The Deep End (A Casey Holland Mystery)
Debra Purdy Kong
TouchWood Editions, Sep 23 2014, $14.95
In Vancouver, British Columbia, Mainland Security Specialist Casey Holland conducts surveillance of teen shoplifters who cleverly steal from the Gen Mart Department Store. Her task is to follow them, but not to confront them. Instead, the thieves mark her and attack her though she has no idea how they knew she was undercover.
Even with help from her boyfriend-roommate Lou, Casey also struggles with the behavior of her thirteen going on thirty years old ward Summer, whose mother is in prison. Her biggest concern for the young teen is Summer’s older slimy boyfriend.
Casey also volunteers at Fraserview Youth Custody Center. However, she is astonished when she knows one of the kids there; in trouble potentially for murder teenager Justin Sparrow, whose grandmother Amy is her friend. The facility’s manager Mac Jorgeson suffers a fatal heart attack and too coincidental to ignore soon after another person employed there also dies. Fearing for Justin’s safety, Casey investigates the deaths even while a third near fatality occurs.
The fourth Casey Holland Mystery (see The Opposite of Dark, Deadly Accusations and Beneath the Bleak New Moon) is an enjoyable tale starring a caring, nice (perhaps too nice) heroine who suffers bumps and bruises while working two violent cases. Harder for Casey than the assault on her body is the “attack” on her mind by her ward. Readers will dive into The Deep End even with no water in the pool.