Pink and white-sand beaches. Pristine waters. Tiki bars and Murder.

Pink and white-sand beaches. Pristine waters. Tiki bars –  and Murder. Captain Em Ridge is back. The job is simple, or so she thinks. Three couples on two boats had sailed to Eleuthera, but when one of them dies in a Scuba accident, they hire Em to take the boats one at a time, back to Florida. Was this really a tragic accident, or something else? The Devil to Pay is the third book in the highly acclaimed Em Ridge Mystery Series which began with Night Watch, continued with The Bitter End and now continues with The Devil to Pay.

Like the titles of all of the Em Ridge sailing mysteries, ‘the devil to pay’ is a nautical term. In the old days of boat building, the individual planks of the ship were sealed with a tar. This was called “paying” the seams. The ‘devil’ seam was the curved seam on the underside of the ship, named so, because according to Smyth’s Sailor’s Word Book, paying or tarring this seam was “considered to be a most difficult and unpleasant task.” Paying the devil has come to mean anything unpleasant or difficult to do.

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