Title: The Newcomer
Author: Mary Kay Andrews
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
“If anything bad happens to me . . . it’s Evan.”
Letty and her four year old niece, Maya are on the run after she found her sister Tanya dead on her NYC townhouse floor. Letty is certain she knows who did it: Tanya’s ex and Maya’s dad, Evan, a sleazy rich real estate investor.
Letty takes her sister’s packed “go bag” of cash, a diamond ring and a magazine article for a vintage sleepy mom-and-pop motel in Florida. The Murmuring Surf Motel is full of shuffleboarding, bingo playing regulars that dub Letty The Newcomer. Boy are some of these guests a hoot! I was LOL’ing frequently!
The Murmuring Surf Motel turns out to be the perfect place for Letty to catch her breath and figure out her next move. There she meets and befriends the owner Ava and her children Isabelle and Joe. Joe just happens to be the local cop and might be suspicious of Letty. But his instincts tell him to follow his heart instead.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was my first Mary Kay Andrews book and it won’t be my last! I really enjoyed it! My only complaints is it felt a tad long at times, having not one but two mysteries and a side love story! At times as a reader I felt unsure of it’s genre identity-- women’s fiction, contemporary, mystery, domestic suspense, comedy, romance. It was a little bit all over the place! But, that's just my personal preference as a reader.