"Right. So now we don't have anything to worry about, do we?" (ch. 11)
Title: Shore Excursion by Marie Moore
Paperback by Camel Press (April 1, 2012)
Comments: Ruth, one of the seniors on a tour from New York to Europe for a cruise on the North Sea, complains to Sidney, the tour leader, that a man had tried to take her red suitcase from the carousel at the airport. On the ship from Scandinavia to Russia, one of the seniors on the tour is found strangled in her room. Sidney decides toget to the bottom of the crime, especially when other murders occur on the cruise and her own safety is at stake. Her business partner Jay adds some comic relief to the novel while he helps Sidney, who tries to solve the murders while keeping an interested eye on the handsome captain of the ship, Captain Vargo.
There is a twist to the plot that prevents the mystery surrounding Ruth's red suitcase from being predictable. Jay is amusing at times as Sidney's sidekick, though I thought some of the seniors actively helping in the crime solving would have been an added interest in the plot. Re the book cover - Death with a scythe and a dark cloak is a cliche, but the red suitcase on the cover does stand out! A good mystery to enjoy on a rainy day, on the beach, or maybe on a cruise!
Shore Excursion is the first book in a new mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Sidney Marsh.
About the author: Marie Moore, a native Mississippian, worked for a weekly newspaper as writer and Managing Editor, and won MS Press Association awards for her stories. She later ran a retail travel agency, using her experience to write Shore Excursion. She lives in TN and MS. Visit her at http://www.mariemooremysteries.com/.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review.