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A Cozy Mystery for us Elders

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,

The Cruise Ship Lost My Daughter

by Morgan Mayer (aka Carrie Rubin)

5/5

From Amazon:

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.

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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.

65 thoughts on “A Cozy Mystery for us Elders

    • Cozies can actually apply to any genre. The writer basically keeps the violence and sex off-screen and the main character is an amateur. It’s a nice break from the in-your-face genres.

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  1. You are so kind to post your review here, Jacqui, thank you so much! (And for sharing it to Twitter too.) I’m so happy you liked it. I had a great time writing it, and although Sheila and Shane are not my mom and stepdad, I might have used some of their personalities to fuse into these two characters, and certainly our experiences! Thank you again. Your post made my day. (And the timing is great because the ebook is currently on sale for 99 cents. 🙂 )

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  2. Hi Jacqui – sounds great fun – especially as it’s centred around the UK … so I’d be able to relate. Also it includes art – and that’d be interesting. I’ve noted! Take care – Hilary

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  3. I’ve noticed more and more books, television shows, and movies with “older” main characters lately. I think us babyboomers are a big audience and the market is recognizing that. This sounds like a great read and I love the way you describe Sheila and Shane. Thanks for the review!

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    • That is true! When I finally turned to it (out of boredom), I wondered why I had downloaded the book, didn’t connect it to any of my Indie friends, and read it because I had nothing better! What a wonderful surprise!

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