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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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