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Clearwater Blues


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A domestic story about a callous husband and an FBI agent who has to battle her guilt.

Marsha O' Shea is in a dark place and drowning her sorrows. She has fled Philadelphia because of an incident from the past. Her career is a disgrace. Little is known about her troubled past. Her outlook is bleak. Until The FBI agent is given a place to stay and a job by her friend Charlie. He lives next door to the Teesdales. Jessalyn Teesdale has a broken washer and she needs a new one. She discovers her husband Willis's excessive spending. Their daughter Briana is a witness to another of their quarrels. The tension between the couple set in immediately. Willis doesn't care about the finances. His wife wants to work on the issue. There are hints of domestic violence. As for O'Shea, her goal is to avoid using the bottle as a crutch. She is determined to get back into the career she loves. With no official job, she gets into private investigation.

Allow me to mention the typos. There were a few and some sentences were repeated. As for delivering on the premise, Hoda did that. He built this world on what goes in the mind of a deranged person. He was despicable from beginning to end. I felt it uncomfortable because it was chillingly familiar. I didn't understand halfway through the book why it was focused on Willis. When the realization set in, it didn't escape was what was going to go down. It happened but it didn't lessen the fear. I was lost on the part about the gun shows, but I know that is something normal for the town. It's tricky because I thought Willis was well fleshed but it could have been more about Marsha. I can't promise a page-turner but it's still a good read. It was a story that needs to be told. I think readers who enjoy strong female leads will enjoy Clearwater Blues.

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I am a reader of a few genres but I have a particular fondness for the psychological thriller. I am comfortable reading about dark topics. I usually find my next read from random online discoveries. I usually rotate between reading a few books.

Clearwater Blues

About the author

John A. Hoda is a real-life PI whose cases have headlined in the Philadelphia. Inquirer and New Haven Register. He is the creator of the FBI agent Marsha O’Shea series. He podcasts at My Favorite Detective Stories where he interviews best-selling and award-winning crime fiction authors. view profile

Published on March 02, 2021

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

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Genre: Mystery & Crime

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