Hell and High Water by Keenan Powell

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a fun closed-room mystery! I really enjoy these types of stories. I like the close quarters of the characters, and the seclusion of the setting. This one had a great location, and the author did a great job of fitting in both separation from society, and natural elements of the surrounding location!

Hell and High Water is the third book in the series Maeve Malloy Mystery, but if you haven’t read the others in the series, you won’t be lost. I felt like this one works fine as a stand-alone. I think we miss out just a little on getting to know Maeve, but overall, it’s not an issue if this is the first book.

The main character, Maeve, has decided she may not want to be a lawyer any longer, so she decides to take a job as a dishwasher in a remote location. She ends up smack-dab in the middle of a murder mystery, which is pretty much NOT what she was looking for.

I really enjoyed the location for Hell and High Water. I liked the storm that stops them from being able to get away from the area. It created a dark atmosphere as the story progresses too.

There are quite a variety of characters, and I liked the splash of color they provided. Maeve seems like a character that I would like to see more from, so I am excited that there are other books in the series. I’m not wild about alcoholic characters, it’s something I feel like I see a lot, however, it worked okay for this story. I liked that she’s recovering, and I felt like that added a redeeming quality to her.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I loved the atmosphere and the characters. It kept me guessing right up until the end!

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Hell and High Water for readers that love an exciting thriller and mystery!

Where to Find This Book:

Hell and High Water by Keenan Powell is available at these sites!

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Goodreads


Alaskan attorney Maeve Malloy isn’t sure she’s cut out to be a lawyer anymore. She takes a kitchen job at a remote lodge, hiding her past from her new friends. Just as a storm rolls in, a tourist is murdered.

With no escape or rescue in sight, the police ask Maeve to investigate. Her cover is blown and her new friends aren’t so friendly anymore. To find the killer, she must expose their deepest secrets, sort lies from truth, love from hate, and the innocent from the guilty.

Just the Facts:

Hell and High Water by Keenan Powell
Genre: Mystery
Page Count: 282 pages
Publisher: Level Best Books
Pub Date: March 31, 2020

Keenan Powell is the award-nominated author of the Maeve Malloy Mystery series. Her first publication were illustrations in Dungeons and Dragons, 1st edition, while in high school.

Art seemed to be an impractical pursuit – she wasn’t an heiress, didn’t have the disposition to marry well, and hated teaching – so she went to law school instead. The day after graduation, she moved to Alaska, where she continues to practice law.

In 2009, there was a string of homeless deaths which the Alaska Medical Examiner had ruled were the result of natural causes. While attending a legal seminar, she learned of a little-known law that permits the medical examiner to declare death by natural causes without performing an autopsy. These deaths and that loophole inspired her to write Deadly Solution.

She won the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic grant which led to a three-book deal with Level Best Books. Deadly Solution was published in January of 2018 and was nominated for a Lefty, Agatha, and Silver Falchion.

When not writing or practicing law, Keenan can be found connecting with readers on social media, chatting with fellow mystery authors in the Bouchercon and Crime Bake community, oil painting, or studying the Irish language.

Find out more about Keenan at her website, and connect with her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


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