Black Current by Karen Keskinen

Black Current

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for consideration of review.

Black Current

Jaymie Zarlin is a PI in Santa Barbara, California. One morning, she gets a phone call from her friend (well. a bit more than just a friend) Zave. Zave has the info on a job- and thinks that Jaymie would be a good person for it.  Jaymie, at first, is hesitant. It’s 5:30 in the morning and who really wants to get out of bed… But a $1,000 bucks and knowing that will help pay the bills this month woos her out of bed. Jaymie arrives at The Santa Barbara Aquarium and is in for a shock. She finds a young, good looking male in the tank.. In the Jellyfish tank. His face was a mask  of pain as he’d been stung to death by the “Wasp of the Sea”. The question is: How did the boy get into the tank? Was it suicide? An accident? Or a far more sinister event?

Jaymie collects her fee- but is still troubled by the case. She feels that it’s more than an accident. So why does the boy’s grandfather want to keep the case under wraps? When Jaymie is hired by the parents of Skye- she knows that she will come up against some resistance- the police think it’s an accident, the boy’s grandfather, Dr. Steinbach, wants it to be an accident. But Jaymie knows in her gut that this is more.

While Jaymie is trying to find out what happened to Skye- someone is toying with her emotions by leaving her messages that her brother did not kill himself. Is this someone trying to distract her from the current case or was there more to her brother’s death?

With 2 cases taking up most of Jaymie’s time- does she have time to miss Mike, her police officer ex-boyfriend? Yes. Yes, she does. But does Mike miss her?


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

This is my first Karen Keskinen book- I was intrigued by the plot- a death that could be an accident, but smells of so much more. The extra theme of her brother’s suicide that could be more. The cover of the book. All appealed to me.

The story was ok- interesting at times. But sometimes I felt disconnected. Maybe, it’s because this is the 2nd book in the series and while this does stand-alone- there is some arc to the story from the previous book.

Some of the quotes I LOVED:

“But this business about the truth- I needed to be certain they meant it. Because as I knew from experience, the truth was often ugly- and cruel.”


“But I didn’t say it. Because it isn’t my job to preach the truth. My job is to uncover it.”


“Revenge. I let the word roll around in my mind. It sounded delicious, like a smooth cool drink for a parched tongue.”


So… do I recommend BLACK CURRENT? Yes!  I did enjoy the mystery- Karen took a plot that was enjoyable sounding and weaved it into a story- a story that had some good twists. Will I read another book by Karen? I’m considering it- considering reading the first book in the series, BLOOD ORANGE, which is up for a Shamus 2014 Best First PI Award.  With the dialogue and some of the best quotes- Karen does have a flair.

Are you looking for another mystery to read? Try BLACK CURRENT.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for consideration of review. The above review is my own thoughts and opinions.


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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