Murder aboard a luxury cruise liner? Actually more then just one but who is counting. Now who could be behind these acts? And how did those crazy yellow ants get aboard the ship anyway? These are just some of the questions Dorothy Farthing, a journalistic reporter is asking herself. This isn't the first time Darcy and her family and friends have been on a cruise where bad things happened. I really wish I had read the first in this series because it was alluded to more then once.
To top everything off the ship's security manager is trying not to do anything and the Captain is --well he does have a marriage to preform but is worried sick over it all. And Dorothy's daughter, Rachelle who I will have ti assume she gave up at birth was reunited with her birth mother at the last cruise and has a baby of her own--and a ship board romance that has Darcy and her unassuming husband worried.
This is definitely a fast moving novel with lots of twists and turns and probably another book in this series to come. All I want to know is: How are those crazy ants doing? They certainly are mini survivors!!
About the Book: (from Amazon)
"Freelance reporter Darcy Farthing boards a luxury cruise ship for a trip to beautiful Australian seaports with family and friends, where a baffling murder mystery challenges her investigative skills. The crimes begin when a small-town Kansas woman traveling with a class reunion tour group is plagued by an attack of yellow crazy ants--a dangerous, invasive species--as well as an illness caused by mysterious foodborne bacteria and the odd cancellation of an onshore tour. The bizarre but relatively minor incidents escalate when the ants injure more passengers and crew members. Soon, a peculiar death on the streets of Adelaide and attempted murders on board the ship threaten to cause panic. It is obvious that a crew member or passenger is targeting individuals, but who is it and why?
Meanwhile, Darcy is distracted by daughter Rachael's uncharacteristic behavior and intense friendship with a handsome passenger. Reluctant to make waves, Darcy tries to suppress her concerns. She turns her full attention to the crimes when evidence is found in her friend and ex-husband Brooks's stateroom and the security chief names him as the sole suspect. Brooks is clearly innocent, but the chief is inexplicably reluctant to conduct a more thorough investigation to clear him; then Darcy's best friend, Sid, who is also Brooks's fiancé, becomes the latest victim. Clue by clue, with husband Mick's help, Darcy uses her skills to reveal a homicidal master of disguise and world-class computer hacker intent on exacting revenge related to a twenty-year-old crime."
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About the Author: (from Goodreads)
Arleen Alleman is a former senior analyst with the Government Accountability Office, where she wrote extensively on many topics ranging from satellite systems to endangered species. She has a science education but has also worked as a fashion model, insurance adjuster, jewelry designer, and proprietor of a home decor shop. Her interests include health and fitness, world religions, reading, and travel. Born in England, she grew up in New Hampshire and Nevada, then lived in Colorado. Now, she lives in SW Florida with her husband, Tim and their cat, Xena.
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