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- Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing; 1 edition (November 14, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 14, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0764FRLLN
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Paradise Can Be Murder: A Kay Driscoll Mystery Kindle Edition
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A huge bon voyage party was planned but all the joy of it was gone when their friends, Neelam and Dinesh’s, Gupta’s New Delhi store, was vandalized. Vandals spray-painted the words “We don’t want your kind here. We don’t need your kurry. This is America.” Both Kay and Phil were horrified at how their little town of Sudbury Falls had people like that living there.
Even though Kay felt terrible about leaving their friends in a crisis she and hubby Phil went off on their cruise with Elizabeth, Deirdre, and Mike. The ship was beautiful featuring lots of delicious foods and plenty of fun things to do during their ten days aboard. But what Kay seemed to like best was looking at the other travelers. One couple really got her interest. They ate at their own table and were always arguing. The husband, George, constantly criticized his wife, Sybil, which humiliated her and brought her to tears.
Kay, Elizabeth, and Deirdre spoke to Sybil one day and she said that George used to be part of the CIA but was transferred to another state and now she wasn’t really sure what he did. The friends felt bad for Sybil and tried to talk with her whenever they could.
But when one of the couple was found dead by the pool and it looked like the murder was done by the spouse ,Kay knew that something fishy was going on with the ship.
Kay is an old hand at helping to solve murders so she and her friends, against husband Phil’s advice, decided to find out if the spouse was the real murderer and if not then who did it and why the murder happened.
“Paradise Can Be Murder” is the fourth in the Kay Driscoll Mystery Series by Susan Bernhardt. I’ve read all of Ms. Bernhardt’s books and each one is better than the previous and that is especially true in this case.
With each new novel the author seems to become more confident in her writing abilities adding a lot of page-turning tension in her writing style. There’s one terrific scene where Kay gets herself in some deep trouble and had to get out of it before things took a deadly turn. Of course all mysteries have the protagonist getting into life-threatening situations but Ms. Bernhardt did a spectacular job of making sure readers held their breaths waiting to see how would Kay untangled herself.
And there are lots of surprises in store for Kay, some are great, some not so great, but all are fun.
Every book in the Kay Driscoll series are fun, filled with lots of food talk, and lots of love. The novels can be read by anyone and they can be stand-alones even though I do suggest starting with the first in the series.
Take a ten-day cruise with Kay and her friends and see what ship-board life is like on the open seas.
Kay and Phil along with best friends Deirdre and her husband Mike and Elizabeth, who now has to go solo because hubby John has to work, had planned a book romantic get away of sun kissed days, tropical nights and of course romance.
Kay is especially looking forward to 10 glorious days of no Janey. Their 12 year old niece and next door neighbor.
And being the loving husband he is, Phil has a surprise for Kay. Which puts him not only in the dog house but dampens the romance angle also.
With the group gathered in the dining room for the first dinner of the cruise the table next to them has a couple where the husband is overbearing and the wife is a mouse. Half way through the cruise the engines fail and one of the couple is found floating in the pool.
With time on their hands, when not checking out the pastry shop, after all chocolate helps the thinking process, the ladies investigate and things turn out not to be what they seem.
And back at home Neelam and Dinesh's store has been fire bombed. So Kay goes into overdrive not only to find out who's responsible but she and the whole town rally around to help them.
In my opinion this is the best book of the series. I love the characters. Ms Bernhardt gives them each such a distinct personality. And they all interact as normal people do.
Of course the interaction between Kay and Phil is the typical married forever couple. Which I find quite refreshing. I can just picture Phil doing something and seeing Kay's reaction. Since I have been married longer than I was ever single I can appreciate the scenes.
The cruise gave me the feeling of being on the ship. The descriptions of the cabins, decks, food and entertainment were spot on. And having been on a few Caribbean cruises I could see the blue green water and feel the sun and walk around the shops.
I didn't want to give away to much of the story because it would have spoiled Phil's surprise which had me laughing till I cried because I could see Kay's face.
In my opinion Ms Bernhardt is a truly gifted writer when I can see the characters and settings my minds eye, and experience the adventures through theirs.
Of course, Kay and friends begin digging into the mystery of how, Sybil, the murdered woman was killed. I hate spoilers during reviews so I'll just say that Kay and friends help discover who the culprit or culprits are. Kay and Phil, despite chatty Janey, murder, and eating her beloved pastries, manage to get a bit of romantic alone time. I always recommend reading at least the first book in a series to learn about the characters and their personalities and how they interact.
I highly recommend reading Paradise Can Be Murder, in fact, the entire series. The author also has book 1 in a new series, Manhattan Murder Mystery, which is very good also.
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