THE VALUE OF DISCRETION by T.K. Hatfield

THE VALUE OF DISCRETION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A seaside mystery helps a grieving investigator get back in the game.

Sixty is the new sexy in Hatfield’s second mystery featuring Carla Harper (Tumbling in the Downdrift, 2013). Many of the beautiful Gulf-front homes in the planned community of Seaside are owned by wealthy semiretired men “and their current wives (at least second, and in some cases third).” Hollis Tyler is one of those men, and Alicia’s one of those current wives. The two have a standing Friday afternoon appointment on their patio to get frisky al fresco with their masseuses, one an athletic blonde with “a cute pout” and the other, “a tall, muscular, ebony carving.” After an anonymous sender mails the Tylers photos of their sensual senior moments, Alicia enlists Carla to track down the mysterious peeping shutterbug. Retired from the Coast Guard, Carla now heads a small security consulting business that occasionally conducts investigations. She and her late husband ran the enterprise, but since Marty’s recent death, Carla hasn’t totally committed to being back at the company’s helm, instead dwelling on her loss and spending time on her sailboat and at her beach cottage. But this new case, and another involving a wealthy teenage girl gone missing while on spring break in Barbados, gives her a renewed sense of purpose. Hatfield can bring the funny—“Carla was definitely carrying the ball, and at that hour of the morning she wasn’t carrying it that far”—and the crude: “Carla would have given her left boob for a pair of binoculars at that moment.” Often, however, the information supplied, though interesting, doesn’t advance the story, and the narrative view, primarily third person, occasionally switches to second-person mode: “[Y]ou are first struck breathless by the gorgeous vista.” Nevertheless, Hatfield’s description of the vista of Navarre Beach, Florida, is so vivid that you just might envy Carla, enjoying the white sand, the blue-green water and a local haunt’s fresh-baked cinnamon rolls the “size of her head.”


An easy-reading mystery with a focus on “seniors with benefits.”
Pub Date: June 25th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1497336919
Page count: 166pp
Publisher: CreateSpace
Program: Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2014




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