Skinny Dipping With Murder: An Otter Lake Mystery by Auralee WallaceSkinny Dipping With Murder: An Otter Lake Mystery by Auralee Wallace

Skinny Dipping With Murder: An Otter Lake Mystery

byAuralee Wallace

Mass Market Paperback | March 1, 2016

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Welcome to Otter Lake, where the relaxing, restorative atmosphere is to die for.

Erica Bloom is in no rush to return to Otter Lake, the site of her mother's spiritual retreat for women. Erica met her inner goddess years ago and she's happy to have forged a new identity on her own, thank you very much. But her new-age-y, well-meaning mother is losing her grip on the business, and needs Erica's help. So she heads back to her New Hampshire hometown, where nothing much has changed-except for maybe the body in the well...

When Erica was a teenager, she fell prey to a practical joke that left her near-naked in Otter Lake's annual Raspberry Social. The incident was humiliating, but it wasn't like anyone got killed-until now. Those who were behind that long-ago prank are starting to turn up dead, and Erica's appearance in town makes her a prime suspect. To make matters worse, the town sheriff just happens to be Erica's old nemesis, Grady Forrester...who also happens to be hotter than ever. Can Erica find a way to dig up the truth-before someone digs her grave?

The first book in Auralee Wallace's Otter Lake Mystery series is a killer good time!

Auralee Wallace has played many roles in her life, including college professor, balloon seller, and collections agent. When this semi-natural blonde mother of three children (and psychiatric nurse to two rescue cats) isn't writing humorous novels about quirky characters, she can often be found pontificating about the Golden Age of ...
Title:Skinny Dipping With Murder: An Otter Lake MysteryFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.81 × 4.2 × 0.86 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:125007777X

ISBN - 13:9781250077776

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read but not exceptional I read a lot of light hearted mystery series, this one included. Erica Bloom goes back to visit her Mom after 8 years of being away, a scene in public that was humiliating for Erica and Otter Lake nicknames her Boobsie Bloom. The title of this book is from this incident. Erica is a good character, but her Mom, Summer, is Out there, very new age or hanging onto her hippie days. The retreat her Mom runs to help people, mostly women, but some men occassionally attend. Freddie her high school gay rich friend and his antics. The book finally puts a lot of answers together, but the author has her way of making the reader wait for the explanations to make sense. This makes it harder to enjoy but once I got used to her style, then I completed the book. It wasn’t one I couldn’t put down because it was really good, but I did want to finish it to see how it ended, and I was glad I did. I do not care for the Sheriff Grady at all.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An Otter Lake Mystery novel! Skinny Dipping with Murder by Auralee Wallace is An Otter Lake Mystery novel. Erica Bloom is returning home at her mother’s request. Her mother, Summer needs a favor to help save her business. Summer hosts retreats for women. The latest retreat is “Earth, Moon, and Stars” where women get in touch with a person’s inner goddess. Erica has not been home in eight years because she was the victim of a practical joke that left her feeling humiliated. The three “Fluffateers” were responsible for the prank. Tommy (leader and cousin to Grady Forrestor, local sheriff), Dickie, and Harry are the members of the group. Erica has barely unpacked her suitcase when Dickie Morrison is found dead. He is at the bottom of a well impaled on a weenie skewer (what a way to go). Sheriff Grady Forrestor immediately suspects Erica of killing Dickie. When Harry Drummond pops up dead, Erica is really in the hot seat. Erica needs to find the real killer before Grady locks her up (not that Erica would mind spending a little alone time with Grady). Who is killing off the fluffateers and why now? Looks like Erica will be sticking around Otter Lake a little longer than planned. I found Skinny Dipping with Murder to be a moronic book (just being truthful). It was just to over-the-top with nonsense to be enjoyable (at least for me). The mystery was so simple. I solved it right away (the killer was so obvious). The novel is easy to read and had a good pace (that is it for my compliments). I found Erica Bloom (the main character) to be infantile, and she had severe anger management issues. I also got tired of her admiring the local sheriff (his bulging biceps, handsome thighs, etc.). I do not believe I am the right audience for this book. I give Skinny Dipping with Murder 2 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest evaluation. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Date published: 2016-08-06

Editorial Reviews

"A delightful mystery with laugh-out-loud moments, a touch of romance, and a fun, sassy style. Readers will enjoy every moment spent in Otter Lake." --Award winning author Diane Kelly"A frolicking good time...with a heroine who challenges Stephanie Plum for the title of funniest sleuth."--New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson"Time spent with the folks in Otter Lake is well worthwhile, with writing that is witty, contemporary, and winning." --Kirkus Reviews"A wonderfully entertaining read!" - RT Book Reviews"This story has everything a reader could want- murder, mystery, a love interest, small town, and a flamboyant best friend on the side." - Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick)