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Deadly Cruise

A Rachel Prince Mystery, Book 2
Narrated by: Alex Lee
Series: Rachel Prince Mystery, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Summary

Just when you thought it was safe to cruise again....

PC Rachel Prince returns to cruising after giving evidence in a difficult trial. She wants to recharge her batteries and reevaluate her future after receiving threats from the man she helped put away.

Taking Queen cruises up on their offer of a free luxury cruise aboard the Coral Queen, she opts for a sailing to New York.

Rachel's best friend and cruise nurse, Sarah is also returning to the ship to start a new nine-month contract so the timing is perfect.
Almost immediately, Rachel meets a cruise tour leader who invites her to join him and his Russian group for some of their planned activities. These activities should help pass the time during the sea days.

A crew member is found dead in his cabin - could this be another mystery brewing? Rachel's eagle eye spots some curious goings on among the Russian tour group that she finds enticing. Chief Security Officer Waverley wants Rachel to leave things alone - will she listen?

Sarah has problems of her own as conflict develops in the medical team when a new nurse is brought in at short notice.

Rachel can't resist doing a bit of snooping, but will she get to the bottom of a mysterious death and untangle this complex case before they reach New York?

©2018 Dawn Brookes (P)2019 Dawn Brookes

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  • DubaiReader
  • Holsworthy, Devon, United Kingdom
  • 14-06-19

Rachel braves another cruise.

I just watched a huge liner depart port, blaring out the song "It's time to say goodbye" as it slipped its ropes. In my ears was book 2 of Dawn Brookes' cruise liner mysteries, Deadly Cruise. I hope there are no killers on board Costa Fortuna (yes, that was really its name!).

Rachel Price is back again on board The Coral Queen. She was gifted a free VIP trip after her disastrous experiences whilst on her first cruise, but she doesn't seem to fare any better this time around. She is a police woman by profession, so it's quite believable that she will get involved in trying to solve the strange goings-on on board ship. Her friend Sarah is again on board as a ship's nurse, but I missed Lady Marjorie Snellthorpe from the first book.
There is a wealthy group of Russians and their tour guide, Thomas, and Rachel finds herself sharing a corridor with them, which can only lead to trouble.

This was again well read by Alex Lee, and although her Scottish and Philippine accents have not improved, this was still an excellent listen. Book 3 is not yet available in audio, I'm going to miss my friends from The Ocean Queen.

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Great second offering

Who would have thought so much could happen on a floating city of a cruise ship, but on this one thankfully a lot does happen.

I bet we were all really hoping that this time around Rachel has a better trip.

And to begin with it is, but trouble seems to follow Rachel around or maybe she goes looking but who knows it makes for some fun adventures.

I like the descriptions, not detailed enough to be overwhelming but just tells you enough to be able to paint a picture in your own imagination.

The story structure was well written, characters are colourful and well fleshed out, for some people on this cruise, it will be the longest trip of their lives.

I love when I simple start draws me in and keeps me interested with a twist I didn’t see coming and as far as cosy crime goes, this one was twisty.

Since the last book I enjoy seeing Rachel and her friends onboard the ship grow and become more believable,

I am proud to welcome back narrator queen Alex Lee who again does an amazing job of telling this story good pace and well told as always.

Another excellent cosy crime story , good if you have heard the first one but not essential as it works as a stand alone with minor references to the last book.

Definitely recommend this for any long time fans of cosy crime or just looking for somewhere to start.

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Cosy murder mystery

Deadly cruise is a fun, easy read cozy murder mystery. Although it’s the second book in the series, it works perfectly well as a standalone, too. (It’s not necessary, but I would recommend starting with the first book though, as there are several returning characters and references to past events.)
Our main character, Rachel is keen to start her sea adventure. She is really looking forward to cruising aboard the Coral Queen, but trouble seems to find her once again. This locked-room (locked-ship?) mystery follows her investigation as she helps the ship officials untangle the facts of the case. We learn a lot about the daily life of guests and crew of a cruise ship; it’s interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes and how much hard work it takes to make sure everyone has an enjoyable holiday.
There are surprises/clues along the way, both for the reader and Rachel, which make the story interesting and fast paced. It’s good fun to try to work out who did it. I definitely enjoyed it!
The audiobook is brought to life by Alex Lee, who is the perfect narrator for this story.

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Fun listen

And book 2! Goodness me these cruises would wear me out, but! I’d still go coz they’d be amazing
A lovely relaxing break to catch up with friends. Turns into a hunt for missing people & eyes in the back of the head for other people!
Book 1 was fun (yes I know death intrigue but it was fun) this is just as good & we get to know the characters more.
Narration was great, again kept the story ticking well & interesting.
Def worth listening to or to read.

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Great series

I love the fact that this series is set on a cruise ship. The mystery was cleverly thought out and there were plenty of red herrings to keep me questioning and guessing. I thought I had it all figured out but I was completely surprised in the final scenes.
The narrator does an excellent job and the book is very easy to listen to. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

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Super

First and foremost I must give a standing ovation to the voice talents of Alex Lee. She has the most divine BBC accent and listening to her speak the English language is balm for my soul. It's not an easy task voicing Rachel and Sarah, who are both white, middle class, young women from similar backgrounds and with a similar level of education. Yet somehow Ms Lee manages to make both voices distinct, as well as voicing accents and men; she really is a talented voice actor of the highest calibre. I feel Ms Lee could read out the phone directory and make it sound interesting. Luckily for us listeners she is not reading the telephone book but a wonderful story penned by the author Dawn Brookes. I had heard book 1, although I'm not sure if that's entirely necessary and book 2 probably works well as a standalone. Rachel Prince, police officer, is taking a well earned break on the cruise ship where her best friend works as a nurse. This isn't her first cruise and whether she'll take a 3rd remains to be seen. Whether she does or doesn't, I won't be going with her - she's a danger magnet! But she's so delightful with it. I think I pointed it out in the first book but in my opinion it's such an attractive part of these stories it warrants another mention. For me, the best part of Rachel is she doesn't exist in a vacuum as so many other central characters do. She has parents, friends, a boyfriend and she has to consider them before she makes decisions. The murder-mystery aspect of Deadly Cruise is clever and well laid out. There are enough clues for the reader to collect if they want to attempt to unmask the villain. I learned a great deal about cruise ships that I never knew and the work that goes in to giving passengers an enjoyable experience. The story has a satisfactory conclusion and although I guess it would be found under the genre of 'cosy mystery', it never comes across as twee or syrupy. I had felt quite stressed when I started this book due to a series of aggravating factors in my own life and Dawn Brookes' book managed to engage my brain sufficiently to keep it off my troubles. The tale and its reading was a captivating and relaxing 6 and a half hours, which I am thrilled to recommend most highly.

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  • TG
  • 12-05-19

Book 2, enjoyable

The second book in the series and good threads from the first but you do not have to know the first as this could also be stand alone. Likeable characters. Probably comes under a cozy mystery but with a bit more bite. Enjoyable

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Cruise and Crime a Deadly Combination.

This is a very bubbly, fast paced, well written crime drama set during a cruise. The plot has several strands which our detective on leave begins to unpick. There are several well depicted characters and several twists and turns. The novel has a hugely unexpected ending which is fitting for this highly enjoyable and well narrated book.

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  • medy
  • 11-05-19

Book 2


I enjoyed the first book and so I downloaded the second book in the series.
It's a sweet and cozy mystery, with suspense and drama. Something for everyone.

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  • Mindy H
  • 11-06-19

A Cosy Mystery for adults!

Great follow up to A Cruise To Murder! PC Prince has accepted a luxury cruise after her first cruise turned into murder and mayhem! Little does she realize that her nose for intrigue will lead her into another shop board investigation!
The author does a great job continuing to build the characters from the first story and introducing new characters! Alex Lee is a wonderful narrator that engages the reader. She does an admirable job keeping the character voices straight and her story telling is smooth and easy to follow! I truly look forward to more by this team!

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  • Beatrice
  • 09-06-19

Meh

I had a hard time getting into this book. The story didn't really appeal to me. I finished the book but I seriously doubt I will get the next book.

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  • Troublemer(tammy hovey)
  • 05-06-19

great story

This was the second book i have read in this series. These stories take place on cruises. Rachel, a former police officer, seems to find trouble on the cruises. This time it was murder of several Russian passengers. This book kept me entertained throughout. Just when you think you know what is going on and who the murderer is, you get a surprise. The narrator does great job bringing the characters to life. I was gifted this book at my request in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Christy D
  • 05-06-19

Deadly Cruise

Rachel and Sarah are back along with several of our other favorite cruise ship employees. Rachel is supposed to be on total vacation this time. But trouble just seem to follow her. Or perhaps it is just part of her job to have a keen eye. This story is fun and will keep you guessing. Nice job on the narration by Alex Lee.

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  • Jan M
  • 02-06-19

Deadly Cruise

Dawn Brookes has made me a fan of Rachel Prince. I love the imagery she writes in this cozy mystery series, the twists and turns, the unexpected culprit. I love it when I do not guess the correct suspect!. Alex Lee was wonderful performing this book! I could hear exactly who was speaking. I loved how she gave the various characters distinguishable voices and accents. The book is both part of a series and a standalone listen. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • Kim
  • 22-05-19

Great plot!

This book was interesting and a lot of fun listening. The plot has a few twists and turns that you don't expect.

The performance was great although I did notice the narrator, Alex Lee, hasn't quite gotten the gist of the Jamaican accent. This is of little consequence as the Jamaican character has minimal participation. I just happened to notice as I am very familiar with the various island nations accents.

All in all, you will enjoy this book and keep guessing as to who is the culprit. Only to find the ultimate culprit is a complete surprise.

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  • MANI
  • 17-05-19

Deadly Cruise

The audiobook is as entertaining and suspenseful as the first book in the series. I am looking forward to the next audio book

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  • Layla
  • 16-05-19

Cozy mystery

I loved the first book so I had to get my hands on the second. I have to admit that it did not hook me as a cruise to murder. However, as the book progressed I started to get into it. I figured out who did it but the author pulled the rug from under me towards the end. Was not expecting it.
There were more characters in this book then the previous one so it took a while to remember who was who but I loved it. There is a lot of twists and turns in this book compared to the first.
Can't wait to read/listen the third book.
It is a clean read so it suitable for all.

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  • Liv
  • 16-05-19

Quick and entertaining mystery at sea novel!

I recently saw the old Columbo movie mini series that took place with him solving a murder on a cruise ship. I'm a total detective mystery genre junkie, but I normally prefer to consume those stories in a visual format - i.e. television and movie. For the last several months, I've been on such a detective mystery series and movie kick that when the opportunity came along to read this mystery at sea novel, I jumped on it. And boy am I ever glad I did!

Rachel and her best friend Sarah find themselves caught up in a murder of not one but two people on board the cruise ship. It's a week long cruise, and the story's pacing reflected that very well. I was close but not quite 100% correct in guessing whodunnit.

I also really enjoyed Alex Lee's audiobook narrating style. My ears enjoyed hearing the various accents she was able to do so smoothly. She was also very good at doing both male and female character voices which was a huge relief to me.

I'm excited to now go back and listen to Rachel's first eventual cruise ship adventure in A Cruise For Murder.