Lost Witness: A Josie Bates Thriller Book Cover Lost Witness: A Josie Bates Thriller
The Witness Series Book 8
Rebecca Forster
Mystery Thriller
Smashwords
December 1, 2019
358

It's two in the morning and an aging cargo ship lies off the Port of Los Angeles. Deep in the bowels of the vessel, an important man is dead and the woman who killed him is mortally wounded. On shore another man staggers out of the sea determined to save the woman before she dies or the ship sails. Exhausted and terrified, he goes to the only person he trusts to help, Josie Bates. He brings with him a history she can't ignore, a problem that seems insurmountable, and a plea she can't refuse. But Josie is up against international law, maritime justice, a Port Authority that doesn't want anything to get in the way of profit, the U.S. Coast Guard who dances to the tune of politics and a captain who swears the people in question were never on his ship. With the clock ticking, Josie becomes ever more desperate to prove the woman is real and get her safely ashore. What Josie doesn't know is that the sands of time that are running out may be her own.

Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

A large container ship is heading to the Los Angeles port carrying a dead man, his killer beaten and a mysterious cargo. Only one man is left to try to save the killer a girl named Tala Reyes and his only hope is to jump ship and go to the only person he trusts Josie Bates.

Billy Zuni has come home, he swam for his life and ended up in a strip club and was rescued by one of the dancers Sparkle who takes him to Josie’s house. Billy arrives after being gone for years and with noone knowing what happened to him, now he is in bad shape and begging for Josie to save the girl he had to leave on the ship. If you have read previous books in this series than you are aware of what Billy went through in his life and his connection with Josie, Archer and Hannah, but unfortunately Billy seems to have suffered once again.

Going to the Pier Manager to report the murder and the girl who was near death but could still be alive Josie and Billy are not believed, the ship’s paperwork shows noone onboard named Tala or Billy and there is no proof of a murder or a possible murder so Josie’s hands are tied. Billy refuses to give up and his good intentions land him in jail but when a very conscientious customs agent opens a crate for inspection she finds a dead body and now everything escalates. Billy is now a person of interest in the murder but still noone will enter the ship to search for Tala.

Every time I get a Josie Bates book to read I know I am in for a mystery and a surprise ending and this one was no different. Josie along with Archer, Billy and Hannah have a fight on their hands, a fight with immigration, customs and Adeano Bianchi the captain of the Faret Vilda who is in so deep he will do anything to get out from under including murder. What happens is not something I will discuss in this review but if you are a Rebecca Forster fan then there is no doubt in my mind that you know that like me you are in for some exciting reading.

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