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Cowabunga Christmas: Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #1 by [Burke, Anna Celeste]
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About the Author

Life is an extravaganza! Figuring out how to hang tough and make the most of the wild ride is the challenge. On my way to Oahu, to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I had married in Tijuana, I was nabbed as a runaway. Eventually the police let me go, but the rock band broke up. Our next stop: Disney World, where we trained to be chefs. More education landed us in academia at The Ohio State University. For decades I researched, wrote, and spoke about a number of gloriously nerdy topics. Retired now, I’m still married to the same, sweet, guy and live with him near Palm Springs, California. I write mysteries set in sunny California! The Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set here in the Coachella Valley and the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery Series set in California’s Central Coast. Coming Soon: The Misadventures of Betsy Stark, also set in and around Palm Springs.

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  • File Size: 609 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publication Date: October 31, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016P5VR8M
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This is great introduction to author, Anna Celeste Burke’s, new Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery Series. We meet two characters from her best-selling Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery Series, Brien and Kim, who are surf-side celebrating their recent marriage and Christmas at the same time.

Before newlywed Kim Reed-Williams has time to adjust to her married woman status, surf loving beach boy husband, and luxury honeymoon suite, the two find themselves immersed in a murder mystery on Christmas Eve. Santa Claus is dead but the challenge is to figure out which of the multitude of Santas hired by the hotel to make Christmas special for all the kiddie guests is missing.

The investigation and fun begin as Brien and Kim insist on helping Detective Mitchum, the real detective and not one of those security dudes (per Brien), solve the crime that threatens to ruin their honeymoon.

Fortunately, despite the investigation of a murder and their efforts to assist, Kim and Brien find enough down time for some cowabunga surfing, wining and dining and honeymoon suite escapades to make this a delightful holiday read. There's just enough intrigue and quirky twists and turns to keep you guessing as to who committed the murder, how and why.

I highly recommend this book to kick off your holiday season!
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This delightful new series is a spin-off of the Jessica Huntington mysteries, but easily stands alone. It has just enough danger and mystery to be suspenseful, but it’s also joyful and funny. With its deliriously happy newlyweds, quirky characters, lightheartedness, and hilarious recurring theme of Santas running amok, it has aspects of a P. G. Wodehouse novel. (High praise indeed, as Wodehouse has long been a secret guilty pleasure of even the most sophisticated readers!)

If you’ve already had the pleasure of “meeting” its main characters in the Jessica Huntington series, you’ll be especially amused (and bemused) by this odd pairing. When first introduced in A Dead Sister (Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery) (Volume 2), Kim was a darkly brooding, angry, and despairing young woman trapped in an abusive relationship. In contrast, Brien is an outgoing, energetic surfer dude. While Kim is intelligent and street smart, Brien strikes most people as somewhat stupid because of his naïve, unfiltered questions and malapropisms. But opposites attract, as the saying goes, and what’s more, the couple’s complementary natures bring out the best in each other. Brien can pull Kim out of her dark moods in a heartbeat, and help her have fun. Kim nurtures Brien’s hidden depths, seeing his questions as a thirst for knowledge and his malapropisms as a courageous determination to master new vocabulary. Even as she corrects his words, she's proud of him.

Anna Celeste Burke is known for this type of writing, which can be enjoyed on many levels.
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This was a great book to get me in the holiday mood--Ms. Burke continues to entertain with Kim and Brien, familiar characters from her Desert Mystery series, a newlywed couple that finds themselves in the middle of a murder investigation at a five-star resort hotel. I loved the mixture of lighthearted humor along with the dark mystery, and the constant string of Santas with questionable morals. Readers will love Burke's style and delight in the many twists and turns she creates in this hilarious mystery; the characters are alive and unforgettable, and I loved being able to luxuriate in Burke's glamorous setting, just in time for Christmas! I can't wait to read more from this impressive and vastly entertaining author.
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I have to say Cowabunga Christmas was a delightful ‘mixed bag’ of mystery, suspense and romance all set in one of my favorite places. I used to live in by the California Coast and this brought back memories. It was just what I needed to put me in the holiday spirit. Honeymooners Kim and Brien got much more than they bargained for and what an interesting couple they were! I can’t imagine getting involved in a murder on my honeymoon! I had to love Kim and her anger issues. All being said, this is the perfect holiday gift or anytime of the year for someone who enjoys a ‘Who Done It’ mystery. Let me also mention this is a smooth read and flows very well.
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Cowabunga Christmas: Corsario Cave Mystery #1, Kindle edition by Anna Burke is a light-hearted murder mystery (yes, those words in that order), full of spot-on dialogue from someone with a very good ear and ability to evoke cultural sense of place. Burke is your guide to the surfer culture, all their banter and hip allusions, from today's jargon to references old enough that one of them is "...Gidget and Moondoggy..." while another is "...dude and dudette."

This book proved to me that murder can be fun -- well, catching a murderer can be fun.
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I love cozy mysteries. Some snow and a burning fire can make it perfect. In this case, we have Christmas Eve in California at a 5-star hotel. Swimming, surfing, sunshine, beaches. What can possibly go wrong? A bullet-riddled Santa found by newlyweds Kim and Brien. They don't even know which Santa is missing. How to find the murderer and still salvage the holiday? Kim and Brien work hard with the detective in charge to save Christmas and the Christmas spirit. Fun for all ages.
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