||Aug 9, 2011
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Meet Kayla Sanders, who must solve the murder of her ex-boyfriend on a cruise that visits islands in the Eastern Caribbean. She meets a handsome magician and sparks fly in the first book of this High Seas Mystery series.
What people are saying:
“Sometimes a reader needs to curl up with a deliciously good book and disappear from their own world for awhile. Murder Caribbean-Style spirited me away into a world that oozed with the charms of such exotic locations as Barbados, St. Thomas, Sint Maarten and Puerto Rico. Diane Rapp offers a gift to her readers: She whets an adventurer's appetite with zesty, vivid descriptions of fascinating out-of-the-way places at each port, sites that are unknown to many tourists. We are treated to descriptions of not only the duties of personnel on a cruise ship but, more so, their very human nuances.” Review by Doreen Cox.
When Kayla Sanders accepts a free Caribbean cruise aboard the Aurora, she gets sucked into a modern-day mutiny culminating in the murder of her ex-lover, Patrick MacIntyre. When Kayla was denied a well-deserved promotion, she resigned. Kayla’s shipboard friends applauded her bravery, but she knew the truth. Reeling from the painful humiliation inflicted by an unfaithful lover, Kayla welcomed an excuse to run home and hide. Living like a hermit in Colorado she worked days as a typist and wrote a Caribbean guidebook at night.
Four years later, Kayla arrives on board her old ship and savors the VIP treatment afforded a published author—until Patrick falls dead at her feet. Plunging into a frenzied investigation to discover the killer before police arrest her friends, Kayla bumps into Steven Young every time she uncovers a clue. They soon join forces to unravel the mystery and sparks a fledgling romance. Like a tightrope walker balancing between passion and peril, Kayla risks her life to unearth the truth behind Patrick’s death and free herself from his memory. Should she trust Steven and risk another broken heart—or worse?
At the bottom of the gangway, Kayla paused to gaze at the escarpment above the dock. Fort Shirley sat atop the bluff, an irregular black outline silhouetted against a cloudless blue sky. She checked her watch and decided to take an easy morning walk through the ruins. Once on top she wandered through the lonely stone skeleton, a solitary tourist taking photos of the ship and Portsmouth Bay.
From her lofty perch on top of the dungeon walls, Kayla surveyed the vast expanse of Dominica’s high country. In contrast to relatively flat coral islands, Dominica resembled a collection of craggy mountains plucked from the heart of the Alps and dumped into the ocean by some mischievous giant. Kayla felt a pang of homesickness for the snow-covered mountains of Colorado.
Rusty cannons stood sentinel along Fort Shirley’s moss-covered skeleton of chiseled rock. Ghostly breezes whispered eerie tales of slavery and revolt, of soldiers marching through a jungle filled with twisting ravines, and of hostile Carib Indians stalking their prey through dense foliage. A twig snapped. Leaves chattered over cobblestones as a gust of wind whipped them into a miniature tornado, and a tree branch tapped an eerie warning overhead. Kayla suddenly felt sure someone was watching.
Glancing around, she felt vulnerable, wandering alone through the ruins. Trying to walk with a normal pace, Kayla headed back down the deserted path, but her pace quickened into a near run as she yearned to reach the safety of the cruise ship pier. A man stepped from behind a tree and blocked her path.
Fun Romantic Murder-Mystery and Travel Novel
I was captivated by this romantic murder/mystery story, partly because the cruise ship and travel location setting is similar to my own stories. Author Kayla Sanders, a former cruise ship employee, is recovering from a bad relationship, when she boards a cruise ship to update her Caribbean travel guide. She is a very realistic and likable protagonist and Rapp has done a good job of developing her character, so much so that I want to read the follow-on book to find out what happens with her budding romance with an Interpol detective. Together they try to solve the mysterious death of Kayla's roguish ex-boyfriend. Rapp has expertly interwoven tidbits of Caribbean history and geography throughout the story, as well as some international intrigue. There are many characters and potential suspects, and the reader is kept guessing about the nature of the death and the culprit's identity up to the very end. This is fast fun reading for mystery and romance readers alike.
I really felt like I was there- I still smell the cinnamon...
I was enchanted by this story from the first page. It brought back memories of my favorite mystery books, like the Trixie Belden or Nancy Drew Series. But this is much more refined and sophisticated.
The Heroine, Kayla is a lovely, young travel guide writer who returns to her former place of employment- as a celebrity. Who has not dreamed of doing that?
Her former place of employment just happens to be a cruise ship in the Caribbean. It would be fabulous- but Kayla is mending a broken heart. You feel her pain and you hate the scoundrel who caused it. You form strong opinions about the characters and when there is a murder- well - he had it coming!
Kayla travels through the Caribbean doing research for her book and some detective work. The author brings you to the scenes with such detail; you are enveloped in the exotic locale. As you explore the islands, inhaling the perfume of the tropical flowers, you learn of Caribbean history and geography. You vow to return one day-in person.
Delightful Read with a Delicious Flavor
Sometimes a reader needs to curl up with a deliciously good book and disappear from their own world for awhile. MURDER CARIBBEAN-STYLE spirited me away into a world that oozed with the charms of such exotic locations as Barbados, St. Thomas, Sint Maarten and Puerto Rico. Diane Rapp offers a gift to her readers: She whets an adventurer's appetite with zesty, vivid descriptions of fascinating out-of-the-way places at each port, sites that are unknown to many tourists. We are treated to descriptions of not only the duties of personnel on a cruise ship but, more so, their very human nuances.
From the first page of Chapter One, Diane Rapp began to cleverly construct the plot for this high seas murder mystery. Her choice of murder weapon is masterful, involving a dab of poison from a Poison Dart Frog and a black pocketknife adorned with a distinctive golden snake. And there is more than one of these knives around. Patrick, Chief Purser, first-class scoundrel, owner of the knife and gift-giver of these special knives has a lot of enemies, especially of the female kind.
Kayla Sanders dumped Patrick four years ago after she discerned his true colors, that of a scoundrel. After being passed over then for the Chief Purser's position because she was a female, Kayla redirects her life, makes use of her knowledge and writes a Travel Guide. On this cruise, she is a guest author, there to sign copies of her Guide. Her old friends have launched their own scheme to shed light on the nefarious behaviors of a few of the male staff. By the end of the cruise, Kayla, armed with courage and a resilient nature, has outrun danger, used her wits to help solve the murder, gathered up-to-date information for a new Travel Guide and fallen in love.
MURDER CARIBBEAN-STYLE is such a great read for those of us who enjoy an intricate yet spirited plot. We are treated to an endearing group of characters who add a zesty flavor to an already delightful story.
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