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- Publication Date: August 6, 2013
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- Language: English
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This one didn't disappoint. There was an intriguing mystery with a really cool twist (the science geek in me loved learning about the luminescence of certain stones and it added a wicked cool twist to the story). There was some drama, as Steven's ex-wife shows up to try and keep the wedding from going off. All of the old gang is back, as well as a few new promising characters, and I loved seeing both families together and interacting, as well as Steven and Kayla and their friends. It was like the very best kind of reunion, where you actually like all of the people who are there! LOL And the wedding!! I loved seeing Kayla and Steven finally get married and all the wedding preparations and hoopla were so much fun. I love the romantic parts of this series every bit as much as the mystery.
I also loved the way the author inserted pictures of various attractions in Alaska that the characters were visiting or seeing, with links embedded in the text to learn more about them. I LOVED the links, as I usually end up looking up interesting places I read about anyway. This saved me some time. And that was maybe even my favorite part of the book--how much detail the author gave about Alaska and the different sights the group saw there. I felt like I was really there with them and, since going on an Alaskan cruise has always been a dream of mine, this was a lot of fun for me--almost as good as being there!
So, if you love mysteries and you love travel, I'd highly recommend this entire series to you. I can't wait to see what the author has in store for the next volume! I only hope it comes out soon!
Diane Rapp begins with an entirely different setting, a bit of nifty techno-magic and her most intriguing mystery.
Setting? This time we're Alaska-bound for an it's-about-time wedding between sassy Kayla Sanders and her fiance Stephen Young (a young Pierce Brosnan lookalike). The gorgeous ice-bound settings are enhanced by an ingenious art angle: an auction company, Genuine Fakes, will display and auction imitations of masterful paintings along with the originals. And Rapp brings her passion for art to bear in her descriptions of the paintings.
Techno-magic? The author intersperses a few lovely photos at just right the times: of animals or scenes. Back in the day when Lord Byron sprang to fame with Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, readers who hadn't traveled to his exotic settings thrilled at the descriptions. No cameras then, of course. Or cheap, easy means of image reproduction. But if there had been, we can be sure the showman in Lord B would have prompted him to make use of those means. This author has done that, precisely--allowing tradition-bound rivals to spend pages describing what she can show in a snapshot.
Another cool something-else: rather than lose any narrative speed, links are embedded in the tale for those wanting to know more about certain things.
And the mystery? It's a corker involving a ring of art thieves on the ship...the specific art they want to steal...why they'll kill to steal it.
Though the High Seas books aren't thrillers, it is a thrill to watch this author blend mystery, setting, character, humor and suspense.
Rapp's vivid descriptions made me feel as though I was seeing the Alaskan locations myself. Her descriptive talent is also used well in differentiating a very long list of characters. I have a hard time keeping track of so many characters, but Rapp made it easier with unique character traits, e.g. Kayla, who casts every person she meets as a famous actor, and Jason, who habitually eats off others' plates. Giving so many people something meaningful to do sometimes felt like a stretch.
This is the third book in the High Seas Mystery series. Coming into a series in the middle can be problematic, but this book stood well on its own. I've never been attracted to cruises, but Rapp might just have converted me.
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A cruise in Alaska. A painting auction. A murder on the seas. A mystery to solve.
The book was filled with everything a vacationer would...Read more