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Murder On Deck

Jerria Danson Mysteries, Volume 2
Narrated by: Ginger Walton
Series: Jerria Danson, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
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When mild real estate agent Jerria and her husband embark on an Alaskan cruise with friends, she can’t wait to enjoy one last vacation before the demands of a big change at home swamp her. But against Alaska’s beauty, passengers begin suffering from a rash of illness that is more than routine Mal de Mer. Jerria suspects they are being systematically poisoned. Can she discover who’s behind the nefarious plan before succumbing to it herself? Come along as Jerria experiences the Great Land day by day, with details rich enough to plan your own Alaskan cruise, minus the exotic poison.

©2017 Deb Graham (P)2017 Deb Graham

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This, the second of the Jarria and Will Ransom cruise mysteries is great fun. Yes, there are deaths but the real pleasure of this book is in taking a laid back holiday with friends - the Dansons again meet up with Nan and Charlie, the couple first encountered on the traumatic previous trip, as well as meeting new people. As the reader travels with them on a sailing towards Anchorage, there are many things to enjoy: like food, Scrabble, games of Trivia, food, line dancing, shopping,, chatter, food, sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge, whales, food, stunning scenery and even the Northern Lights. Oh, did I mention food? There is even an on board murder mystery themed dinner, a "pretend mystery inside of a real one."

This is a book which concentrates on the characters, who become real people trying to enjoy their relaxing holiday together despite the unfortunate incidents occuring around them whilst simultaneously talking about it and trying to solve the puzzle. The biggest mystery of all is, of course, why Jarria ever allowed herself to be talked into going on a second cruise after having been so upset the first time round. But then, we all do incomprehensible things at times - and, hopefully she will be persuaded by Will to take a third trip soon.

Ginger Walton's narration, too, is simply delicious. Her lovely honey gravelled voice is the perfect medium to tell this story, her reading well modulated and nicely paced. The individual vocal interpretations of each protagonist is not particularly different but that doesn't matter, she is such a pleasure to hear and the reader is further pulled into a pleasant holiday fun by had warm delivery. At one point Ms.Walton even has to sing: that, too, is lovely.

This is as much a holiday for the reader as it is a mystery story. All without having to leave the comfort of one's home. My especial thanks to the rights holder of Murder on Deck for the free gifting of it to me, via Audiobook Boom. It was a treat. I sincerely hope that there will be more in this delightful series in the future.

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  • Catrina P
  • 22-09-17

A mystery on a cruise ship

This is book 2 in the Jerria Danson series, but it can certainly be enjoyed as a stand alone. Some of the characters from book 1 were back, and the author does a great job of providing enough detail to understand the relationships if you haven't had the chance to read the first book.

I really enjoyed the descriptions of the locations. For the places I've been, they were spot on, and I felt like I was right back there.

There was definitely more of a mystery with this book. I liked not knowing for certain who the culprit was until we got near the end of the story.

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

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  • Troublemer(tammy hovey)
  • 02-09-17

A cruise to die for

I am always looking for cozy mystery type stories. When i first started this story i was unsure about it. It seemed it was only about a cruise. However, the more i listened the more i liked. It was about Jerria and her husband and friends going on a cruise to Alaska where they met other people and had a lot of fun. Then people started getting sick and no one could figure out why. The two of the passengers died. Even the CDC was called in to investigate the mystery. Come on the cruise and find out what happens. I must say i enjoyed the book. I felt like i was on the cruise. I wanted to eat and shop too. Loved it. I would like to listen to more of these stories. I received this audio book free in exchange for a honest review.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 20-01-20

Good Clean Plot & Narration

Jerria’sv is off on a second cruise, to enjoy the wonders of Alaska. Time with friends and exploring.Something is happening to the passengers, and it wasn’t a natural thing, can Jerria figure out what it is and have time to relax and enjoy cruise. Good narrative. and plot. Given ARC audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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  • Jan
  • 06-10-19

Off to Alaska!

cruise-ship, friendship

Despite a major shake up in staffing most of the ship's staff do a great job, except for a couple of really obnoxious characters who contrast severely with the passengers and the rest of the crew. The characters are all interesting and engaging even the negative ones, and the whole story is great for those of us who cannot do a cruise. It's pretty obvious that no business could afford such blatantly negative employees so that aspect of the book clearly defined it as fiction. Totally enjoyed the read.
Narrator Ginger Walton has a smooth and clear delivery.
I won this audiobook in a giveaway! :)

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  • padavius
  • 06-10-19

Languid

I like Alaska. I love cruising. I get enthralled by a good murder mystery. Therefore, I wanted very much to like this story, but it had some major flaws that just couldn't be ignored. Foremost among these is that the pacing of the story was very sloooooooow, which takes the excitement out of a whodunit. Also, the plot, though replete with red herrings, was too easy to figure out. I also felt that some of the events that unfolded onboard were at variance with what would actually happen on a cruise ship.

A less problematic issue was the narration quality: The narrator had trouble with some word pronunciations, had almost no distinction among the characters' voices, and had a somewhat robotic cadence that omitted pauses where they could have been important.

In the end, it felt like this book would be more appreciated by a narrower demographic, i.e., retiree cruisers who like a slow pace adventure with a mildly interesting mystery thrown in to keep things more interesting.

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  • BookLover
  • 05-07-19

Cruising Ahead

Great mystery of whodunit. I have not listened to book 1, however, book 2 was easy for me to follow and worked fine as a stand alone. I have been on several cruises and in fact, just booked an cruise for Alaska last month (nothing to do with this book) and the book was very accurate boat setup, drills, food, etc. I have never once been on a cruise where the staff was not friendly and did what they could to help the customer (after all the customer's do pay their salary). I was surprised to find out who the killer was and in my heart was a little disappointed, as I actually was fond of the character.

The narration was done by Ginger Walton and was distracted by the rustling of papers, fast speaking and no breaks at the end of sentences. I did however enjoy the intercom and liked the creativity

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

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  • Layla
  • 26-06-19

Murder on Deck

This is not really a mystery since we know who did it. It reminds me a bit of Columbo. Also, the amateur sleuth didn't really do anything to investigate what was going on. They heard things and people told them things but they did not investigate.
If you want to know what a cruise to Alska is like then read/listen to this book because it concentrated heavily on that then the mystery.

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  • cosmitron
  • 23-06-19

Enjoy this Cruise without the Dramamine.

Well Cruise Critics here is a great Audio book to enliven your next Cruise.The characters and setting may look familiar
but take it easy on the food and drinks.

Oh yeah it would be a good idea if you add Insurance before you make your final payment.


The Narrator is the Cruise entertainment director and helps the passengers have a good time especially if they skip a few meals.





This Book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • April H.
  • 23-06-19

Alaska cruising

Murder On Deck
: Deb Graham

As a person that's never been on a cruise I found this entertaining. The sites that were described sound familiar because others I know told of their Alaskan cruises. However they didn't have murder mystery onboard. A nice clean book with believable characters. Thanks for the interesting escape.



The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed by: Ginger Walton.



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  • J.B. Snow
  • 19-06-19

Murder on Deck is a fun thriller aboard a ship

Murder on Deck is a fun thriller that takes place aboard a cruise ship. The opening scenes entice the listener to want to figure out what will happen next to the characters in the story. The book is written in a fun style, and the narrator does a great job in acting out the various characters involved. I liked the social aspects of the story the best and how the characters interact with one another makes the story line believable.
I received a free copy of Murder on Deck in exchange for my honest review. People who enjoy murder mysteries, True Crime, thrillers and whodunit will find this story engaging.