Murder at Sea of Passenger X: Saturday’s Pick

Murder at Sea of Passenger X: Saturday’s Pick

I’ll admit it; I needed a distraction. My husband and both dogs are sick, and I’m exhausted from all the caretaking and trips to the Vet and the ER. All of this is while I’m recovering from a swath of skin now missing from my leg as the result of an over-exuberant puppy who did nothing more than jump up on my leg as I arose to welcome me to an utterly beautiful day. (At least it might have been if I hadn’t jerked when I felt her toenail puncture the skin.) There’s not much you can do when you’re hurting and have to keep your leg above your heart other than reading. That’s why I picked up a copy of the cozy mystery, Murder at Sea of Passenger X. I love cozy mysteries, and I needed a distraction, so I didn’t kill my husband or the dogs.

Passenger X is how they describe the man who was pushed overboard. Or was it a she?
Who in the world is Passenger X and why don’t the ship’s records any clues?

My Review: Who is Passenger X?

What could go wrong when the owner of a cruise line gifts a honeymoon cruise to his executive employee, Georgie Shaw, and her new husband (a detective)? You’ll find out in Anna Celeste Burke’s cozy mystery, Murder at Sea of Passenger X.

Georgie wanted what we all dream of, ten days on an uninterrupted cruise and lots of chocolate. When a woman begins screaming about a man pushed overboard, the honeymoon suddenly becomes a race against time to discover who the murderer might be. The couple soon finds that some valuable jewelry is also missing, including a gift Jack has given Anna on the cruise. Also, no one can figure out who this mystery Passenger X might be.

How much do Chef Gerard and Sous Chef Paolo know about the murder and the mystery surrounding the thefts? Will the evidence collected by the onboard doctor be enough to tie the clues together? What is it with the guy in the parrot suit who targets Georgie on one of the decks? Or, what about the cryptic message sent to Chef Gerard?

You will delight in the clues, and the path Georgie and Jack take to unravel the clues for the benefit of  “Mad” Max Marley. Just remember to stay away from “Monster Marston” if you want to go to the fitness center. Murder at Sea of Passenger X is a delightful and fun/easy read with a cast of dubious characters and far too many seemingly unrelated clues. Plus, you’ll love the recipes at the end of the book!

About the Author

Anna Celeste Burke is an award-winning, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author!

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Life is an extravaganza! Figuring out how to hang tough and make the most of the wild ride is the challenge.

On my way to Oahu to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I had met in San Diego and married in Tijuana, I was nabbed by the police as a runaway. When the police let me go, and the rock band broke up, my husband and I had to find another way to survive. Our next stop: Disney World where we trained to be chefs, courtesy of the Walt Disney World University.

A GED for my husband and many more years of education landed us in academia at The Ohio State University. Retired now from my role as a professor in social work and behavioral science, I have picked up a long-time interest in writing fiction. I’m still married to the same sweet guy and live with him in the Palm Springs area. In addition to reading and writing fiction, I enjoy painting, hiking, hanging out with my handsome husband and tending to my Siamese kitties.

An award-winning and bestselling author I enjoy snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, & food–California style! I write books in five series: The Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series set on California’s Central Coast, The Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series set in Orange County, California, The Seaview Cottages Cozy Mystery Series set on the American Riviera, just north of Santa Barbara, and The Calla Lily Mystery series set in Northern California’s wine country.

About the Book: Murder at Sea of Passenger X:

A Honeymoon Cruise With A Boatload Of Mystery

Georgie Shaw and her handsome new husband, Detective Jack Wheeler, are living it up on Marvelous Marley World’s luxurious cruise ship when trouble strikes. “The screaming came in bursts followed by shouts of man overboard, just like in a movie.” Who is passenger X? Did he fall or was he pushed? Does it have anything to do with the rash of jewelry thefts or the murdered man found near the spot where Passenger X went overboard?

˃˃˃ A Killer Is On The Loose, And The List Of Suspects Keeps Growing

With a killer on the loose, Georgie and Jack are soon enlisted to help solve the case. It’s a non-stop scramble to unravel the mystery before Georgie’s eccentric boss, “Mad” Max Marley, arrives in Tahiti demanding answers. That won’t be easy since Passenger X isn’t the only one with a dubious identity as the list of suspects grows.

˃˃˃ An Old Friend And A Prime Suspect

That list includes Georgie’s old friend Chef Gerard and his striking blond, blue-eyed Sous Chef, Paolo. Masters of five-star cuisine and wizards with chocolate, are they cooking up more than sumptuous feasts and banquets of desserts? How about the guy in the Perroquet suit or “Monster Marston,” a standout in the fitness center?

˃˃˃ “Ms. Burke keeps the story moving with witty dialogue or descriptive action. A real mystery with a surprise ending. Be sure to get this book for a good read.”

Grab your copy of the latest Georgie Shaw cozy mystery from USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Anna Celeste Burke!

Review Quotes:

While trying to figure out “whodunnit,” was fun, my favorite parts of this book were the flamboyant characters and the luscious descriptions of food.

The Georgie Shaw mysteries are delightful and intriguing, and Anna Celeste Burke has hit another home run with Murder at Sea of Passenger X; in fact, Murder at Sea of Passenger X is my favorite so far.

“The screaming came in bursts followed by shouts of man overboard, just like in a movie.” Who is passenger X? Did he fall or was he pushed? Does it have anything to do with the rash of jewelry thefts or the murdered man found near the spot where Passenger X went overboard?

The head of security asks for Jack’s expertise in securing the crime scene, which means that Georgie is also involved.

There are two quotes from the book that are such beautiful sentiments:

❤ The shiny things we love so often become symbols of the more intangible objects of our desire—love, safety, security, esteem, escape from the drudgery and uncertainty of everyday life. How many lose their lives, I wonder, searching for the intangible in the tangible?

❤ Is that what love is—a string of small transcendent moments bound together by the ups and downs of ordinary life? If so, I’ll take it.

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2 thoughts on “Murder at Sea of Passenger X: Saturday’s Pick

  1. Wow! Thank you so much for this feature on your lovely blog! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book–especially on a day like the one you had. Do I ever get it! I had a similar day a few weeks ago–my sweet Siamese cat slid down the back of my leg, claws out, while I was trying to help my hubby adjust his brand new CPAP machine. Sometimes love poses some challenges, doesn’t it? You know what Georgie says about that… “Is that what love is—a string of small transcendent moments bound together by the ups and downs of ordinary life? Okay, plus a big adventure every now and then. If so, I’ll take it.” Blessings to you for your day-to-day heroics!

    • It has been seven long weeks since I read your delightful mystery. I finally graduated from wound care this past week. I’d never experienced bonafide medical personnel who are driven to remove any remnant of a potential scab to promote healing from within. I will never, ever, wear shorts again around this puppy until she grows up enough to be more careful.

      You kept my mind occupied for two of the worst days, and for that, I am eternally grateful. Perhaps we should arrange a playdate for the little furballs to keep them out of mischief!

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