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The details and descriptions are vivid and make the cruise setting come alive. Sandy, a former TV star, has gone through some tough times but has gotten himself back together. He convinces his blind sister,Celeste, to get over her fear and perform with him once again aboard a cruise ship. Onboard, Sandy puts his sleuthing skills to work when a fellow performer is murdered. The story is told in first person and moves swiftly. There are a manageable number of suspects, each quirky in their own way. I enjoyed the relationship Sandy shared with his sister and how he supported her growth throughout the story. I haven't yet read the two previous books but that didn't in any way hinder the understanding or enjoyment of this book. Bravo Sally Carpenter.
I have searched for cruise ship books for a long time. I just love them. This combines the ship setting with a 1970s teen idol known for tv and music. It reads like some of the best tv shows from that era. I will absolutely read every book in the series and impatiently await the next one. This is so much fun!
As usual, Sally Carpenter doesn't disappoint. This time Sandy is on a cruise ship, hoping to reconnect with his blind sister (what a choice) and a murder happens. I couldn't figure out who did it until about three quarters of the way to the end. Funny, happy, uplifting and bound to put you in a great mood. This writer is top notch. If talent will out, Sally's on her way to the NY Best Seller designation for sure.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 3, 2015
This third installment finds Sandy sailing away with some fans, some strangers, some strange performers, his estranged sister and a killer!! Sandy has changed a lot over the years and is trying to be a better man, the last thing he needed was to find another dead body. So he puts on his super sleuth shoes and tries to catch the murderer all while trying to repair his relationship with his sister.
Sally Carpenter has introduced us some interesting new characters. My favorite was Sandy’s sister, Celeste. She was a folk singer herself back in the day but when Sandy’s career took off her career stalled out and she became a bit of a recluse. Sandy had not seen her in years and she blames him for the demise of her career so it is important to him that she comes on the cruise with him. Celeste is also blind but I seemed to almost forget that some of the time. She makes some huge changes during this cruise.
The story is also well written and flowed very well. I really liked the way she writes Sandy. He is not an investigator at all, but he is not afraid to just go for it and ask questions of anyone and everyone. Things do not always go well with Sandy’s approach but in the end they work. You will feel sorry for him and giggle at the same time at some of the predicaments he gets himself into.
All the books in the series have been fun to read. I hope Sandy is out and about with another caper for us soon!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 11, 2015
Former 1970s teen idol and TV sleuth, Sandy Fairfax, is trying to rebuild his stalled career with a cruise ship concert. He tries to convince his blind sister, Celeste, also a musician, to travel with him although there is some animosity there because she had accused him of trying to sabotage her singing career.
When a character known as "Miss Rude Remarks" (Jodie Russ) is found strangled in Sandy's dressing room with one of his scarves tied around her neck, it seems that somebody wants her out of the way in addition to blaming Sandy for the murder.
With a deviously fun plot and a slew of quirky characters—the president of Sandy's fan club, a piano-playing cowboy, a magician, a comic/ventriloquist and his dummy, a choreographer and an old girlfriend that shows up to complicate matters, it's hard to tell who wanted Jodie dead the most.
Lots of action, fast-paced dialogue and adventure/danger make this a fun book to read.
What can be better than a summer cruise? Former 1970s teen idol and TV sleuth, Sandy Fairfax grabs a gig on a cruise ship and takes his musician blind sister with him. Only Sandy gets more celebrity than he may have wanted when someone is found dead, in his room, strangled, with one of his scarves. As with most cruises, there is a variety of passengers and suspects: the president of Sandy's fan club, a piano-playing cowboy, a magician, a comic/ventriloquist and his dummy, a choreographer and an old girlfriend. This is a feel-good cozy offering beach-giggles along with a fast paced mystery keeping you guessing,
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 26, 2015
Sally Carpenter's newest installment in this series is a sure hit. This fun whodunit will win you over from the start. Sandy and his sister Celeste are going on a cruise to perform. What they didn't sign up for was a murder and when that takes place Sandy gets on the case to try and find out who would kill a singer that was on board. You will be on the edge of your seat eagerly waiting to find out what will happen. Don't miss a minute of this great book.