The New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Beach Reads delivers her next page-turner for the summer.
Letty Carnahan is in trouble. She’s on the run from New York City; she has her four-year-old niece, Maya in tow, and her sister was found dead in the entry hall of her glamorous townhome. Letty believes she knows who did it: her sister’s awful, money-grubbing ex-husband, Eli Wingfield.
Letty can't forget her sister Tara's insistence: "if anything bad ever happens to me--It's Eli. Promise me you'll take Maya and run. Promise me."
But run where? The only clue Tara has left behind is a faded magazine story about a sleepy mom-and-pop motel on Florida's Gulf Coast.
Certain that the police and Tara's ex are hot on her trail, Letty leaves her own life behind without a backwards glance, knowing she will somehow get justice for Tara, and sets out for her destination--The Murmuring Surf.
The Surf, as regulars call it, is the winter home of a close-knit but quarrelsome group of retirees and snowbirds who regard this newcomer and her adorable niece with suspicion and more than a little curiosity. There's a No Vacancy sign swinging from the neon motel marquee, but the motel's longtime owner Ava DeCurtis takes Letty in, offers her a room and eventually a job, much to the disapproval of Ava's cynical son Joe, a local police detective whose every instinct tells him that Letty is a dangerous fugitive, possibly even a kidnapper and murderer.
As Letty tries to settle into her new life and help heal Maya's trauma, she's preoccupied as her late sister's troubled past and connection to the motel are revealed, all while trying to deal with the attractive detective's unwelcome advances. Is Joe a would-be suitor? Or a cop determined to betray her confidence and put her behind bars?
The Newcomer: A Novel by Mary Kay Andrews
Published by St, Martins Press on May 4, 2021
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THE NEWCOMER by Mary Kay Andrews
In Mary Kay Andrews’ latest book, The Newcomer, Letty Carnahan finds her sister Tanya dead on the floor of her New York City townhouse and must act quickly to save her four year old niece Maya, who may have witnessed the crime. Letty remembers a recent conversation with her sister who insisted that if anything ever happened to her to take Maya, grab Tanya’s “go-bag” and run. She escapes to Treasure Island, Florida and finds The Murmuring Surf Motel. At The Surf she finds a nurturing motel manager, a ragtag group of retirement age snowbirds, and the motel manager’s attractive son, who just happens to be a detective on the local police force. As the book progresses, Letty learns her sister’s ex wasn’t the only one keeping secrets, Tanya had a few of her own.
It was interesting to read about life at these old beach side motels that were once ubiquitous in Florida but now are becoming quite rare. Letty and Maya find a real sense of family and community at The Surf that changes their lives in significant ways.
The Newcomer has mystery, family drama, humor and romance like only Mary Kay Andrews can weave together.
Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the uncorrected ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Reviewer: Christy is a school librarian in Central Ohio who loves books and those who read them. Julia’s Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband was her introduction to smart romance. She enjoys historical and contemporary romances with intelligent, capable, and sassy women. She also enjoys mysteries and thrillers along with children’s literature. Her husband and young daughter are both avid readers. They live with three rescue cats who are living their HEA all day, every day on the lap of a reader. You can follow Christy on Instagram.