Secret of the Jetty

The SoCal Sleuths

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
239 Pages
Reviewed on 11/24/2020
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Author Biography

Somehow I had to find the perfect setting for my new mystery novel. I conducted my search by walking up and down the distinctive beaches that dot North Coast San Diego, perusing each one, over the course of several months.

Finally, one day, while standing on top of one of the twin jetties at South Ponto Beach, I realized it was the ideal location for the compelling story I had in mind. With the sweeping view of the ocean, the channel between the jetties that leads to a lagoon, plus the configuration and varied dimensions of the rocks, this spot provided the precise staging needed for my plot.

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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Secret of the Jetty: The SoCal Sleuths, Book 1 is a sleuth mystery novel written by Rina Torri. Peggy, Barb, and Cassie were enjoying an early morning stroll along South Ponto Beach in Carlsbad when Peggy was stunned by the sight of a woman surrounded by rocks on the jetty. She was wearing a silvery dress that made her look as if she were made of metal herself. Barb began clambering over rocks to get a closer look, and she was able to ascertain that the woman with long coppery blond hair was indeed very dead. While they waited for the authorities to arrive after calling 911, the three women decided to study the scene a bit. Cassie found an amazing and very expensive spiked-heel shoe on the rocks of the jetty and wondered how anyone could even attempt to wear them on the jetty. Peggy found its mate on the woman’s body, and they realized that they were at the scene of a murder -- one they wanted to solve. There was too much going on here for the three of them to resist doing a bit of investigation themselves, even if it might get a bit awkward or even dangerous as they interviewed suspects and learned about the mysterious woman on the rocks.

Rina Torri’s Secret of the Jetty is a marvelous sleuth mystery that keeps the reader guessing as the three sleuths work alongside a journalist and the police to solve the mystery of the dead woman on the jetty. What better sleuths could you ask for than a reference librarian, an English teacher, and a nurse practitioner? The reader just has to know from the distinguished backgrounds of the trio that their investigative powers will be prodigious -- and they are. I loved following them as they used their collective talents to search for the killer and enjoyed rummaging through the collection of red herrings the author tosses into the mix. There’s also a bit of romance to go along with the sunny shores of northern San Diego and the awfulness of a cold-blooded murderer. In her mystery novel Secret of the Jetty, Torri blends authentic and credible characters with a plausible and hard-to-solve mystery. It’s most highly recommended.

Gretchen M. Ashton

Gretchen M. Ashton, Editor, FitDiver Magazine and Fitness Editor, CA Diver Magazine
5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistable Characters, Excellent Read
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2020
Secret of the Jetty is an alluring story. Irresistable characters spark anticipation and lead the unexpecting reader to questions that stir suspicions and answers that linger with intrigue.

Donna D. Cunningham

I just finished reading this mystery novel. I loved it!! It was a page turner for sure. I loved that it was clean, no language issues, good principles brought out but without any "preaching" It was pure enjoyment and I can hardly wait for the next in the series.

Chelsea Adair

Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020
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Loved this book and I really appreciate that it is a fun and exciting quick read. Kudos to the author :) I a local to San Diego and it was pretty awesome this story took place in my home town! 5 stars!