Nora Roberts

Whiskey Beach

"...she does manage to weave murder and intrigue into a plot with an effortless ease..."


Eli Landon had the perfect life; a beautiful wife, a wonderful house, a dazzling legal career, but suddenly his wife is brutally murdered after confessing to an affair and he becomes the prime suspect. After a year-long ordeal when nearly everyone turns against him, the case is dropped, leaving him and his world in tatters.

After having been given a push by his beloved grandmother, Eli retreats to the small-town sanctuary of Whiskey Beach and Bluff House which is her home by the sea and somewhere he'd previously loved. Bluff House has belonged to the Landon's for generations and is the perfect place for Eli to regain his strength and rediscover his first love - writing.

Along comes Abra Walsh to help him, whether he wants it or not. Nurturing, courageous and a survivor herself, she slowly draws him out of himself and as Eli heals, he begins to open his heart to her, and for the first time, dares to dream of a future. But as they take their first steps towards each other, a dangerous enemy is watching from the shadows, one who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.

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I am a fan of Nora Roberts, especially her alter ego JD Robb, but would make it clear that I don't really consider her a crime writer. Having said that she does manage to weave murder and intrigue into a plot with an effortless ease and provide an excellent romantic suspense novel. 'Whiskey Beach' is no exception. The romance between Eli and Abra is as much a part of the book as the crime, but the two are entwined beautifully; making you keep turning the pages from both perspectives. Nora has the skill of making you invest in characters and easily draws you into the tale she spins whilst keeping it sharp and edgy, drawing out the conclusion to its climax. If you really don't like romance with your crime, this book is not for you, but for those who do enjoy it and also the pleasure of well written characters making you part of their lives, then I would highly recommend it.

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