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Mai Tai to Murder (The Darcy Cavanaugh Mysteries) Paperback – September 8, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: The Darcy Cavanaugh Mysteries (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (September 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738710741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738710747
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,031,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Darcy Cavanaugh, R.N., takes a working vacation on a Caribbean cruise ship in Calvert's fluffy third nautical mystery (after Aye Do or Die). Most of her fellow vacationers are aspiring mystery writers, and Darcy is there to give a medically correct presentation—enhanced by advice from her beau, federal agent Luke Skyler—on various ways their fictional perps can commit murder (cyanide's out, anthrax and vampire fangs are in). Someone takes Darcy's advice a little too literally and knocks off a famously ruthless literary agent. The suspects just happen to include Angela Skyler, Luke's mother and a would-be novelist who joined the cruise in hopes of landing a book contract. Darcy's gentle mockery of mystery writers and engaging narration as she searches for the shipboard killer make for a droll light read. (Sept.)
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From Booklist

Our intrepid heroine, Darcy Cavanaugh, digs out her cruise wear once again, this time to hold a murder workshop on an aspiring writers' cruise. ER nurses Darcy and her best friend, Marie, have special expertise, as well as ulterior motives. Number one, this is a great opportunity for a Caribbean vacation. Number two, Darcy's boyfriend's mother has a manuscript to sell. As expected, the ship holds a cast of quirky characters, including hopeful novelists, romance cover models in kilts, and an infamous literary agent known for her salty talking parrot and her abrasive personality. But when a series of incidents mirror the types of murder Darcy discusses in her workshop, things start to get dicey. And when a real death occurs and her boyfriend's mother is a suspect, it's all Darcy can do to solve the murder before her boyfriend finds out. Darcy is one of the most enjoyable and engaging sleuths around, and Calvert offers another shipshape, all-aboard adventure. Hatton, Maria

More About the Author

I'm an ER nurse with training as Peer Counselor for Critical Incident Stress Management, the type of support provided to medical personnel and rescue workers after catastrophic events. It's been an honor to serve as clinical preceptor to many nurses, paramedics, firefighters and law enforcement officers.

My inspirational story, "By Accident", written after an equestrian accident that broke my neck, was chosen from 2,000 entries to appear in the best-selling, Chicken Soup For the Nurses Soul.

I'll admit to hearing those rumors about medical staff being prone to gallows humor, and that every hospital Trauma Room has pizza delivery on its Speed Dial. I'm pleading the Fifth Amendment. I will say, however, that I learned a valuable lesson from enduring life's gritty realities. It is simply this: She who laughs--lasts.

The reason my mysteries burble with comedy and a touch of romance is that I believe passionately that laughter and love are the very best medicine.

Born and raised in Northern California and the mother of two, I now live with my husband in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas. I am a cruise travel enthusiast and eagerly climb the gangway for book research that has found me singing onstage with a Newfoundland country band, hiking an Alaskan rainforest, doing the limbo atop a jet- powered catamaran and swimming with stingrays.

I hope my stories are good medicine for you!



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That is my definition of the perfect cozy mystery.
Chris
The author displays a great ear for realistic dialogue and an unwavering eye for colorful details (especially clothing and accessories donned by women aboard).
Kurt C. Piepenburg
It is an easy, fun read, but it has a lot of little twists and turns.
K. Cotant

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Icy Snow on September 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the best Darcy mystery to date. I laughed and giggled all the way through and oh those crazy characters!! You must read just to meet Gertie. Mystery, mayhem and an inside peek into the publishing world. Holds your interest and makes you laugh. Does'nt get any better than that!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Herriman on August 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
Candy Calvert's third book in her Darcy Cavanaugh series is another winner. And this time, Darcy is in the midst of a cruise ship full of crazy mystery writes and an even crazier, scathing literary agent. Her workshop on how to commit murder is apparently being taken seriously by one of the passengers. Darcy and her cigar-chomping best friend Marie find themselves entangled in another round of sleuthing when Darcy's boyfriend's mother, on-board as an aspiring writer, becomes the main suspect in the agent's murder.

The book is full of the usual wit and mayhem, and plenty of amusing jabs at the book writing business itself. It's sure to entertain any reader who loves cozies. I know I loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Gonzalez on August 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
I loved MAI TAI TO MURDER. I laughed at the picture of Darcy's pal and fellow ER nurse, Marie, doing the limbo with a cigar clenched in her teeth. In fact, I've got that page marked so that I can go back and laugh again. Wonderful!

Loved that the book is set at a writer's convention at sea. Readers get a sneak peak at writers, agents and editors with all their foibles and desires, admittedly exaggerated at times. But what an original idea! Candy Calvert has gotten better and better with each book she writes.

Absolutely fantastic read. The excerpt on the author's website caught me and when I got the book in my hot little hands, I couldn't wait to get home and start reading. Once I started, I didn't stop reading until I finished it. Then, I went back and re-read several parts of it.

Don't miss the squawking parrot and the nasty agent who rejects manuscripts while guzzling Mai Tais. If you like a great story, well developed characters with romance, mystery and humor thrown in, then you'll love MAI TAI TO MURDER.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angie Fox on August 22, 2007
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Darcy Cavanaugh has seen her share of mayhem and murder, but when she boards a cruise ship to the Carribean, she's hoping to leave all of that behind her. She's agreed to teach a "Nurse's Guide to Murder" class as part of a writers' workshop at sea. Instead, Darcy and Marie find themselves in the middle of a real life murder mystery.

Add a bunch of crazy writers, overzealous fans, publishing gurus and - to Darcy's dismay - her boyfriend's disapproving mother - and you have a recipe for, well, fun! It's a wild ride and I enjoyed every minute of it.

This series just keeps getting better and better. And the opening to this book is fantastic. I've read a lot of cozy mysteries and I've never seen one begin this way. Bravo to Ms. Calvert for crafting a truly unique, funny and sweet approach to traditional mystery storytelling. I couldn't have had more fun with it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris on October 28, 2007
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This series is just getting better and better. I really liked this story and unlike the previous books in this series, I was really kept guessing right up until the end. This book is a quick read, it will keep you laughing all the way through it and it will keep you guessing. That is my definition of the perfect cozy mystery. I'm already looking forward to Ms. Calvert's next book even though I know it will be a while before it is released!! I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fun and entertaining read.
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