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?
Bella Tyson Mysteries
Book 1 – Dead in Venice
Book 1.5 – Murder at the Grotto (short story)
Book 2 – Murder Ahoy!
A Good, Fun Series!
This is my first Bella Tyson book – and it’s such good fun to read!
Bella and her husband, Will, can hardly believe their luck when they get a luxury cruise to New York in a fabulous cabin whilst takes part in running a murder mystery on board. However, neither of them expecting the other two experts to cancel and be replaced by her ex-husband and her twitter nemesis. To make things worse, the ‘bodies’ turning up are not all part of the game and Bella finds herself prime suspect. As it turns out to be less than the pampered week they were coveting, can it really get any worse? Read on and find out!
I must admit the first person narrative took me by surprise; it’s so rare to come across in a novel these days – or perhaps just in the ones I read – but it’s a very witty book which I giggled and spluttered my way through. I did have an inkling as to who the guilty party was, but when you suspect almost everyone, you gotta be right sometimes! Very entertaining with a good cast of characters, this runs smoothly from beginning to end and is a well plotted tale. If you are a cosy mystery fan, then this is a good, light hearted series to follow, and I’m happy to give it 4*.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy and to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: cosy mystery
Fiona Leitch is a writer with a chequered past. She’s written for football and motoring magazines, DJ’ed at illegal raves and is 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.