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The Missing Sapphire of Zangrabar: A Patricia Fisher Mystery (Patricia Fisher Cruise Ship Mysteries) Paperback – June 30, 2019
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- Publisher : Independently published (June 30, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 225 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1073550044
- ISBN-13 : 978-1073550043
- Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.57 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #122,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.