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- Publication Date: November 18, 2012
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- Language: English
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When romance writer Jessie Hewitt, who writes as Adele Nightingale, plans a romantic getaway Christmas to Hawaii with her love interest, Wilson Rye, things don't go so well. Her outrageous agent, her aging mother and Wilson's son (who doesn't care for Jessie) decide to tag along.
It's not very long until they discover a murder at the hotel where they're staying, and the only witness may be a parrot named Bee Bee, while the main suspect is Wilson's son, Chris. Jessie and the gang make it their job to find the killer to clear Chris, and to keep the local police from arresting all of them. They also need to find the one witness, Bee Bee, who's apparently been birdnapped.
Interspersed with snippets from her latest romance novel, this story is face-paced and funny. Loved the characters and the storyline and I'll be reading more by Cindy Blackburn. I highly recommend this story for anyone who wants a good laugh and who wants to get away from it all through a humorous book.
When there is a murder, relax is the last thing they are going to do. The Hawaiian police are handling the investigation, but not very well. The officer always blames tourists for any crimes that happen on the island so he is sure Chris is the killer. Since Wilson is out of his jurisdiction, he can't investigate. But, Jessie is a really good amateur sleuth and shows him how it's done. They have to figure out who the killer was before Chris is arrested.
This is a terrific mystery with wonderful characters. Tessie was so cute when she was learning how to "hang ten". She was determined to help with the "sleuthing" and was pretty good at it. It was surprising to see Tessie and Louise become so friendly. What a pair! They shouldn't have been left alone. It was hysterical when Tessie was driving (like a speed demon), then let Louise drive. The problem was that Louise didn't know how to drive. Then there was Chris. He was quite nasty to Jessie. He thought very badly of her and rarely spoke to her. I loved Jessie! Not only is she a romance writer but also a pool shark. She actually put herself through college playing pool. She is THAT good. How Wilson kept his patience with everyone is a mystery in itself. What a wonderful man.
This is a fun mystery with some surprising twists. If you want a humorous cozy mystery that will keep you wondering whodunit, this is the book for you.
The resort is somewhat deserted compared to the other nearby hotels and resorts, and it seems that they pretty much have the place to themselves. The first night, however, the bartender ends up with a knife stuck in him in Jessie's mother's room. The local PD are keen on pinning this on a tourist. The chef goes missing, and not soon after the resort's pet parrot also goes missing.
Wilson (Jessie's boyfriend) is out of his jurisdiction, but this does not stop everyone from trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle to solve the murders.
It's a quick, easy read and of course, the characters of the story will bring a smile to your face.
A Cue Ball Mystery
Reviewed by Roy Murry, Author
I keep on coming back to Blackburn's novels because they are fun to read with an underlying theme of mystery that may or may not be easy to unravel. The characters are well defined and compliment Jessie, author, and amateur sleuth.
In this book, the bartender of enticing pink drinks is found dead in Jessie's mother's Hawaiian vacation bedroom. How Jessie's close inner group gets to Hawaii and the antics that follow are hilarious.
Everyone in Jessie's group gets involved with an original investigation which does not go along with the Official Police conclusions which are that one of her tourists committed the crime.
The events leading to solving the crime are funny, and near the end, deadly. As in all of the Blackburn's stories, Jessie is the center of an unusual conclusion that is exciting.
I think this is my fifth of the Cue Ball Mysteries. I'll be back for more fun.