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Starboard Secrets: A Cruise Ship Cozy Mystery (Millie's Cruise Ship Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B010RKOAZI
- Publication date : June 30, 2015
- Language : English
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 272 pages
- Lending : Enabled
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There are a lot of grammatical errors, the dialog is flat, there is little to no character development, and so many details of the plot are either unbelievable or silly that it is a real effort to finish it.
My suggestion is to read the first 25 pages, or so, to understand the history of the plot, and then skip the rest of this book entirely. Start again with a later book in the series when things pick up a bit.
I'm giving this three stars because I don't think it was bad overall and it was entertaining. I didn't quit reading it, except I got very close when the spider involved turned out to be a brown recluse. Having a classmate in college biology lab who had a brown recluse bite on her hand, which we watched progress throughout the season means I know for a fact that people don't suddenly die from a brown recluse bite. They cause necrotizing fasciitis. It's not like being injected with a fast-acting poison.
The writing is simplistic and needed some help with continuity. If Millie thinks a person can't sit upright in the top bunk, then no one should be sitting upright in the top bunk. Also, point of view randomly switched. Things were not followed up on. Why did the doctor lie? We don't know. There are more examples, but that one stands out. Also, lots of people were thrown out as suspects with very flimsy reasons mostly having to do with they had a fight and the victim was promiscuous and stole other people's boyfriends, and if they didn't have a boyfriend she was probably trying to steal their job.
One pet peeve I have about amateur sleuth mysteries is when the amateur sleuth finds a really important clue, the clue that solves the murder pretty much the moment it's turned over to the proper authorities, but they have some excuse for why they don't do it, which is usually they for some reason have decided the proper authority is a suspect and/or they want to go investigate for themselves so they not only have the all important clue, but proof it's the all important clue. That happens in this book.
Also, I've never been on a cruise ship, but kept thinking, that's now how things work. Also, getting hired for an important position like an assistant cruise director would probably come with some training other than let's meet backstage at a show, have a chat, see you tomorrow, here, go do this thing.
Oh, and the Victoria Dowden thing. Yeah. That was annoying. She decided she needed to remember a name, so she explains her memory process of Victoria, I have a Crown Victoria, etc. Then what feels like three pages later she needs to recall the name, although she doesn't do anything further with it, and goes, hm, what was the name? Something to do with my car. I have a Crown Victoria. Oh, right, Victoria. Victoria Dowry? Good grief! Remembering her actual name would be a whole lot easier than that. Or picturing a woman in a wedding gown holding a bag of gold sitting in her Crown Vic. And who owns a Crown Vic anyway? Yeah, she's 60, but they stopped making those 4 or 5 years before this was written, so Millie would have been in her 50s. What 50-year old goes, Ooh, I want a Crown Vic? <-- See, the book was thought provoking.
On the plus side, the main character is older, is not obsessed with shoes, clothing, or anything like that, is not dripping with sarcasm passing for wit or sass, and doesn't immediately have two competing love interests who she can't decide between. Although I haven't read any other books, so I don't know if that happens in the future or not.
Anyway, another reviewer said they started with a later book, which was much better written, and suggested to only read a little bit of this one to know how it got started, but not read the entire book. That's a good idea. Read the first couple of chapters.
As is my wont, I like to take along books set in the place I'm traveling... While this book was not set in Hawaii, it was on the same mode of transportation.
I was excited to find this cruise series by Hope Callaghan.
Truth be told, I have been impressed by all the blurbs for Hope's mystery series, and so I have acquired quite a few titles in the various series. But I had not read any, until this past week. OK, so I admit this as well: I love books. I collected them in print, and I collect them in eBook format. I don't always get around to reading them promptly. But that's another story...
So Hope's blurbs are great. And they're truthful.
But her writing is... well, I'm not sure how to describe it. They're not great examples of the kind of writing I've been taught to write, which is to say that this book's author tells you rather than shows you. And certainly, this style of more simplistic writing has a place. A lot of people enjoy not having to work when they read. Why read a passage describing how someone your hero is talking to uses angry speech patterns, or uses a gesture that denotes anger, when you can just read a passage that jumps from the head of your hero into the head of the other character and says flat out what emotion they're having?
The way this book was plotted reminded me very much of Nancy Drew. That iconic series didn't waste time describing actions and reactions. They just told you. Wham, bam, this is what this character thinks, our hero thinks this person did it, or didn't want to because she liked this other character. I felt like I was reading one of the old Readers' Digest Condensed Books my mom used to get sent to her every month in the 80's. There's a plot there, there's a setting, there's some characters, but nothing is explored, and you certainly don't find yourself lost in place or puzzle.
The good: Great potential in the hero. Great potential in the cast of "regulars", or what I assume will be "regulars".
The "meh": this is advertised as a Christian book. The Lord is referenced. The hero goes to service and is comforted to be able to do so. The thing is, I didn't ever get shown *why* spirituality - of any form - was important to her. I was told it meant something, but I wasn't shown. I am yearning to know more.
The disappointing: Whiplash changed of point of view. It's 3rd person omniscient (which is my favorite when it's limited to the hero, or the lead player in a scene) utilized with sometimes whiplash-inducing changes in whose mind you're seeing into.
Also disappointing: Simplistic plotting, and not an instance I can recall of being shown anything. It's tell, tell, tell. Which may work for you, and great if it does. But this book could have been so much more.
This is the first in a series of MANY cruise ship books. There are other series by this author. I'm not sure I will read them, even though I have them on my Kindle, because they don't satisfy me at all.
I gave this book three stars because the grammar is fine, the spelling is fine, and the formatting for kindle is fine. The setting is good. The plot has potential. The hero could be great. But I find it unsatisfying, and to me it reads like an expanded outline rather than a finished mystery.
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Of course this is all completely unrealistic, saccharine romanticism, but then it's all great fun, and what else do you expect from a 'cosy' mystery?
The characters are a bit two dimensional, and there are some remarkable coincidences that enable Mildred to solve the mystery, but this is still a very enjoyable escapist read.
I did receive an advance copy of the book, but this honest review is based on my own opjnions.