Darkwater Secrets / by Robin Caroll. (Darkwater Inn, 1) 3.5.2019

Gilead ISBN 9781683700685

Adult Rating: 4

Award-winning author Robin Caroll returns with a new romantic suspense series set in the French Quarter in New Orleans.

In Darkwater Secrets, general manager Adelaide Fountaine keeps busy with the Darkwater Inn full of guests. She is shocked when a hotel guest is found stabbed with a kitchen knife, one with her fingerprints on it, as well as those of her coworker Dimitri Pampalon.

Detective Beau Savoie is assigned to the case–he’s known Adelaide since they were children and hidden his true feelings for her. During the investigation, he uncovers a secret from Adelaide’s past that ties her to the victim, but he is also hiding a secret from her. Will he be able to solve the case and rebuild his relationship with Adelaide? Will Adelaide end up with Beau or Dimitri, since both of them care for her and have their own secrets?

Caroll is well-acquainted with New Orleans, capturing the unique culture of New Orleans in its music, voodoo, and Mardi Gras traditions. The voodoo element is handled well, not overly emphasized. While it is part of the life around them, the main characters don’t believe in it. Tough subjects (alcoholism, prostitution, and sexual assault) are woven into the story, in the secrets of the main characters’ pasts. The main characters–Beau, Dimitri, and Adelaide–are believable and realistic, facing their spiritual challenges and relationship strains. Told from three points of view, the plot twists keep the reader guessing on the identity of the murderer. It is more of a suspense novel, with a triangle between the main characters.

Recommended for adult collections in public libraries. Fans of inspirational romantic suspense and dark mysteries will enjoy this new series.

Carol R. Gehringer, worthy2read.wordpress.com