunity to go solo; professionally, and possibly, personally.
However when his boat comes ashore in Florida, she gets more than she bargained for. Hal is unconscious, with one hundred grand in cash, and a dying man on aboard. After Steve and Victoria leave the hospital, they find out that the other man died, and Hal will be charged with murder. Ben Stubbs was an EPA official who would have the final say on the building project Hal is working on. Now Hal wants Victoria to defend him and clear his name.
Steve tries to take over the case and it leads to him being fired, and puts Victoria in closer contact to Junior, Hal's son. Junior is one of Victoria's early loves. It was always thought by the parents that they would one day grow up and marry each other. However, never say never. It could happen, with the physical attraction they still have for each other.
While trying to look for the proof to save Hal, Victoria uncovers long hidden family secrets wrapped up in her father's suicide. Meanwhile, Steve attempts to discover the truth behind his father's resignation from the Florida Judicial bench. In doing so, he uncovers his own supply of family secrets.
Deep Blue Alibi is great for mystery fans everywhere. It is one that will keep you guessing throughout. Though not as funny as the first book in this series, it holds its own. I may have not been a die-hard mystery fan before this but I will be now.
Reviewed By: Tammy Adams