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Looking for a good clean murder mystery? 

Meet Rachel Prince, a newly qualified police constable trying to hold it together after being ditched by her fiancé.

Rachel's best friend, Sarah, suggests that she needs a break and what better way to relax than a Mediterranean cruise? Sarah works as a nurse on the cruise ship and they plan to enjoy all the luxuries of cruising. At least they would do if Sarah ever got any time away from the medical centre.

Rachel makes friends with a bereaved, elderly woman and an attractive Italian but it's not long before she is convinced that something sinister is going on. There is mystery and threat surrounding Lady Marjorie Snellthorpe.

Who is the secretive Carlos and what is he up to?

Rachel finds herself in the centre of a mystery that could cost her her life, or worse still, her heart.

Has her broken engagement clouded her judgement?

Events unfold that cause her to question her sanity and when one of the passengers meets with a tragic accident, the tension grows. Rachel tries her best to relax and enjoy her holiday with her friend, but there seems to be danger around every corner. Is Marjorie in danger? Can Rachel solve the mystery even when she is in danger herself?

©2018 Dawn Brookes (P)2018 Dawn Brookes

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Sun, surf and murder what more could you want

I enjoyed this book. It is a nice easy cozy mystery that had a few twists to keep the story interesting until the end. I like the behind the scenes look at the cruise ship and it gives you a feel of what it would be like to work there and think it makes for a very unusual setting for a murder.
When Rachel's relationship breaks down her best friend talks her into joining her on a cruise ship to cheer her up and to celebrate her passing her exams to become a police woman. Rachel as a passenger and Sarah as a nurse on the luxury cruise ship. Rachel soon makes friends with a number of guests including an elderly lady called Marjorie. When Marjorie seems to be the victim of some unfortunate accidents Rachel's police training kicks in and she wonders why anybody would want to kill a sweet old lady. This thinking gets her suspecting everybody on board the ship including the good looking man at her own dinning table but when another passenger is killed Rachel step up her sleuthing by turning into a body guard. With just hours until the ship reaches the final port can Rachel unmask a kill and keep Marjorie alive.
I like the narrator and think she does a good job, especially as she has to do accents from all over the globe.

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Enjoyable read

I read this on audible whilst walking the dog! It was easy to listen to and was ok for dibbing in and out of over a couple of days. The story line was easy to follow and in the easy listening British crime that reminded me a little of a bygone time rather Agatha Christie like. I would recommend to others who like a non violent mystery with a couple of red herrings along the way!

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Is there a murderer on board?

I have been listening to this as an audiobook whilst on a boat, watching the comings and goings of huge cruise liners, the size of blocks of flats. I've never really had much of an urge to take a cruise and the bigger these vessels get, the less likely I am to join one. I am quite happy to experience the pleasure second hand through Dawn Brookes' murder mysteries.

Rachel Price has just completed her police exams and qualified to join the force. She is also recovering from the shock of being dumped by her fiance, in favour of another woman, which has seriously damaged her self confidence. Her old school friend, Sarah, who works on board the 'Coral Queen' as a nurse, suggests that Rachel takes a break on board the ship, to unwind and relax.
She soon meets up with the elderly Lady Marjorie Snellthorpe, who is taking her first cruise alone, since the death of her husband. She also finds herself falling for a handsome Italian man, except that he is behaving very suspiciously. Rachel is not at all sure who she can trust.

I enjoyed this cozy murder mystery, assisted by the narration by Alex Lee, although her Scottish and Philippine accents were a little dodgy. Dawn Brookes does a good job of introducing us to the experience of cruising and it was interesting to get an idea of life behind the scenes. It hasn't changed my mind about joining a cruise boat, but it certainly made watching the ones near me, much more interesting.

On to book 2, Deadly Cruise.

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A Mystery On The Ocean Waves.

This is a well written, artfully crafted and beautifully narrated mystery novel. The central characters, Rachael, a newbie cop on a vacation and Sarah, the ships nurse, are well rounded and very personable. The plot with its twists, turns and dead ends moves along at just the right pace. I was thuroughly entertained from start to finish.

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Mystery with a carribean twist

Take a classic feeling mystery,mix in a cocktail and you have this fantastic story.

I loved the windswept and interesting locations we visited in this adventure, never sure if the people you met were really who they said they were.

The lead characters Rachel and Sarah, two old friends, I enjoyed how a cruise ship and a murder can’t come between friends

I enjoyed the exoticness of the locations , while I listened I could picture the scenes, always a sign of a well thought out book, I enjoyed the other major and minor characters

as I said a great twist on a classic who dunnit I would love there to be more of these types of stories, if anyone knows any let me know.

The narrator for this joyous cruise was Alex Lee and she does an excellent job of telling the story and making the characters come to life.

If you want a murder mystery with an exotic twist then I definitely recommend this.

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Fabulous

Fabulous book. Good narrator, accents done well. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Story line riveting making me want to read more from this author. Would definitely like to hear this narrator again.

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Lovely!

