Freelance reporter Darcy Farthing seems to be a magnate for trouble because she can’t help involving herself in other people’s problems, and her associates have plenty of those. She boards a luxury cruise ship for a trip to beautiful Australian seaports with family and friends, where a baffling murder mystery challenges her investigative skills. The crimes begin when a small town Kansas woman traveling with a class reunion tour group is plagued by an attack of yellow crazy ants—a dangerous invasive species—as well as an illness caused by mysterious food-borne bacteria, and the odd cancellation of an onshore tour. The bizarre but relatively minor incidents escalate when the ants injure more passengers and crew members. Soon, a frightening death on the streets of Adelaide and attempted murders on board the ship threaten to cause panic. It is obvious that a crew member or passenger is targeting individuals, but who is it, and why?
Meanwhile, Darcy is distracted by daughter Rachael’s uncharacteristic behavior and intense friendship with a charismatic passenger. Reluctant to make waves, Darcy tries to suppress her concerns. She turns her full attention to the crimes when evidence is found in her friend Brooks’s stateroom and the security chief names him as the sole suspect. Brooks is clearly innocent, but the chief is inexplicably reluctant to conduct a more thorough investigation to clear him. Then Darcy’s best friend, Sid, who is also Brooks’s fiancé, becomes the latest victim and it becomes clear that the crimes relate to something very close to home. Clue by clue, with husband Mick’s help Darcy uses her skills to reveal a homicidal master of disguise and world class computer hacker intent on exacting revenge related to a twenty-year-old crime with a shocking link to Darcy and friends.
Other books in the Darcy Farthing mystery series include: Currents Deep and Deadly (ISBN: 978-1453539286) released in 2010, Currents of Vengeance (ISBN: 978-1465335777) released in 2011, Current Assets (ISBN: 978-1477146361) released in 2012, and Alternate Currents (ISBN: 978-1479798322) released in 2013.
All of the books in this mystery series are available in both print and ebook format.
A Current Deception
By Arleen Alleman
Published: January 2015
ISBN: 978-1503539006 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1503538993 (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1503539013 (ebook)
Genre: Contemporary Mystery/Adventure
About The Author:
Arleen Alleman is a former senior analyst with the Government Accountability Office where she wrote extensively on many topics ranging from military satellite systems and highway technologies to endangered species and biotechnology. She has a science education, but also worked as a fashion model, teacher, insurance adjuster, jewelry designer, and proprietor of a home décor shop. Her interests include reading, health and fitness, origin and history of world religions, and travel. Her trips supply authentic backdrops and narration for her fictional stories. Born in England and raised in New Hampshire and Nevada, she lived and worked in Colorado for many years. She now lives in SW Florida with her husband, Tim. She is the author of five Darcy Farthing adventure novels.
Company Name: A Current Deception
Contact Person: Arleen Alleman, Author
Country: United States