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A Cruise to Murder

Rachel Prince Mystery Series, Book 1
Written by: Dawn Brookes
Narrated by: Alex Lee
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
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Looking for a good clean murder mystery? 

Meet Rachel Prince, a newly qualified police constable trying to hold it together after being ditched by her fiancé.

Rachel's best friend, Sarah, suggests that she needs a break and what better way to relax than a Mediterranean cruise? Sarah works as a nurse on the cruise ship and they plan to enjoy all the luxuries of cruising. At least they would do if Sarah ever got any time away from the medical centre.

Rachel makes friends with a bereaved, elderly woman and an attractive Italian but it's not long before she is convinced that something sinister is going on. There is mystery and threat surrounding Lady Marjorie Snellthorpe.

Who is the secretive Carlos and what is he up to?

Rachel finds herself in the centre of a mystery that could cost her her life, or worse still, her heart.

Has her broken engagement clouded her judgement?

Events unfold that cause her to question her sanity and when one of the passengers meets with a tragic accident, the tension grows. Rachel tries her best to relax and enjoy her holiday with her friend, but there seems to be danger around every corner. Is Marjorie in danger? Can Rachel solve the mystery even when she is in danger herself?

©2018 Dawn Brookes (P)2018 Dawn Brookes

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  • Reda G. Seal
  • 2020-01-14

Great murder mystery

I love murder mysteries and this one definitely kept me intrigued and a good clean one makes it all the more enjoyable. There were a lot of details on how cruise ships operates which I kinda enjoyed. The location descriptions were very detailed and made me want to visit them. I’m looking forward to other books by this author.

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  • CHESAPEAKE, VA
  • 2020-01-13

Great start! Fun, clean mystery

I started in audio and found I wanted the ebook to follow along. The story shifts between character's perspective. I found I had to skim back through the first few chapters to keep track of the different characters perspective. The mystery unfolds throughout the book. It was fun and kept me engaged the entire time. The narrator does an excellent job. The narration is well paced and fun to listen to. I requested and received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review. I'm so glad I did! I'm looking forward to what comes next in this series!

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  • J&M Demildt
  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • 2019-12-04

Great for cruise lovers

I went on my first cruise in February, and reading this book was just like being back there :-) I loved the description of the cruise ship and the passengers, it was so realistic! I thought the narrator did a great job although I did speed up the narration a pinch Because it was a little slow for me. I gave a story four stars because I thought the ending came from out of the blue bed but overall it was a good fun quick lesson :-) I’m looking forward to the next books in the series!

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  • DivaC
  • 2019-07-13

A nice cozy mystery

A nice cozy mystery on the high seas and you enjoy the main character and the characters she comes across like the rich old lady Marjorie who in herself was a delight. She needs a story of her own and you do kind of question her son when you first hear about him in the story and the company he associates with. Carlos was another questionable character, and you like, Rachel's friends that give her support when she needs them. It had some humor and quirkiness and it was really good. So if you ever get a chance to listen or read it check it out, you'll enjoy it.

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  • Laura
  • USA
  • 2019-07-06

Clean Cozy

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, Rachel's fiance suddenly decides that Rachel is not his forever girl and he dumps her. Totally shocked by this, Rachel needs a moment to recover. Her friend works as a nurse on a cruise ship so Rachel decides to go on a cruise go recharge her batteries. While onshore, a passenger is killed - is it an accident or murder? Rachel, a policewoman, begins to investigate.

This is a very clean cozy with some Christian references. I liked the MC and story with several fun twists - although parts were a bit predictable. For me, part of the fun of reading a cozy is to be able to guess the perpetrator amongst all the possible suspects or characters in the story - here, that was not an option. Overall, it was an entertaining read.

The narrator did a good job.

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  • Amanda
  • 2019-06-28

Excellent vacation murder mystery!

This was my first Rachel Prince mystery book and it did not disappoint. Rachel after being devastated by a man takes a cruise by herself for a little rest and relaxation. Her friend Sara works as a nurse on the cruise ship and helps to convince her to get away. During the cruise she meets a sweet little old widow and they become fast friends. However as accidents begin to occur she wonders if someone is out to hurt her new friend. Mystery mixed with a handsome secretive stranger leaves Rachel conflicted. I really enjoyed this story as well as the narration and look forward to hearing more in this series! I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Kim
  • Alabama
  • 2019-06-24

Great, Kid Friendly Mystery

Dawn Brooke's Rachel Prince mystery series are a great easy listening and reading books. I have enjoyed the 2 I read immensely.

Alex Lee does a superb job with her performance. I can't really find anything to criticize at all. Great Character voices that do not run together. The differences between the voices is subtle but easily recognizable.

Superb job by both!!

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  • Suzan
  • SF Bay Area
  • 2019-06-23

First book in series

I was gifted this audiobook by the author with the understanding that I would leave an honest review. Dawn Brookes is a new author for me and this is the first book in the series. The book started off kind of slow for me but once I got into it I was hooked. I thought Alex Lee did a great job of narrating this book. I liked Rachel Prince very much and will be looking forward to another book to see where her life will take her.

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  • cosmitron
  • 2019-06-23

More interesting then most Cruises.

A good story with a great setting and a unpredictable variety of characters produces good entertainment
and a worthwhile read.

The Narrator helps deliver the story and make the mystery at sea more interesting.





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

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 2019-06-21

Unusual!

cosy-mystery, cruise-ship, suspense, law-enforcement

Beginning with the breakup with the fiancé and moving quickly through her qualifying for law enforcement, Rachel plans to take a break from reality and join her nurse friend who works on a cruise ship to the Mediterranean. She meets a delightful new widow taking her first cruise without her husband. And then things get real. Irregularly paced, but still a pleasant read full of misdirection, plot twists, and red herrings. I liked it.
Alex Lee is the perky voice actress narrating this comfortable tale.