I've never fancied cruising, until now! Dawn Brookes has done an excellent job of selling me on a cruise. I acquired dogs to walk because everyone knows that it's dog walkers who always find a dead body, but 10 years on and nothing! Now if I could meet the kind of people on this cruise, it would be worth it. I loved the fact that our heroine, Rachel, had parents and friends. So many of our fictional police officers are unloved and broken, it was a pleasure the meet one who had a life outside "the job". Rachel and Sarah's friendship was believable and lovely. This is a genuine cosy mystery, because despite the murder and the intrigue, there was a wonderful sense of warmth, friendship, mutual respect and care through this entire story. It lifted my heart and I absolutely loved that element. I'm not usually a cosy mystery type of person, but Dawn Brookes has enticed me with her superb writing and clever story telling. Excellent narration by Alex Lee added another layer of enjoyment to this eloquent and articulate tale. Highly recommended.

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Dull as ditch water

This is possibly the lamest story I have listened to in a long time. Lack lustre characters uninspiring plot. I like a gentle murder for a bit of escapism but there was not even a murder and nothing to investigate or mystery to puzzle out. It was not a descent romance either just boring and dull. Avoid at all costs

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Brilliant murder mystery twists Al the time

Absolutely brilliant murder mystery with twists and turns all the way through, narration was very good

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Awful narration, robotic, poor accents.

Narration is terrible, poor accents, sounds like an old woman when the main character is young.
The story is very very slow going....
I stuck with it due to all the great reviews for the whole series, I thought that it would definitely get better as it went along.....
Sigh but alas......another one to return.

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  • SVG
  • 18-05-20

A fun listen

My first book by this author, it was quite an entertaining and stress free read/listen. Murder set on a cruise gave me a locked room kind of a feel to it which kept my interest going. I was not very keen about the workimgs of a ship, but getting to the identutu of the killer was interesting.
Rachel was delightful, though some parts were predictable. Today I found comfort in that predictability.
The narrator was okay.
A delightful cozy murder mystery.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-03-20

A Cruise to Murder

Rachel Prince is a newly minted police constable taking her first cruise. During the cruise while making new friends and visiting with a good friend, she begins to suspect there is something going on but she isn't sure what.

This is a well-paced cozy mystery that give you enough of a glimpse into the character's personal life so you care, but not much which can take away from the mystery.

I think Alex Lee did a great job on the narration and I am looking forward to to my next listen in this series

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  • Jess H.
  • 19-01-20

fun murder mystery

The Narrator was great, different voices for different people. Fun murder mystery, interesting characters, unsure who did it until end. I didn't like who did it and you'll understand why at the end.

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  • DonnaC
  • 13-01-20

Great start! Fun, clean mystery

I started in audio and found I wanted the ebook to follow along. The story shifts between character's perspective. I found I had to skim back through the first few chapters to keep track of the different characters perspective. The mystery unfolds throughout the book. It was fun and kept me engaged the entire time. The narrator does an excellent job. The narration is well paced and fun to listen to. I requested and received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review. I'm so glad I did! I'm looking forward to what comes next in this series!

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  • Amanda
  • 28-06-19

Excellent vacation murder mystery!

This was my first Rachel Prince mystery book and it did not disappoint. Rachel after being devastated by a man takes a cruise by herself for a little rest and relaxation. Her friend Sara works as a nurse on the cruise ship and helps to convince her to get away. During the cruise she meets a sweet little old widow and they become fast friends. However as accidents begin to occur she wonders if someone is out to hurt her new friend. Mystery mixed with a handsome secretive stranger leaves Rachel conflicted. I really enjoyed this story as well as the narration and look forward to hearing more in this series! I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • grey
  • 27-01-21

Books fantastic, narrator gets harder to tolerate

Really good. It had the pace of a cozy, while at the same time offering more meat to the story along with concerns that felt less fluffy than a normal cozy. Enjoyed a lot. I will definitely look for more. The narrator worked for me as she was steady and not super emotional, which felt like it matched both the main character and the overall tone.

UPDATE: I have almost finished 6 books but some in kindle as I have found that each successive book makes me want to scream a little more over the narrator. She is high-pitched, and has a horrible "character laugh" if you know what I mean. It is sort of cringy and ruins the moments for me. Also, she clears her throat for a person who the repeatedly writes as coughing. Different and annoying. I have to return the unfinished audio ones and get these in kindle.

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  • Melissa Rose
  • 12-12-20

Fun mystery to scratch the travel itch

I wasn't sure to expect when I picked up A Cruise to Murder by Dawn Brookes as she was not an author that I had ever read or heard of before. So, I was delighted when I discovered that this book was a super fun mystery to scratch the travel itch during the 2020 lockdown.

What I liked was that even though it is labeled a Christian book, A Cruise to Murder wasn't too overbearing and heavy-handed with those particular themes, making it suitable for the non-religious (like myself.

My only complaint was that the book felt a bit rushed/abrupt in parts, and the killer felt a bit random and out of the blue.

Overall, I enjoyed A Cruise to Murder and will check out the rest of the books in the Rachel Prince series.

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  • leigh sharpe
  • 18-09-20

Fun Series

Enjoyed this immensely...The narrator has a soothing voice as well. The characters in this story are fun to get to know. Ms. Marjorie being my favorite of all...she's a sweetheart . So happy Rachael was looking out for her.

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  • Nicole
  • 24-03-20

Great book

Great books that gets cruising nuances right! Good mystery and keeps you guessing

I received a free copy and left my honest review

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  • Reda G. Seal
  • 14-01-20

Great murder mystery

I love murder mysteries and this one definitely kept me intrigued and a good clean one makes it all the more enjoyable. There were a lot of details on how cruise ships operates which I kinda enjoyed. The location descriptions were very detailed and made me want to visit them. I’m looking forward to other books by this author.