- File Size: 1467 KB
- Print Length: 276 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1732854130
- Publisher: Indigo Dot Press (June 9, 2020)
- Publication Date: June 9, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B085W97KMZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,388 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"fun twists and turns...readers will fall in love with the eccentric (and aptly-named) couple at the focus of the book. There's humor and wit to each of them and they light up the pages."--The BookLife Prize
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I read a few pages two nights ago, and then, with plans for doing all sorts of other things yesterday, I picked the book up again and found myself doing none of those other things and, instead, finding excuses to pick the book up and keep reading.
Mayer keeps the story relentlessly moving forward without a lot of filler, which is my favorite type of story to read. The author keeps you guessing as to the resolution to they mystery as well, with a set of bad guys who weren't exactly who I expected them to be.
The Cruise Ships is a wonderful escape, a great beach read (if only the beaches were open), a good book to read when you just want to get away from what is going in the world, and be somewhere else for a few hours.
Sheila and Shane are a darling couple whose complementary idiosyncrasies make them a fine addition to the genre. They are not hard-boiled detectives, and their advanced age precludes them from high feats of derring-do. That's not to say that there isn't danger and adventure to be had, but don't expect chase scenes and gunplay in every chapter. While Mayer drops clues to the overarching mystery throughout, and they're evident if you pay attention, the story feels more about the journey Sheila and Shane take to find their daughter than it is about the mystery itself. There are lots of different locales, with an equal amount of different characters to represent them, as many as you'd find in a James Bond novel...if Bond were in his eighties and took a cruise ship to his destinations.
Mayer's writing is clear, lively, and easy to read. A fast reader could probably finish this book in a day or two. I opted to take my time with it, because it's nice to read about characters who are loving, compassionate, and supportive of others for a change. I hope Mayer writes more of these two, and that next time we get the story from Shane's point of view.
Recommended for readers who already enjoy the cozy mystery genre, and anyone looking for a little European adventure with a cruise ship view.
We meet the stars of this book, Sheila and Shane McShane, as they are attempting to get through a TSA checkpoint. Sheila is 80, and about to lose her full-size pink canister of Flossy Glossy hairspray. But she has more to worry about than tangled hair, she has tangled nerves, because she and her 84-year-old husband have a mystery to solve. Shelia’s wit, kindness and ability to read people’s auras help her in the security line and will continue to guide her throughout their travels.
This couple of smart “oldie-moldies” are flying to Europe to embark on a cruise of the British Isles. They are retracing the vacation of their daughter, Shanna McShane, who went on the same cruise six weeks prior. Mr. and Mrs. McShane haven’t heard from her since. Their constant calls to the cruise line haven’t worked, so they are off to find Shanna.
Soon the McShanes are aboard the Dreamline Cruise, “Celestial of the Seas” (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?) The author does a great job of providing just the right amount of descriptions of life aboard the luxurious ship, as well as giving us interesting segments about the daily excursions to Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin and other ports of call.
Yes, the McShanes can never find their ship key card, and they require naps and early nights, but day by day, they manage to retrace Shanna’s trip and find clues about her disappearance. Until they are finally trapped in a deadly situation.
Until we cruise again, enjoy this charming, delightful, fresh and original, story. I do hope this book is the start of a series. Thanks to NetGalley and Indigo Dot Press for an advance digital review copy. This is my honest review.
From the descriptions of the ship, the food service and their excursions, Morgan Mayer takes you on a voyage that will feel familiar to anyone who has cruised before. The McShanes demonstrate a relationship filled with love and respect while being aware of the limits that their age has placed on them. Rather than trying to remember names, Sheila assigns names to the people they meet that reflect their personalities or physical attributes, like Mr. Smelly and Sourpuss. Their determination to find Shanna endears them to the reader and makes this story a delight to read. I would like to thank NetGalley and Indigo Dot Press for providing this book for my review.