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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Binnacle Bay is a police procedural mystery written by S.C. Harker. Pat, the Binnacle Bay Chief of Police, has been called out to investigate a possible shooting at Gus and Sasha Murdock’s house on Sea Strand. When he arrives, a dog is barking and no one answers the door. From the back of the house, however, he can see Gus lying there on the floor by the fireplace. Sasha, a freelance investigative reporter and Pat’s ex-girlfriend, is missing and her car is not in the couple’s garage. Mayor Logan Butler, the neighbor who reported the disturbance, is convinced that Sasha killed Gus, but Pat feels there’s something else going on, based on the note that Sasha left him.
S.C. Harker’s police procedural, Binnacle Bay, is a marvelously introspective and absorbing mystery. It’s filled with the sound and fury of the rocky shoreline and the restless ocean, and the regrets and questions Pat has to deal with in trying to uncover the truth about Gus’s death and Sasha’s disappearance. Pat’s not alone in his hunt as Murphy, the dog he found barking at the scene, becomes his friend and companion during the investigation. Police procedurals are my favorite type of mystery story and Binnacle Bay was a delight to read.
I enjoyed following Pat as he interacted with his force and the other agencies involved in the case, and seeing how he dealt with the almost claustrophobic closeness of the small town of Binnacle Bay, where every move he made seemed to be instantly broadcast throughout the village. Binnacle Bay is brooding, atmospheric and very moving. It’s also an excellent police procedural that had me guessing till the very end. Binnacle Bay is highly recommended.