Death By Sunken Treasure (Hayden Kent #2)by Kait Carson

Published March 22nd 2016 by Henery Press

4.5 Stars

Synopsis: When Hayden Kent’s mentor and friend discovers her son Mike’s dead body, dressed in full scuba attire, washed up on Pigeon Key, she needs Hayden. Her paralegal and dive skills may help unravel the tragedy of Mike’s last days. He’d recently discovered a sunken Spanish galleon and rumors that he hit the mother lode ran through the Keys like wildfire.

Hayden’s dive on the treasure site uncovers gold, and clues that Mike’s death was something far more sinister than an accident. When two different wills, both signed the day Mike died, are delivered to the courthouse, the suspect list grows, as do the threats against her. The danger escalates as she tries to save herself, discover the motive, and find the killer.

My Review: This is the second book in the Hayden Kent Mystery series, but the first one I read. I was able to follow this story quite well without reading the first one, but will go back and read it as there were some references to the story that I would like to know more about.

Hayden Kent is the main character in the story. The book takes place in the Florida Keys so it is no wonder that this series revolves around deep sea diving and snorkeling. Dana, the woman who took care of Hayden after her parents died, has just found the body of her son. Based on his skill at diving, he is a salvage/treasure hunter, Dana and Hayden can not believe this was an accident. Hayden promises Dana that she will find out what happened to Mike. Hayden is a paralegal for a probate and estate planning firm and it just so happens that are handling Mike’s estate. As Hayden begins the work necessary to probate the estate, she stumbles upon another will besides the one they filed and enough inconsistencies that she needs to dig more. As she uncovers one clue after another, she begins putting herself in danger. With the help of her best friends Mallory, a lawyer, and Janice, a police officer, they keep digging and diving to find answers. I was not sure who the guilty party was until it was revealed at the end, although I did begin to have some suspicions.

The author has created characters that are very believable and likeable. The plot is well developed and also very believable. I know that this book fits the cozy mystery genre, but it is also a good mystery that anyone who likes mysteries would enjoy. The descriptions of the diving were wonderful. It made me feel like I was right there with them. There was a great pace in the story and the development of the plot. A well crafted mystery that I think anyone who likes mysteries would enjoy.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.