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  • Female PI in Michigan

    REVIEW Girl Under Water by L.T. Vargus Detective Charlotte Winters #2 Charlie Winters has a new assistant and a new case. She is hoping her uncle Frank will get good feedback from his oncologist and is eager to find a good way to care for her mother while she works in her uncle’s place at A1 Investigations. Meeting Charlie in book one I found the conversations she had with her sister, missing twenty years and presumed dead, interesting. I just reviewed my previous review and was reminded that Charlie left a job elsewhere to return too Michigan and was conflicted about that move. As in book one, the prologue sets the stage for the case Charlie will be working on and within the first chapter or so we meet the main characters and potential killer. What I liked: * Charlie: seemed intelligent, focused, and a good person. She cared about her mother and uncle and…heard the voice of her long gone sister. * Frank: didn’t see much of him but did like Charlie’s uncle and hope to se more of him in book three. * The way the story was presented…the time line and slow presentation of tidbits was intriguing * Who Charlie called on for assistance – would like to hear more about Zoe, Mason and Paige in future books * That it is set in Michigan * The way Charlie pursued the case * That I was not sure who the killer was till near the end – and then there was a twist * The other twist, or two, or more…hmm… * That the killer was revealed and dealt with * knowing there will be another book to look forward to and hoping to learn more about the cast of characters in book three. What I didn’t like: * Knowing that family dynamics can be “bad” and that dysfunctional families exist as they did in this book. * The lengths some of the characters went to for the reasons they thought were justifiable * Having to wait to read book three…am curious. Did I like this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars

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  • Great Mystery

    Thanks to #Netgalley #Bookouture and the authors for the opportunity to read "Girl Under Water", the second book in the Charlie Winters Investigations series in return for a fair and honest review. Having recently read the first book in the series - and enjoyed it very much - I jumped at the chance to read "Girl Under Water" (and, she does spend quite too much time under water in this one, through no fault of her own). When "Dutch" Carmichael dies of a supposed accident in his palatial estate, the family discovers that a large portion of their inheritance seems to be missing. So they hire Charlie Winters to a) find out what happened to the missing millions and b) to maybe discover just who it was who knocked Dutch on the head and pushed him down a flight of stairs. Was it one of his large brood - Marjory, Brandon, Jude, Gloria or Dara? Gloria Carmichael really wants to know, and she wants to know what happened to the estate. But, mere minutes after calling Charlie to say she'd discovered something sordid in her family, Gloria meets an untimely and bloody death practically right in front of Ms. Winters' eyes. Was it one of the family? And why? Things take a darker turn when Charlie is forced off the road and into the water by what appears to be the exact same car that did for Gloria? And then, another of the family attempts suicide. The story barrels right along (and Charlie's twin sister is along for the ride again) from peril to peril and from discovery to discovery to the ultimate climax and a solution to everything. Oh, and Uncle Frank is coming back! So stay tuned for the further adventures of Winters Investigations. All in all, a great addition to the series and highly recommended.

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  • Quite an enjoyable Private Investigator read!

    "Girl Under Water” by L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain was quite an enjoyable read! I was sucked right into the distracting world of family drama, greed, and mystery! I won't waste anyone's time going into the book summary; the book’s blurb/description does a rather fine job of that. While this is book two in a series, it absolutely can be read as a standalone. ’An absolutely unputdownable and gripping crime thriller.’ That tagline sure does stand up to its claims. ”Girl Under Water” was fast-paced and action-packed, filled to the brim with twists and turns - most of which I did not see coming! Those final reveals were both disturbing and jaw-dropping. Detective Charlotte Winters's character was a nice change of pace. After being contacted to take on a case, she throws herself full force into the investigation, fighting for the truth, and ultimately the lives of all involved as everyone's secrets come sinking down, one by one. I appreciated how this book, this series, is told from a private investigator’s perspective. Additionally, Charlie's scenes with her mother made her character feel realistic, easier to connect to; after all, don't we all struggle with family from time to time? Luckily Charlie’s ongoing mental conversations with her long-deceased twin sister Allie habitually come at just the right time, providing some much-needed comedic relief! Of course, I can't forget to mention Vivien Marley - she was a hoot! You'll see why when you get there! I'm looking forward to reading the first book in this series, ”First Girl Gone,” and hopefully the next! I'd happily recommend this to my fellow crime thriller fans! Many thanks to NetGalley, the authors L.T. Vargus & Tim Mcbain, and the publishers at Bookouture for my copy.

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  • An entertainig read

    'Girl Under Water' is detective Charlie Winters journey for finding the will of a dead Billionnaire Dutch carmicheal. This takes her on a more sinister journey leading to discovery of secrets, lies, and affairs and something much bigger. His eldest daughter Gloria hires Charlie to uncover her father's missing will. This leads Charlie to meet the Carmichael siblings each with a mystery. She has this feeling of something not right in the family and suddenly, her client meets with an accident right in front of Charlie's eyes. She just determines to follow the clues and wants to make right the death of father and daughter by solving the mystery. The story is a part of the Charlie Winter series by the authors but can very well read as a standalone. The story is intricate and nothing is seemingly as is, Along with the case, Charlie is also preoccupied with her mother's illness. I liked Charlie's character and her personality. Even more lovable is Allie, her twin sister who apparently talks to her in her head. their banter is fun and insightful The case progresses along with other parallel stories of Paige, her secretary and her uncle's illness. The case per se presents a lot of red herring and I found it difficult to guess the actual story till the end. The language is easy to understand, with a lot of descriptions. I felt the ending got a bit stretched out. All in all I enjoyed the story I would recommend this book to all those who like mystery thrillers with a female lead detective with a quirky guardian angel for a sister. i thank Bookouture and Netgalley for approving my request to read the book and the opinions expressed are my own.

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  • An addictive crime thriller

    Our determined private detective Charlie Winters, is driven to catch the bad guy more than most. Still haunted by her sister’s death, she is compelled to uncover the Carmichael’s family secrets, not just to solve Gloria’s murder, but to prevent anybody else from being hurt. There is just one thing, can she save herself in time to do it? Girl Under Water is the second instalment in the Charlie Winters series and is another thrilling addition to it. Whilst it can be read as a standalone, I do encourage you to read the first book, First Girl Gone, not just to gain knowledge of Charlie’s background etc, but also because it is another great read. Full of complexities, Charlie is a loveable character and has been added to my already long list of favourite female leads! This is a testament to the authors, who have masterfully created a strong and relatable woman. They really do just bring her to life perfectly. Girl Under Water is a gripping page turner that kept me reading long into the night. A thrilling read that is both dark and humorous, in the form of Charlie’s sister Allie who’s voice she hears, which provides some lighter moments. This really is a great series and I can’t wait for the next instalment.

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