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Dying to Cruise

A Rachel Prince Mystery, Book 4
Narrated by: Alex Lee
Series: Rachel Prince Mystery, Book 4
Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
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Summary

The only thing worse than getting stuck aboard a cruise ship with a murderer, is discovering that your ex is on board, too...

When you spurn a cold-blooded killer, vengeance will someday follow. 

Rachel thinks she is living the dream. Taking a cruise around Australia and New Zealand as a guest lecturer and meeting up again with her best friend, cruise ship nurse, Sarah. The scene is set for the holiday of a lifetime!

Rachel Prince is drawn to investigate when the leader of a bucket list tour party is discovered in the library on the first day of her antipodean cruise. Can this seemingly harmless group of elderly people have a killer among them?

Difficulties abound for everyone when an interim chief of security causes countless problems and appears to take an intense dislike of Sarah. Not trusting the new chief to get to the bottom of the murder, Rachel investigates on her own, soon discovering that the dead woman from the bucket list tour party had been receiving anonymous threatening emails. To make matters infinitely worse, Rachel's ex turns up on board, and things start to go horribly wrong.

The cruise ship sleuth needs to work fast to find out if one of the gentle elders on the bucket list tour is a murderer while avoiding her ex like the plague.

©2019 Dawn Brookes (P)2020 Dawn Brookes

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You don't need to be dying to enjoy

I enjoyed this book. This is book four in the series and I have listened to all of them and thought they were great and this book is no exception. The characters are interesting and I like the mix of passengers and staff and the way they work well together to get to the bottom of the mystery. There was plenty of suspects and clues to keep you guessing. The added story line of the ex fiancee on the cruise to disrupt Rachel happy life was interesting and added another twist to the plot. Rachel is on another cruise, this time as a paid guest and everybody one board hopes it won't be like her previous trips as the head of security if off on his honeymoon. However there wishes aren't answered when the leader of a group knows as The bucket list tour group is killed. She had been worried for life before she set sail and shared her worries with a dear friend only for him to be the one to stumble over the body. Rachel vowing to stay out soon changes her mind when the acting head of security sets his eyes on an innocent man. Things get complicated when Rachel discovers the man who dumped her for someone else is also on board the ship. Trying to avoid him proves to be impossible when he keeps turning up where she is. Is he following her? Or someone else? With her friend Sarah and the rest of the medical team Rachel sets about to find out what is going on. Will being the self defence instructor prove to be helpful in this case? I like the narrator with her laid back English voice and think she was a good choice for this book. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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What a brilliant murder mystery by great author

I am absolutely loving this series of Murder mysteries with all the twists and turns, narration is really good

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Love these

Aaaah Rachel you don’t seem to get cruise means a holiday fo you! And thank goodness as where we go for the shenanigans & mayhem this lady has follow her around. I love these adventures & her. She’s a full character & fun (yes I know murder) but she is!!

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Hard to get into

I found the story quite hard to understand and get into. I listened to it twice as I often do as first time around I couldn’t work out who was who probably where I missed a bit. I enjoyed it although felt story was a bit drawn out

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Entertaining and fun

While this is part of a series it’s a great stand alone as well. Rachel Prince has a knack for being on aboard the Coral Queen when there is a murder and intrigue. Helped by her medic friends and ship security, she manages to solve the crime and have a good bit of fun too! The narration is wonderful and helps the story move along at an engaging pace! Over all great story!

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Murder and Mayhem at Sea

Another cruise for Rachel Prince, this time around Australasia, and they barely get out of port before the first body is found. Poor old Rachel - if I was her I wouldn't dare go cruising again! I love these books. Meeting Rachel again is like catching up with an old friend as she is extremely likeable. Her friend, nurse Sarah is also back, but so is Rachel's ex fiancé, and undercover police sergeant! Once again the story is fun with enough twists and turns to keep me happy. I love the settings of these books and the lovely detailed descriptions of life on a cruise ship make me want to be on board, if it wasn't for the murders! If you're looking for a well written, humorous cosy crime novel with a great setting then I highly recommend this series. The audible narration by Alex Lee was brilliant, as always.

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Still cruising after all those deaths

An old cliche probably says that it takes a great story to make a great book, but with audio, a great story can meet break point if the narrator isn't up to the job. In this instance, Alex Lee appears perfect for the job. She talks through each character with great power and accuracy, although I must have missed Jason the security man coming from 'up north' in the previous stories in this series. The narrator makes every character stand out, and with an easy listening voice (and range of voices) the story flows very well. The writer is always consistent within this series and we know what to expect, by not knowing what to expect and whodunnit. I ended up guessing the villain was several of those present although once revealed, it did all make sense. After so many murders, I expect the cruise line to ban Rachel Prince from cruising with them, but she solves each mystery, so I guess she'll be back on board again very soon. Great story, excellent narration, satisfying ending.

