Trouble seems to find Kate Huntington, even on a Caribbean cruise. She and her friend, Liz, befriend socialite Cora Beall, who is having relationship problems. When Cora is found dead, her cabin locked from the inside, the ship's captain assumes it's a suicide.
Kate is skeptical. Her private detective husband begs her to let it go, but the evidence points more and more toward murder. And she can't stop thinking about Cora's teenage daughter who is back in the States with her stepfather. Which is worse, thinking your mother committed suicide or being raised by her killer? Or is Cora's seemingly-innocent, screenwriter boyfriend the real murderer?
And the toughest question of all... how did Cora's killer get out of a locked room?
This is the second of the Kate on Vacation novellas, a parallel series to the Kate Huntington mysteries.
Cruel Capers on the Caribbean
Having been on a cruise myself, the author has captured what life really is like aboard a cruise ship where people are in a constant "party" mode.
The way she worked the drama into this mode was smooth and believable. Trying to figure out some of the mystery will leave you scratching your head. Some characters were complicated and others just having a good time. Even with Kate and company in the thick of things, they also had a good time. Smooth writing made it all work.
The ending came out of nowhere and was quite a surprise for motive. I thank Ms. Lamb for bringing to life, through an enjoyable read, the depths that some people will go for money. This book was an example of the well known "carrot", to make you want to read more of this writers works. RET. LT.