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The Bellhop Only Stalks Once (The Chloe Parsons Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
Lies, secrets, and a sinister plot hide in broad daylight at the heart of the Club Pacifica.
A beautiful tropical resort, exciting new friends, and a handsome guest liaison – it’s the perfect getaway for Chloe, a free-spirited Baltimore girl just getting to know herself. But the vacation of a lifetime quickly takes a dark turn when a young, overly flirty bellhop starts following her everywhere. It gets even worse when he disappears, and Chloe is the sole witness.
As bellhop after bellhop goes missing, she struggles to figure out what’s happening. When suspicion falls upon her, Chloe must not only try to rescue the kidnapped bellhops, but also to clear her name.
Complicating things further is the relationship she forms with Mateo, Club Pacifica’s guest liaison. Charming and easygoing, he is everything that her fiancé at home is not, and she finds herself fighting a growing attraction to him. But can he be trusted?
She soon discovers that she’s landed herself in a world of secrets, and, worse, that these are not just those of others, but also the secrets she keeps from herself.
Can Chloe find her way through all the lies to finally discover the truth before it’s too late?
The Chloe Parsons Mysteries:
1. The Bellhop Only Stalks Once
2. Death of a Texan
Book 2, "Death of a Texan", is available now!
"Set in Costa Rica, this is an impressive debut, filled with thrills, spills, creepiness and a delicious sprinkling of humour and romance. The setting is so special, beautiful, lush, and warm, yet at the same time, the author uses the landscape to suggest the twisty hidden darkness within this magnificent rainforest location. I loved all the characters, from the cheeky young bellhop Jamie, to Sopie the small, blue-haired yoga teacher, who is great fun, embracing the problem of the missing bellhops by playing the tough, streetwise cop - she is eccentric, and funny, and so beautifully observed. I particularly liked the main protagonist Chloe, a woman who arrives on the island unsure of herself and her future, who becomes stronger, and more independent with every step of her journey. Not only does she set herself the task of finding the missing bellhops, but she also has some personal issues to deal with - and all is wrapped up well at the end, in a satisfying, but brilliantly twisty finale!" - Sue Watson, USA Today Best-Selling author of The Sister InLaw
"A wonderful, fast-paced adventure in Costa Rica, with a cracking set of characters... what could be better? The main character is Chloe, a girl on holiday in a complex, having left her fiancé at home. He doesn't like holiday, or seemingly anything else that Chloe likes. She meets up with Kaia and Sopie, two like-minded girls, and the holiday progresses until bellhops start to go missing. There's a little bit of detecting, a little bit of love, a little bit of drugs and a cracking amount of extremely good story-telling. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, the pace and the people - a thumbs up for all the p's in this one, and I look forward to the next book by this talented author. A full five stars from me." ~ AnitaWaller, Best-Selling Author of the Kat and MouseSeries
"The Bellhop Only Stalks Once is a work of fiction in the thriller and suspense sub-genres, and was penned by author Cat Hickey. Written for adult audiences due to scenes of moderate violence, some moderate sex scenes and a few references to drug usage, this intriguing and fast-paced thriller novel starts off in an idyllic paradise where it seems nothing could ever go wrong. Chloe arrives at the Club Pacifica with high hopes for fun and frolic, but an overly flirty bellhop begins to follow her in a less than flattering fashion. But it's only when the bellhop vanishes entirely that the plot really thickens, forcing Chloe to face a variety of secrets that she never wanted to uncover.
