Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper - Blog Tour Review
The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper by Sally Carpenter
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Source: Blog Tour
Description: Former teen idol, Sandy Fairfax, is hoping to rebuild his career as a performer on a cruise ship, the SS Zodiac. His main concern is making peace with his sister,Celeste, who is also a musician and who he has talked into performing with him. But plans when he stumbles on a dead body in his dressing room and when someone objects to him nosing around it could have dangerous consequences.
Why I Picked This Book: A murder on a cruise ship sounded fun and I'm not sure I've read a book that takes place on one before.
Pro: I really liked the Sandy Fairfax/Ernest Farmington character. He was very flawed, sometimes obnoxious but also genuinely nice. He came across as a very real character who was honest with himself about the highs and lows of being a former celebrity. I loved the cruise ship setting and the behind the scenes look that we as readers got through Sandy. I liked the relationship between Sandy and his sister as well as between Sandy and his fan club. The mystery itself is well done and well paced. While I had some hints as to the who it was still interesting to get there.
Con: One of the things that annoys me frequently in cozy mysteries is the amateur detective and Sandy is definitely an amateur detective. He asks questions from people who have no reason to answer him and sticks his nose where it doesn't belong regardless of personal risk and requests of law enforcement.
Overall: This is definitely a cozy with the amateur detective, a cast of somewhat over the top characters and mostly off screen violence. While it wasn't perfect it was an entertaining read . It is the 3rd in the series it can easily be read as a standalone.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: I would. This isn't an auto-buy series for me but I enjoyed this one enough that I would read others if the plot intrigued me.
Would I Recommend this Book?: I think cozy lovers would enjoy this one. It's definitely a unique premise.