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The Missing Sapphire of Zangrabar: A Patricia Fisher Mystery - A Cozy Mystery Adventure (Patricia Fisher Cruise Ship Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
When life gives you lemons, empty your cheating husband’s bank accounts and go on a cruise.
That’s right, isn’t it?
Fuelled by anger, and decision impaired by gin, Patricia boards the world’s finest luxury cruise ship for a three-month tour of the world …
… and awakes to find herself embroiled in a thirty-year-old priceless jewel theft.
Less than twenty-four hours after setting sail, she’s accused of murder and confined to her cabin. Thankfully, she is staying in the royal suite and that means she has a butler to help her. When he recruits his gym instructor BFF, Barbie, the trio turn detective to find the real killer.
But someone on board doesn’t want them to succeed and when the next body is found in her kitchen, the team realise it’s more than just her freedom at stake.
They’d better solve this fast or all three of them might be next.
Read this fast-paced adventure as a middle-aged housewife throws off the shackles of her old life and becomes the woman she was always meant to be.
Don’t miss this funny, cozy mystery series.
Author guarantee: This series contains no profanity and no graphic descriptions of sex or violence.
'This book’s roster of suspects, witnesses, and victims are all new and Steve doesn’t write a character just to have another body count, he writes each and every one to evoke some feeling, be it anger, humor, or someone you wish you had in your own roster of friends.
I always say that each new story in Steve Higg’s series is the best one yet, and this one had a lot going on, but it really was the best one for me yet.'
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- ASIN : B07S1CMVP6
- Publication date : July 1, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2970 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 405 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1074913779
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #41,679 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As she’s adjusting to the fact that the suite comes with a private butler, the courtly young Jamaican Jermaine, a suave gentleman named Jack invites her to dine with him. Over the course of several hours, she consumes far too much alcohol, and as Jack helps her back to her suite, he also relieves her of her purse.
When she realizes she’s been robbed the next morning, she and Jermaine head for Jack’s room, where they find her purse … and Jack’s body, complete with a knife buried in his back. As they’re leaving, though, they encounter deputy captain Mr. Schooner, who declares the room a crime scene … and then, in short order, proclaims Patricia the killer, to be locked in her suite under armed guard until the ship reaches St. Kitts.
However, Jermaine has a butler’s entrance, and through it, he and Barbie, the ship’s trainer, help Patricia escape to sleuth for the real murderer. They prowl in search of a mysterious man Patricia first noticed during her boozy dinner, even slipping off the ship with Patricia disguised as Jermaine’s mother (which he protests as “culturally insensitive”), until they’re able to nab the killer and prove her innocence.
But how will Patricia answer Charlie’s pleas to reunite?
Steve Higgs’ new mystery series is funny, fascinating, and proof that, for women of a certain age, life begins when you board the cruise ship.
I was staggered when it arrived. I have read independently published works before and have been alarmed by their tendency to typos, but this one was so badly made as to be unreadable. I have to read many student papers, so when I read a book it needs to be a book and not just a pile of typed pages with a binding. This book has no page numbers and no right-margin justification, among other omissions. Page numbers are not hard to add, nor is it difficult to justify the right margin. The author clearly did not care enough to accomplish these tasks, each of which would take a few seconds.
If the author doesn't care enough about the book to do these things, why should I care enough to read it?
The heroine is just your average housewife who has too long led an unexciting existence. Her partners are a Barbie Doll personal trainer who plays her coquettish role to the hilt and an overly unctuous gay butler with hidden talents. They both torture Patricia in their own funny ways and they become a great amateur trio.
There is so much British wit. So it's half Agatha Christie and half *A Comedy of Errors.* Very funny throughout, yet still there's the tension of the chase.
The author stays focused. No distractions, no bogus suspects. All leads to a satisfying conclusion.
Reading level: easy. Rating: PG-13.
But boat life can be kind of dull. The character was mostly wallowing in misery. The case was also a little too complex for a cozy mystery. Didn’t really get into it.
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It lost a star as the writer seemed to have a bit of a struggle when it came to deciding whether he was writing in British or American English; half the time it was British with British spellings and then he'd convert to American, calling lifts elevators and throwing in the odd gotten which was a trifle irritating. He also had Patricia in sixth grade at school when it should have been whichever year that corresponds to in the British education system (year 6 perhaps?).
Still, that's nitpicking; generally it was a good, fun read.