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Mailboat Book 1


Bailey Johnson landed the coolest summer job ever: mail jumper on the historic Lake Geneva Mailboat. Falling into the lake is pretty much a hazard of the job. Finding a dead body underwater is pretty much not.

One mistimed jump restarts a manhunt, unsolved since before she was born, and reopens old wounds that were only half healed. As if that weren’t bad enough, she’s stuck in the most epically abysmal foster home ever, since she first entered “the system” eleven years ago. Abuse at home, bullets flying in the street … and she thought prom was bad. All she wants is a family of her own. Is that so much to ask for? A forever family–provided she survives the summer.

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Tightly written, intriguing plot, and interesting characters intersect in a sleepy little town with a dark past.


From the opening pages to the cliffhanger ending, Ms. Hanna takes her readers on a rollercoaster ride through the sleepy town of Lake Geneva after a body is found under a dock along the lakeshore.


Unfortunately, the person who finds the stiff is a fifteen-year-old mail jumper, Bailey, after she tumbles into the chilly lake water. Her discovery begins to uncork a bottle where the genie of the town’s past tragedy is about to rear its ugly head and open doors they thought locked tight.


The book is written in a shifting first-person point of view, with a few minor character’s POV told in third-person. This is a bit unsettling at first, but the author quickly proves that she is comfortable with the style and builds interesting characters across the board. A few of the characters, such as police detective Monica, and temporary summer patrolman Ryan indicate a promise of further development as the promised multi-book story arc unfolds.


Bailey’s story is at the heart of the book, but isn’t the mystery of the book (so far). She is however in the center of an unfolding storm that looks to be growing to hurricane proportions. The author begins to develop the tempest with the first chapter. By the time you reach the end of book 1, the hurricane of suspense and action is buffeting Bailey and all of Lake Geneva.


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Mailboat book 2

A shadow is growing over idyllic Lake Geneva, and the killings are far from over. Now Bailey stands on the verge of losing the one person she thought she could always lean on.

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