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Dying to Cruise

The characters that repeat in this series are so fun. I wish Rachel's boyfriend would join us again on one of her adventures. Unfortunately this time we get her ex who broke Rachel's heart. But we lots of wisdom form the bucket list crew and the author! I loved that part of this story. I however did not like the temporary replacement security guard. Of course that was supposed to be like that! This was another fun mystery in the series that I totally enjoyed. Nice job on the narration.

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Cozy murder mystery

I was given a copy of the audio version of this book in return for an honest review and here it is! This was a cozy murder mystery which was easy to listen to. I liked the variety of characters and the story line was well developed, kept me guessing throughout. The narrator read the story beautifully.

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A treat fit for a Prince

Oh Rachel Prince, you are a murder magnet! The ship has barely left port and the first victim has fallen. Once again, due to a combination of Rachel's sleuthing skills and her natural charm, she befriends all the right people to enable her to solve the mystery. What I like about Rachel Prince is the fact that she doesn't exist in a vacuum. She has parents, friends and a boyfriend. She has a back story, she grew up in a loving family with 'normal' parents and is still friends with Sarah, from their childhood. This makes the character so much more credible. How can you fail to engage with someone who is such a good daughter and friend? She's the kind of person I'd like to have as a friend. We meet up again with all the previous characters. The medical team aboard ship and Waverley, the chief of security. It was like getting together with close friends you haven't seen for ages. Alex Lee narrates with her usual aplomb. All in all a mystery, (or two), solved by a likeable character and her sidekicks who I have grown terribly fond of. A great story in a great series.

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  • leigh sharpe
  • 18-09-20

Just pure entertainment!

The tour group on this cruise is too funny! Gotta love the bucket listers!! I really like this series like the security characters..Sarah is a sweetheart...Wish I could get as many free cruises as she does! Like the narration very well but I have to say...My sense of humor is better..

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  • Michelle
  • 17-06-20

So So

I started in the middle of the series...did not listen to the first three books so I was not totally familiar with the characters-not as much as I like to be. I received a free audio version of the book in exchange for an honest review. Let me say that I listen to about 210 books a year so it takes something great and different to get 5 stars. This book was okay-I enjoyed it but I did not love it-I mean how many death can one person be exposed to in a lifetime-let alone murders? I know that's the premise of this series but I find it difficult to believe (I do believe in zombie's and alien's so maybe taking my view on this is not a good idea :).

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  • Kandice C.
  • 07-06-20

Captivating

This was the first book of this series for me. I will now have to get the others too. This is a fun cozy mystery with a lot of twists and turns. Rachel is expecting a quiet cruise while giving a lecture, but gets the opposite. The narrator has the perfect voice and delivers each character extremely well.

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  • SVG
  • 18-05-20

A great listen

This was the most fun among all the books in the series I had read until now. The story had Rachel best friend Sarah on a paid holiday cruise until the ex turned up. Murder too followed this young lady. And the investigation started with a flicker or two for the ex who was on another investigation Rachel was great, she had more conflicts this time around. The author etched her character well, maybe after two books, I knew her much better now. The narrator was great, my ears got attuned to her voice so I could listen to the story at a faster speed.

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  • Reda G. Seal
  • 12-05-20

Great Cozy Murder Mystery

I have loved this series. The different cruise location for each book keeps it new and interesting. I do wish there were more details about the locations in each port, but that is just my travel bug mentality. Each book gives you more background on the different characters and I love how their stories are evolving. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

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  • kdb
  • 08-05-20

Nice cozy mystery

Rachel Prince goes on a cruise, anticipating rest, relaxation and a nice visit with her best friend, Sarah. But when the Bucket List Cruise leader, Florence Flanders, is murdered, Rachel is drawn into solving the case. The lead suspect is a man who reminds Rachel of her father and she’s convinced he didn’t commit murder. Rachel’s ex-fiancé, Robert, appears and another attempted murder occurs on the ship. When arrogant, philandering Robert is implicated, he pleads with Rachel to help him. I won’t give away spoilers, but there were lots of twists and turns and an unexpected wrap-up to the murder case. Dying to Cruise is a great read for those who enjoy murder mysteries!. I wasn't fond of the narrator until about chapter 5 when she appeared to find the individual characters. From that point, the narration was good.