Author Cat Hickey has crafted a totally engrossing work of mystery and suspense which unfolds with surprise after surprise. Thriller fans are sure to find lots of edge-of-seat moments in the sharp grammar and clever story structure, which manages to give plenty of hints and clues without giving the main game away until the right moment. I felt that the atmospheric language really added to the different scenes around the resort area, shifting beautiful vistas into dark, shadowy, and dangerous locations. Chloe makes for a fresh-faced protagonist caught in the middle of things, and I enjoyed how she developed and grew as a character whilst the novel was in progress. Overall, I would definitely recommend The Bellhop Only Stalks Once for all readers seeking a deeply involved mystery with plenty of gasps and guessing." ~ 5 Star Review, Reader's Favorite
"Author Cat Hickey has crafted a charming mystery that intrigues from the very start. Chloe is looking for an escape from her life and her overbearing fiancée. Tof ind some solace and assess the direction her life is heading, she travels to Costa Rica to unwind and reset. Instead of relaxation, she finds herself pestered by a bellhop who's taken a shining to her. It's a relief of sorts when the bellhop disappears, however unusual the circumstances. As more bellhops begin disappearing, Chloe can't help but feel there's something more going on. This isn't the relaxing holiday she imagined. The Bellhop Only Stalks Once brings Costa Rica to life with vivid descriptions of place. Hickey describes the action of the plot with precision, capturing the readers' imagination with crystal clear imagery. And thanks to its excellent pace, the novel turns out to not only be enjoyable, but quick too. The character of Chloe, though at times perhaps naive, is intensely likable. She's the type of person to go on holiday and befriend almost everyone she meets. Staff and guests of the resort included. She is not a typical detective, motivated by mystery and intellectual problem-solving. Rather, her compassion and adventurous spirit drive her actions throughout the novel. The reader desires to see her succeed, not only in solving the mystery but in resolving her life issues too. This journey of self-discovery for Chloe is almost as large a part of the plot as the mystery itself. It's nice to read a mystery that is driven by both character and plot." - Independent Book Review
"A delightful blend of intrigue and romance all wrapped up in an exotic Costa Rican setting. A dazzling debut from a great new talent." ~ Charlie Tyler, Author of The Cry of the Lake
- ASIN : B08953192N
- Publisher : darkstroke books (August 3, 2020)
- Publication date : August 3, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2178 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 241 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #938,854 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #588 in Occult Suspense
- #941 in Kidnapping Crime Fiction
- #1,020 in Black & African American Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Fiction
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Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2020
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I tried to give it two stars, not many editing errors and spellcheck did a good job. But I just couldn't. I did finish, and I'm ashamed to say I did.
Okay, let's get down to the story. Chloe goes on vacation to Costa Rica and stays at a resort. While there she encounters a odd group of guests and employees. One day all the bellhops disappear. She learns that all the bellhops from other resorts have disappeared also. I should have quit there. Nothing following made sense, let alone made a compelling mystery.
Rather than contact the police, Chloe and her "friends" the yoga teachers, decide to go to the capital and investigate drug dealers. By bus.
The story gets goofier and goofier as it marches towards the conclusion. Cults? Drug gangs? Yoga commune? Freaky theater? It's got it all.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
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Chloe is an American lass on a solo holiday in Costa Rica. Things start going terribly wrong with firstly just one overzealous bellboy from Chloe’s hotel going missing, soon followed by another two. Chloe is the only person to have witnessed his bizarre disappearance. One minute he was there waving to her, the next he sauntered into the jungle. He had made a nuisance of himself prior to his vanishing act, and consequently suspicion falls on Chloe. You feel for her. She is in a foreign country and quite out of her comfort zone. But she is one feisty gal, determined and smart, and she has some allies, such as Juan as well as the charming Mateo, until he too is gone, that is.
Apart from the relatable and likeable characters, the setting also plays its part in the story. The deep and dangerous Costa Rican jungle, the heat and the beautiful but precarious crossings create a thrilling ambience. Amulets and accessories featuring mysterious local deities add more mystery. Little hairs stand up on the back of your neck as you dive into that world with Chloe.
Although there is humour and adventure, there is also an element of grim, brutal reality and pure unrepentant evil. You certainly wouldn’t want to send your child on a holiday where they could end up just like those missing bellboys.
A thrilling and clever book. Highly recommended.