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Murder on Naked Beach (Lucy Ripken Mysteries) Paperback – February 7, 2006

3.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Jumping at the chance to leave slushy New York for sunny Jamaica, 30-something design journalist Lucy Ripken promptly sticks her nose into a death that no one else seems to think is murder (though of course it is). Soon Lucy is tangled up in a massive drug deal involving several of her less savory press-junket companions. Somewhere in there she falls for Harold Ipswich, mild-mannered reporter by day and DEA agent by night, who seems rather boring and has a disconcerting habit of encouraging Lucy to break the law. Fortunately, he has the advantage of being the only decent human being on the island other than the uniformly friendly and laid-back Rastafarian natives, whose favorite pastime is feeding Lucy plot-advancing information. First-time novelist and former journalist Henderson never passes up an opportunity to skewer her compatriots in the press corps or devote pages to the joys of architecture photography, leaving characterization and plot as thin as one of Lucy's swimsuits. Hopefully, she'll reshuffle her priorities before further developing the series.
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"Murder on Naked Beach," just out from first-time novelist and Seattle resident J.J. Henderson, is a pretty good one. -- The Seattle Times, Feb 22, 2006

"Travel writer Henderson's series kickoff shows promise, a terrific premise, great local color and an appealing cast..." -- Kirkus, December 15, 2005
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Product Details

  • Series: Lucy Ripken Mysteries
  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: CDS Books; First Edition edition (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593152876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593152871
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,051,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a quick, fun read, perfect for the beach! Relax into Lucy's latest adventure filled with lots of crazy journalists on a work "vacation", the local bad guys in competition for the big bucks and a trip around a beautiful Caribbean island. The author makes use of colorful characters and lots of good humor. A very fun read!
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Really good read and the characters were very real, but because of this, there was a bit too much cussing and othe bad habits. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Jamaica though. Overall, a good read.
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my 1st Lucy Ripken (J.J. Henderson) book and I'm HOOKED!!! Fun, adventurous, edgy in places, funny! yes all of that and Lucy's quirks to boot! I'm almost done reading the 2nd book in this series and have ALL of them loaded on my Kindle :)
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Lucy Ripken is a freelance travel writer who has an indomitable spirit and a curious nature. She is on a travel writers junket to a new resort opening in Jamaica, when one of her fellow writers dies under very mysterious circumstances. Lucy soon finds herself up to her pretty neck in a mystery involving drugs, smugglers, murder and mayhem. It is a light, breezy read with colorful characters, a dash of romance, and a very engaging protagonist. The ending is bit forced, a tad improbable and leaves a few loose ends; but doesn't detract from an entertaining read. If you like light and breezy mysteries, I would recommend you give this one a try!
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This is a travel writer's dream come true of press junket mystery in the caribbean. Unfortunatly for a lay person this holds no fascination what so ever. What happens to Lucy Ripken is nothing more than some wistful daydreams of someone who wished something more was happening when nothing really is.
The premise starts off weak as Lucy is in the airport preparing to leave New York in the middle of the cold winter and head to the warm tropics to see a new hotel. The excruciating detail about waiting to leave the airport is to be missed by anyone who has ever flown on a plane.
Next we are in the warm tropics and it's nothing a second grader couldn't have told us about. But then wait, a man dies out on the nude beach and for some reason the girl that finds him is all freaked out about it and leaves the island to go home early. So for some reason it is apparent to all that he just had a heart attack in the hot tub, but to our would be sleuth, certainly there must be Murder on Naked Beach!
The book countinues like this for some time alternating between psuedo mystery novel and a dsescriptive narritive from a travel pamphlet.
This is a dull read that is more work than pleasure and I would advise not to book this trip.

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Her political comments were annoying, but the tempo of the action segments was good.
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An excellent read by an author that I had not read before. If you like mystery with some romance you will like this one. I will be looking to read more in the series.
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I'm not much for cozy mysteries, so I found this book rather thin and uninteresting and totally lacking in any kind of suspense. It was, however, smoothly written in spite of being more of a travelogue than a thriller.
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