Sunday, March 18, 2012
Shore Excursion by Marie Moore
Sidney Marsh left Mississippi for the Big Apple and has never looked back. She spends her time as a travel agent and a lot of her travel agent time is spent shepherding tours throughout the world. Sidney's specialty is acting as the tour specialist for senior citizens tours; specifically the High Steppers. She has been on several tours with this group of friends.
This trip they are headed to the northern European countries; Denmark, Sweden, Russia. But someone else has boarded the cruise ship and they spell danger. One of the High Stepper women is killed, although the cruise ship tries to hush it up. Then another High Stepper, this one a male, is killed. Who is trying to kill these innocuous senior citizens, and why would they be targets? Sidney is determined to find out since the authorities don't seem interested in anything except sweeping the murders under the rug so that the tour can go on.
There are plenty of suspects. There are some younger men who are touring with the group, and why would interesting, attractive young men want to spend time with those of an older generation? Then there is the cruise ship captain. One minute he seems to be interested in Sidney, the next he is ordering her around and thwarting her investigations. There's the blonde bombshell who flirts with all the men, and even Sidney's best friend Jay is acting suspicious. Can Sidney find the killer before anyone else is killed?
This is a debut mystery from Marie Moore. It is written in the cozy, light-hearted style of a Joan Hess or Carolyn Hart. The narrative is written in first-person style from Sidney's perspective. Along with an engaging mystery, readers learn tidbits about successful cruising. Shore Excursion is the first novel in a series, and readers will be interested to see what Ms. Moore serves up next. This book is recommended for mystery readers interested in light crime dramas.