I don’t read a lot of cozy mysteries but was drawn to this one because I’ve loved Carrie Rubin’s thrillers (see my review of The Bone Curse). She has a way with spinning a tale, connecting the dots, keeping the pace perfect. I never thought a thriller author could switch to cozies but Carrie did it well.
Let me back up and tell you about the book,
by Morgan Mayer (aka Carrie Rubin)
After weeks of no answers from the authorities, Sheila and Shane McShane, a spry and tenacious octogenarian couple from New Hampshire, board the magnificent Celestial of the Seas to look for their daughter on the same British Isles cruise she went missing from six weeks before.
Guided by Sheila’s intuition and Shane’s logic, they uncover clues about Shanna’s disappearance, but the closer they come to the truth, the greater the danger, including from a mysterious stranger.
Drawn from a British Isles cruise with the author’s parents, The Cruise Ship Lost My Daughter is a cozy mystery full of humor and heart, one that takes the reader on a spirited caper from Scotland to Belgium and sails into the real-life world of art.
They got everything right. I loved the story from beginning to satisfying conclusion. I’m almost 70 so was drawn to these elders who still had enough spunk and brainpower to track down their lost daughter when the professionals couldn’t. They didn’t miss a clue, found many others missed.
I bought the book because Carrie Rubin writes thrillers I’ve always enjoyed. By the time I got to the book on my TBR list, I’d forgotten it was her, thanks to the pseudonym, so I read it like I would any new book, no preconceived notions of greatness, talent, and quality. I don’t know how Carrie transferred her skill from thrillers to cozies but she did it perfectly. You will enjoy this book.
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.