Come Helen High Water
by Susan McBride
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
Helen Evans returns in Susan McBride's fourth River Road Mystery!
Spring has sprung, the river is rising, and when Luann Dupree, the head of River Bend's Historical Society, vanishes into the night everyone in town is convinced she's run off with her Internet Romeo. But her lifelong friend, Sarah Biddle, is convinced Luann is the victim of foul play. No one believes her-not even her husband, the local sheriff, so she turns to Helen Evans for help.
As River Bend's resident puzzle-solver, Helen's tackled many a local mystery before. So she agrees to help Sarah, even though she's not so sure herself that Luanne is really in trouble. But as the town's flood waters slowly recede, dead fish and muck aren't the only things Helen finds. She begins to uncover town secrets, false identities…and the very real chance that Luanne might not be discovered alive…
“It’s never too late in life to have a genuine adventure.”
Lu thought of the quote from an author whose book about pirates she’d devoured. When had she experienced a genuine adventure? When had she just thrown caution to the wind and let go?
She felt like all she did was dig into the past and discover other people’s adventures. But what she did mattered, she reminded herself. Uncovering the past and telling its stories was important for future generations. What she left behind as director of the Historical Society—the artifacts, the books, letters, diaries, and photographs—they lived on. They were her progeny.
Maybe it wasn’t the same as having a family and raising children to unleash on the world, but it had to be enough.
With a sigh, she hesitated in front of the antique hall tree that sat inside a small foyer just off the main entrance. She stared at her weary face in the mirror and attempted a smile.
Her chin-length bob looked disheveled. Her eyes were puffy and underscored by melted mascara. Her lipstick hadn’t lasted through her third martini, much less one passionate kiss.
She had turned into a lightweight in her middle age, she decided. She used to be able to handle her liquor without having to be put to bed like a child. Try as she might, she could hardly remember a thing from the night before beyond sitting at the bar and flirting with her newfound beau. It was a very good thing that he had been such a gentleman, or she could have ended up in dire straits.
“You’re not very adept at playing the party girl,” she told herself and winced.
She was already dreading having to entertain the volunteers who would show up at the Historical Society later that morning. Perhaps she’d stay in bed and put a Do Not Disturb sign on the locked front door. Still, she had her doubts that they’d go away. Most of the townsfolk she dealt with were hardly the mousy live-and-let-live types. They were kind, yes, but bossy and prone to interfering in everyone else’s business.
SUSAN MCBRIDE is the USA TODAY bestselling author of Blue Blood, the first of the Debutante Dropout Mysteries. The award-winning series also includes The Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, The Lone Star Lonely Hearts Club, Night of the Living Deb, and Too Pretty to Die. She’s also the author of The Truth about Love & Lightning, Little Black Dress, and The Cougar Club, all Target Recommended Reads. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and daughter.
Susan will be awarding a print copy of the book to two randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour (US only).