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Killer Cruise (Mass Market Paperbound)
If you are like me and have finally succumbed to the creeping crud which has been making the rounds this winter, and you need a book to divert your attention from daytime TV and your box of kleenex I have the one for you! Killer Cruise by Laura Levine. It is a series about Jaine Austen, no relation to the author, who manages to score a teaching gig on a cruise liner, providing her with a Mexican vacation and access to a twenty-four hour buffet! Jaine's elation is short lived when she discovers her cat, Prozac, has wormed his way into her vacation. This however is the least of her problems, when a slick dancer turns up dead and her friend is accused of the murder.
This book was a hoot! While it will never win an Edgar, it is a fast paced and funny read. The e-mails back and forth to her parents and best friend are hysterical. It is a solid mystery which never takes itself too seriously. I liked it for that reason; it was easy to read in my medicated and fuzzy state of mind. Thus I pass this slapstick gem on to anyone who needs a fun book to read while waiting for the antibiotics took kick in!— Amber
Wordsmith Jaine Austen's ship has finally come in. Her new teaching gig on a fancy cruise line nabs her a free vacation--and access to a 24-hour buffet But sooner than you can say "bon voyage," Jaine's all-expenses-paid trip to the Mexican Riviera seems destined to be a wreck. . .
Things are already off to a rocky start when Jaine discovers a stowaway amidst her luggage--her persnickety cat Prozac. Jaine's sinking sensation grows stronger at dinner, where she meets chatty Emily Pritchard, a wealthy seventy-year-old who's traveling with her two nephews. Jaine can't help noticing the tension among them, especially when the cruise's charming--and sleazy--British dancer, Graham, whisks Emily out onto the dance floor.
Soon Emily is accepting Graham's invitations to every social event on the ship. Two nights later the bubbly couple announces their engagement, but the news is quickly overshadowed the next morning by the discovery of Graham's body with an ice pick protruding from his chest. . .
Between hiding a furry fugitive, flirting with Emily's nephew Robbie, and baiting the hook for a clever murderer, Jaine is about to dive into her most dangerous case yet. . .