By Fiona Feitch
What it’s about?
Famous crime writer Bella Tyson is hired to co-host a Murder Mystery cruise, on a luxury liner sailing
from Southampton to New York.
She’s expecting an easy ride; fun and games, surrounded by amateur sleuths and fans of her books, all the while staying in a deluxe cabin and enjoying the spa and the amazing restaurants on board, culminating in a visit to one of her favourite cities in the world – the Big Apple.
She’s NOT expecting to be stuck on a boat in the middle of the Atlantic with her two least favourite people in the world, her hot but unfaithful bastard ex-husband Joel Quigley and fellow crime writer, bitch goddess and Twitter frenemy, Louise Meyers. And when real live dead bodies start turning up –
as well as fake not-really-dead bodies – Bella’s dreams of being pampered on the high seas turn sour.
Accused of a murder she would have liked to commit but didn’t, and helped (or hindered) by a gang of unlikely detectives, can Bella find out who the real murderer is before the ship reaches its destination and New York’s finest drag her off?
What I think:
This is a great, pacy mystery with lots of laughs.
Bella Tyson is a feisty, witty lady. She has a great sense of humour and an engaging way with words. There were lots of laugh out loud moments.
Her relationship with new husband, Will is great – lots of humour and they are a real team. When Bella ends up a the prime suspect, he stands by her 100% and uses his investigative skills to help work out what has been going on.
The cruise ship setting is perfect for a murder mystery. There’s an array of guests who all appear to be strangers and a team of hidden actors who are part of the cruise staff. First job is to work out who is who.
Bella’s rival writer, Louise Meyer is hideously brilliant creation – loud, arrogant and spiteful. Joel Quigley, also a successful writer and Bella’s cheating ex is good-looking and charming but equally unlikeable.
The main characters are brilliant and I can’t wait to see how they develop in the future. And the supporting characters are fun and quirky.
This is a great mystery and I woll definitely be reading more in this series in the future as I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great start to my August TBR pile.
If you fancy setting sail with Bella and Will and Murder Ahoy!, here’s the purchase link
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About the author:
Fiona Leitch is a writer with a chequered past. She’s written for football and motoring magazines, DJ’ed at illegal raves and is a stalwart of the low budget TV commercial, even appearing as the Australasian face of a cleaning product called ‘Sod Off’.
After living in London and Cornwall
she’s finally settled in sunny New Zealand, where she enjoys scaring her cats by trying out dialogue on them. She spends her days dreaming of retiring to a crumbling Venetian palazzo, walking on the windswept beaches of West Auckland, and writing funny, flawed but awesome female characters.
Her debut novel and first in the Bella Tyson series, ‘Dead in Venice’, was published by Audible as one of their Crime Grant finalists. Fiona is represented by Lina Langlee at the North Literary Agency.
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