When Pirio Kasporav and her friend Ned go sailing, they are struck by an unknown ship. Pirio survives the accident, but Ned does not and leaves behind Pirio’s wild friend Thomsina and son Noah. Over time, Pirio comes to believe that the accident was no accident. As she begins to investigate, she is approached by a former flame and a stranger who both try to become involved in her detective work. Pirio must determine friend from foe and struggle through personal issues in order to uncover the truth in Elizabeth Elo’s North of Boston.
I found this book to be an engaging read. Elo gave me enough clues to make me think I understood the direction of the book, but left enough hidden that I was always in for a surprise. I also liked Pirio as a character; she has a lot of brains and moxie, and I enjoyed that her interactions with the other characters were nuanced, revealing both her strengths and weaknesses. These interactions were just as enjoyable as the mystery itself, and, in a way, were their own mystery as I worked to understand Pirio and her world. If you are a fan of mysteries and Boston, I recommend this book.