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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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White Throat is book #2 in the Clementine Jones series by Aussie author Sarah Thornton which can be read as a stand-alone. Clementine Jones is on a house-sitting gig in Piama when she becomes involved in helping out Helen who was a mother-figure to her when she was growing up. Helen is on a SAVE THE WHITE THROAT TURTLE mission running the Wildlife Association of The Great Sandy Straits along with a group of volunteers. But Helen’s death classified as a suicide by the Police, disturbs Clem as she hunts for the reason that caused the death of her Auntie Helen.
Clem is an accidental detective who has no formal training but who kind of blunders thru things some legal, but mostly illegal along with her friend Torrens. There are a number of suspects in Clem’s list as she uses her lawyerly skills to ferret out the truth. The Pandora’s box once opened reveals a resort development scheme, locals swindled of their hard-earned cash in one Ponzi scheme or another thus making Clem’s job tough to carry out.
Meanwhile Torrens has his own past that comes calling in the form of a gunman.
Frist few pages into the story didn’t excite me much but as Clem begins her enquiries and things become murkier, White Throat became a thrill-ride. I loved the character of Clem who refuses to lie low and accept everything as is, she’s quite determined and loyal to seek out the truth. The story also takes us to the myriad turmoil that disturbs Clementine as she finds it difficult to return to Katinga where she was given an opportunity by the townspeople after her fall from grace.
The author has beautifully woven a complex tale of corporate development against environmental concerns with a brilliant murder mystery keeping everyone on their toes. Love to follow Clementine Jones as she heads off to another adventure.
Looking out over an ebb tide from the back verandah was like watching God paint stripes…
Disgraced former lawyer Clementine Jones is on the shores of paradise—Queensland’s Great Sandy Straits—trying to outrun her past.
Bored with her house-sitting gig, she becomes a reluctant recruit to the local environmental group, campaigning to save an endangered turtle as developers close in. Then a body is found at the base of a quarry, and Clem’s world is turned upside down.
The police say suicide. Clem’s convinced it was murder. She also knows she’s the only one interested in tracking down the killer.
Well, the only one apart from her friend Torrens, ex-con and reformed standover man. And he’s got his own fight on his hands.
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