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About the Author :
Fiona Leitch is a writer with a chequered past. She’s written for football and motoring magazines, DJ’ed at illegal raves and is a stalwart of the low budget TV commercial, even appearing as the Australasian face of a cleaning product called ‘Sod Off’. After living in London and Cornwall she’s finally settled in sunny New Zealand, where she enjoys scaring her cats by trying out dialogue on them. She spends her days dreaming of retiring to a crumbling Venetian palazzo, walking on the windswept beaches of West Auckland, and writing funny, flawed but awesome female characters. Her debut novel and first in the Bella Tyson series, ‘Dead in Venice’, was published by Audible as one of their Crime Grant finalists. Fiona is represented by Lina Langlee at the North Literary Agency.
Famous crime writer Bella Tyson is hired to co-host a Murder Mystery cruise, on a luxury liner sailing from Southampton to New York. She’s expecting an easy ride; fun and games, surrounded by amateur sleuths and fans of her books, all the while staying in a deluxe cabin and enjoying the spa and the amazing restaurants on board, culminating in a visit to one of her favourite cities in the world – the Big Apple.
She’s NOT expecting to be stuck on a boat in the middle of the Atlantic with her two least favourite people in the world, her hot but unfaithful bastard ex-husband Joel Quigley and fellow crime writer, bitch goddess and Twitter frenemy, Louise Meyers. And when real live dead bodies start turning up – as well as fake not-really-dead bodies – Bella’s dreams of being pampered on the high seas turn sour.
Accused of a murder she would have liked to commit but didn’t, and helped (or hindered) by a gang of unlikely detectives, can Bella find out who the real murderer is before the ship reaches its destination and New York’s finest drag her off?
After reading ‘Dead in Venice‘ I was quite eager to read another book about Bella and Will, so when I got my hands on ‘Murder Ahoy!’ I was excited.
The first book may have had some issues, in my opinion at least, but this installment is just one straightforward great cozy mystery.
I mean, we have a setting to die for (I’m humming the theme song of ‘The Love Boat‘ by the way! 😉 ) and characters that are just very funny.
I definitely do love Bella and her inner conversations, she’s really a woman I can relate to, and of course I adore Will, he’s such a hero.
There are a bunch of other great characters too naturally, some of we already know and who I must confess started to grow on me, you readers know who I believe, so well done author.
Needless to say there were murders too, real and fakes ones, it was a murder mystery cruise by all means, but it all stayed rather ‘light’ now from my standpoint, which the first book was missing when it came to the ‘why’ part.
Anyway, back to ‘Murder Ahoy!’, which is one splendid read, full of great fun and sleuthing, which I definitely enjoyed reading as I couldn’t put this one down.
I patiently, ahum, await another book in this series so keep on writing Fiona Leitch!
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