A young widow, orphan and mother, Wilhelmina Anne Brown is just beginning to find some stability in her new home in Prince Edward Island when she is forced to deal with the death of her beloved uncle, Bill Darby. Darby, a Charlottetown private investigator, leaves Anne and her fourteen-year-old daughter a small savings account and his business, where Anne has worked as office manager for six years. What follows is Anne’s struggle to protect her family, find justice for her clients, and forge a new life for herself in this page-turning thriller. Available in Canada at Amazon.ca, Indigo! and Bookmark. Available in the USA at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BAM!
Killings at Little Rose
In a coastal village where what’s been buried doesn’t stay buried, what’s lost at sea doesn’t stay lost.
Sleuth Anne Brown finds herself in an eastern PEI fishing community, working undercover for the new owner of a seafood-processing plant plagued by vandalism, loss, and ill luck. The community around Little Rose Harbour has been shocked by the discovery of old, secret remains of a baby, and all their entangled secrets are coming to the surface.
On the cusp of a clandestine love affair and herself keeping secrets, Anne must sort through gossip, rumours, and lies—and dodge the menace of violence—to uncover the canker at the core of Little Rose.
But will she learn in time to prevent the mystery from becoming motive for murder?
Available in Canada at Amazon.ca, Indigo! and Bookmark. Available in the USA at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BAM!
“…The book’s best feature is Brown, who is worthy of a sequel. She leads a charmed life and we, in turn, are enchanted by her.”
– The Chronicle Herald
“…a thrilling novel by Finley Martin. Set in Charlottetown, PEI this is a ‘can’t-put-it-down’ addition to your ‘must read’ list.”
–Sea and Be Scene
“The Reluctant Detective starts with a literally chilling situation, and seldom lets up before the end.”
“…a picture of PEI more resembling Batman’s Gotham City than Anne Shirley’s Avonlea.”
–The Eastern Graphic
“…a good series of twists and turns. An enjoyable book.”
–Mysteries in the Woods
“…this small in stature, thirty-something, mild-mannered office manager morphs into a smart, savvy and daring private eye.”
–Mystery Maven Canada
“…the first mystery I have seen set in the Prince Edward Island capital, which is growing fast and has all the problems of a bigger city.”
–The Star Phoenix