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A Cruise to Murder

Rachel Prince Mystery Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Alex Lee
Series: Rachel Prince Mystery, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
4 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Summary

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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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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  • DubaiReader
  • Holsworthy, Devon, United Kingdom
  • 12-06-19

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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Not for me

I found this book so boring and struggled to go on to each chapter.glad when it was finished and thought it had been a waste of time

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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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Loved it

What a great start to the series.
Rachel is a lovely, kind character who also happens to be a police officer with a keen sixth sense for trouble.
I loved the old lady, Marjorie, and I was hoping that everything would turn out OK for her. I'd love to see her help Rachel solve a crime in a future book.
The mystery was very good. There were a couple of red herrings and it really kept me guessing to the end.
I can't wait to read more of this series.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

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A cruise to murder

Good mystery woven into this story, and it go along at a decent pace. The author does a good job describing events and excursions while on a cruise. Overall, it was a good audiobook with plenty of action

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Easy listening

Light hearted, easy listening, good story but found the narrator overall a little bit annoying.

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Entertaining

A cosy murder mystery set on a cruise. I especially enjoyed it as I was listening to it whilst I was on a cruise myself. I didn’t particularly like the narration bit the story was entertaining.

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  • April H.
  • 13-06-19

shipping out

A Cruise to Murder
: Dawn Brookes

When Rachel is 25 years old, she just qualified as a police officer. At the same time her fiance dumps her for another woman. Rachel's friend works on a cruise ship and talks her into taking a cruise. Here the reader gets to travel along with an interesting group of characters. There are enough twists and turns and false leads to keep the listener's mind turning. This is more of a cozy mystery than a police mystery. A nice clean listen, with a good setup for the next book.



The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed by Alex Lee.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Mindy H
  • 09-06-19

Fantastic cost mystery!

A great cost mystery! I enjoyed the way the story story built up to the mystery. The character and story line were nicely developed! Great book, even better when you realize this is a the first book by the author. The audio narration was clean and easy to follow, not a simple fast with the abundance of characters! I look forward to more by this team!

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  • Kandice C.
  • 31-05-19

Extremely enjoyable

I found this book to be extremely enjoyable. There is a great combination of mystery, suspense, humor and fun characters. The narrator brings each character to life with a great voice.

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  • Liv
  • 27-05-19

I'm hooked!

★¸¸.•*¨*•★Spoiler Free Review★•*¨*•.¸¸★

My tags for this mystery novel are…
Cruise ship setting / Unpredictable / Easy-to-read / Entertaining / Interesting characters / Page-turner

★¸¸.•*¨*•★Unabridged Audiobook Info★•*¨*•.¸¸★
Series: Rachel Prince Mystery, Book 1
Formats owned: Kindle e-book and Audible Audiobook
Narrated by: Alex Lee
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
Release Date: 10-10-18
Publisher: Oakwood Publishing
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Overall ★★★★½
Alex Lee’s Performance ★★★★★
Story ★★★★☆
I finished this mystery at sea a couple of days ago. Since I’ve already read book 2, Deadly Cruise I can say that it was even better than this very good start to this Rachael Prince series. I’m definitely planning on reading book 3 as soon as it’s available in audiobook format because I love the audiobook narrator style of voice acting. 👍👍

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  • Layla
  • 16-05-19

Cozy mystery

I love cruise murder mysterious. I have never been on one (a cruise not murder) and the author sounds like she knows what she is talking about.
I was hooked from the beginning and kept on reading/listen to the very end.
Can't wait for the next book in the series.
I would highly recommend it.
It is a clean read so it is suitable for all.

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  • Deedra
  • 15-11-18

A Cruise to murder

Loved it!A new twist on the cozy mystery.Why not one on the go?Looking forward to more of Rachels adventures. Alex Lee was a great narrator! Most accents were very good.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Christine M. Roy
  • 13-11-18

Good Listen - Cozy Mystery

After just coming back from my first Southern Caribbean cruise I was intrigued by the title. The book follows a newly single constable cruising on a ship that her friend works on. There is murder and romance and interesting accounts of what it is like on a cruise ship. Overall a good listen and I was pleased with the narration.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • bluepits73
  • 09-11-18

A Cozy Mystery

The author did a really good job developing the characters and keeping you on your toes throughout the story. It is nice that we were introduced to the characters in such a way that makes them seem real and relatable. The circumstances that brings all the characters together was realistic and the author does a great job with descriptions. It wasn't super fast paced, but I never felt like it was slow at any point.

A cozy mystery that is a quick evening listen. I really enjoyed it.

The narrator does a good job of staying consistent and differentiating between characters so that you know which 'voice' belongs to which character.

Great writing and narration!

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Darcie
  • 08-11-18

a peaceful Mediterranean cruise...not!

Rachel Prince is devastated after her fiance leaves her for another woman. This young police woman needs some time to put the pieces of her heart back together, and what better way than to take a 2 week cruise on the Mediterranean? Rachel's best friend, Sarah, is a nurse on a cruise ship and encourages her friend to take the time to relax. Rachel befriends an elderly widow, who is taking her first cruise without her dearly departed husband, and enjoys her time with the dame. When it appears that attempts have been made on the widow's life, Rachel begins to investigate. Can it be the handsome man that shares her table and has been coming on to her? When someone on the cruise is murdered and it appears to be mistaken identity...the victim had been wearing the coat of Rachel's elderly friend...Rachel and the ship's security join forces to catch a killer. Great story that keeps you guessing...you'd never guess who was behind the attempted murder!
I was provided this audio book at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Jan M
  • 05-11-18

Delightful Listen!

I really enjoyed this book and found myself pulled in from the very beginning. I loved being wrong about who the killer was too! Typically I do not peg the wrong killer, so when I do, I must congratulate the author for that awesome twist. Without giving away spoilers, I thought Dawn Brookes wrote a great book. Alex Lee was the perfect narrator for this British story and had impeccable accents. I love it when I can hear exactly whom is speaking. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator in the future. This is a standalone listen and the start of a series.