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  • Deedra
  • 19-04-20

Dying to cruise

The best one yet!Rachel can not catch a cruise where there isn't a murder! She meets new friends,and some old on this one.She tries to find out who killed an elderly matron despite the horrible new head of security aboard ship. Alex Lee was sonderful at narration. was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Layla
  • 30-01-20

Dying to Curise

Out of all the books in this series this has to be my favourite. There is more than one sub plot and I think that is why it is so good, but they are linked in a way. I have to admit that I did not know who did until towards the end. My only negative was that the man who was having an affair was considered untrustworthy yet the woman he slept with, felt to me like she did no wrong yet she consented to the act while her husband was onboard the ship. If he was an idiot, then so was she. She did not have to go and sleep with him, but she chose to do it. That really irked me. Then the husband was made out the bad person (forgetting the other reasons except this one) in all of this. I am sure it was not the intention of the author, but it felt this way. I can't go into too much detail because I would end up spoiling it. But I ended up having more sympathy for the douchbag and the husband then I did for the wife. I found the love of the secondary characters hard to believe at times. The main murder suspect I felt did not really love his wife and the author over simplified things when it comes to love. It is a lot more complex and those from different culture who do end up together 80 per cent end up divorcing because of the difference or they cut ties with their family, I have seen it happen. Also, you do not forget your first love that is true but what he did I found unbelievable. Even with this negative I still loved it. I loved the twist and turns, the suspense and drama.

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  • Liv
  • 27-01-20

Can you guess the killer before Rachel does? ;)

★¸¸.•*¨*•★Minor Spoilers Alert★•*¨*•.¸¸★ What I enjoyed most about this novel… Action-packed / Witty / Wonderful characters / Original / Unpredictable / Page-turner (absorbing listen) / Easy-to-read (quick listen) / Entertaining whodunnit Format read: Unabridged Audiobook via Audible; plus, a mini reread of my Kindle e-book Writing style: Third Person Omniscient Cover design gush: I love the color palette of this one as well, so pretty! Collected in Dual Kindle & Audible Formats – Yes or No? Yes! ★¸¸.•*¨*•★★•*¨*•.¸¸★ Cruise Ship: the Coral Queen Port of call: Adelaide, South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Special Tourists Group on board: the Bucket List Cruisers; nickname for them, the Dying to Cruise aka DTC seniors DTC Tour Group Organizer & Leader: 81-year old widow Florence Flanders aka the 1st murder victim Ratings: Overall - 4.5 stars! 👏🏽 I finished another Rachel cruising adventure a little over a week or so ago. This series is always a pleasure to slip back into. I was stumped and naively dismissed the real killer in error, doh! Performance - 5 stars! Alex Lee knocked it out of the ball park yet again. She was so good with voicing both male and female characters and making each character so unique to my ears. Bravo! 👌🏽 Story - 4.5 stars! 👍🏽👍🏽 British police officer Rachel Prince returns for another cruise ship working vacation as a guest self-defense instructor on the Coral Queen passenger ship. Before the killer's big reveal, readers got to enjoy updates on secondary characters like cruise ship nurse Bernard and Chief Security Officer Waverly who'd gotten married sometime after we last saw him in book 3, Killer Cruise. And no cruise would be complete without Rachel's bestie nurse Sarah. Nurse Sarah was back on duty as one of the cruise ship's medical staff who also strangely became the irritated focus of interim Chief Security Officer Goodridge. That fact became a secondary mystery that I also didn't guess the cause of until it was revealed. I was also so relieved at who wasn't the killer. Up next in this charming cozy mystery series: book 5, A Christmas Cruise Murder, available now in Kindle format. I'm hoping this one gets an audiobook release as well, so I can keep reading in my favorite format.

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  • Troublemer(tammy hovey)
  • 18-01-20

fantastic

I love this series. This time there is a death among a bucket list passengers Racell's ex fiance, Robert is on board . Chief Waverly is on honeymoon and his replacement is a non caring, rude individual who seems to have it in for Sara. Once again Rachel has to get involved. LOL.. There is also another mystery involving Robert and an attack on a women Rachel has see him with. Rachel concludes he is on a undercover mission. What i love about these books is how Rachel picks at a mystery still the peaces all come together. Poor Rachel, one day maybe she can go on a cruise and not be a murder. LOL I was gifted this book at my request in exchange for an honest review. I do want to say that the narrator does a fantastic job.