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Leila Stanford, daytime “soap” actress, is awaiting the outcome of negotiations for renewal of her contract. She decides to take a sailing holiday on the boat belonging to her and sister, Kate. Leila’s mistake is to take family friend and fugitive from justice, the light-fingered Gabe Alexander along as crew, because now she can’t get rid of him! When they arrive at Puerto Felice, Leila tries to shed Gabe, but he is having none of it. After all, unless he can con someone or steal a fat wallet, he has nowhere else to stay but on the boat with Leila – and food. Unbeknownst to them, a hurricane is bearing down on the harbour.
A gorgeous yacht sails into the harbour bringing with it mystery, death and the man–Leila hopes–of her dreams, captain Ari Sterns. That evening the yacht, “Pilgrim,” catches on fire. Leila gives Ari sanctuary on her boat, displacing Gabe who is wildly jealous, as he has to give up his bed–the settee– and sleep in the hammock on deck.
The children of a family whose boat is also moored in the harbour, go out trick or treating and are the witnesses to a the presence on the “Pilgrim” of a man, well known in the community, who is later found to have burned to death in the fire.
The mystery deepens with the machinations of a suspicious trio who are trying to get Ari to dive for them. The story is that a boat of theirs went down previously and they want their belongings back, but what are they really after?
This well-written and paced story is very easy to read and most enjoyable; the characters are likable and the ending is an absolute hoot!
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The novels in the Pilgrim's Progress series are sailing adventures and exciting mysteries that not only appeal to the reader's inner sleuth but their desire for a beautiful atmosphere and a lively, colorful plot. It is obvious that Dahlke herself is a seasoned sailor. The terminology she uses intrigues those of us who are less knowledgeable about life on the water and thoroughly engaging for those who are. Puerto Felice, the Mexican town that is the setting for this novel, comes to life in the author's narrative with its scary alleyways, sleazy bars and beautiful scenery.
Hurricane Hole is a well-crafted mystery with enough characters to keep a reader engaged but not overwhelmed, and a subtle humor that will keep a smile on your face throughout the book. There is romance and danger and a sweet and funny ending that left me very satisfied. In Hurricane Hole, R.P. Dahlke continues where she left off in A Dangerous Harbor. While either book can be read on its own, I highly recommend the pair of them.
The sound of waves against a hull, the smell of the sea, romance, mystery and humor all mixed in with a sprinkling of Spanish and a hurricane to boot. I simply can't come up with anything that's missing in this well told tale. If you enjoy a great read, you will definitely be satisfied with Hurricane Hole.
Having read the first book Dangerous Harbor and having good knowledge of the characters, I wanted this book to continue--I thought that at the end the sister Katy might be brought in -- maybe a family reunion of sorts, maybe play out the romance and marriage of Leila and Ari--not just jump to them being married and working together--I would have loved to read more about that backstory. However, it is clear that whether the main character is Katy or Leila, each can hold a storyline on their own.
The adventures of Leila and Gabe--or should it be misadventures?--were beautifully written and totally believable. What this author does best is draw you to the characters and allow you to form your own opinions of them and guess at what they will do next. She skillfully weaves romance, mystery and crime scene action into the story to make a complete picture. You can visualize the scenes, completely grasp the locales and culture--making me believe this author is well traveled and has "been there, done that" herself--well, maybe not fought off bandits or created explosions on boats--but she clearly understands the locales and can paint a picture for the reader that makes you feel like you are there.
While I am not a romance fan--I wouldn't call these romance novels. They are more in the "crime solving/who done it" genre with plenty of action and plenty of story that the reader wants to know more about and figure it all out. Her characters are ranked right up there with some of the best fictional characters in this genre--right out of Jackie Collins--with the beautiful actress attracted to the 'bad boy' handsome sailor. Yet, they are entirely believable.
As I tell everyone I meet, don't pass up the chance to get to know authors like this--they have so much talent to share! Looking forward to the next book whether its in my favorite "Dead Red..." series also from this author or # 3 in the sailing series.