Book Title: Murder Ahoy!
Author: Fiona Leitch
Series: Bella Tyson #2
Release: June 15th 2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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?
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for reviewing purposes as part of a blog tour. This does not influence my opinions in any way.
Murder Ahoy! is the first cozy mystery book I’ve read in a long time and I’m very glad to be a part of this blog tour so I can tell you how much I’ve enjoyed this one!
This is the second book in the Bella Tyson series but this can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the first one nor have I read any of the author’s previous works for that matter, so I didn’t know what to expect. But it’s a pleasant surprise for me to have found I thoroughly enjoyed and that it’s exactly what I needed at the time I read it.
The main characters are likable enough, especially Bella because she is really funny and makes for a great narrator. So I enjoyed reading the story from Bella’s perspective.
So the story takes place in a cruise and for a murder to happen, there would definitely be limited suspects because they’re in the middle of the sea and unless they’re secretly mermaids or have a death wish, no one’s going anywhere. For that, the hunt for the true culprit was super interesting for me. I became really suspicious of the people around Bella. For that, the mystery aspect didn’t disappoint as I find myself quickly reading through the pages, certainly immersed in the story. Having said that though, I got too into the story and kind of figured out whodunit at like 50% into the story. I mean, I got a pretty strong hunch and it turned out to be true so it got a bit predictable towards the end.
The pacing of this book was commendable as well. Not too fast for readers to be overwhelmed and not too slow to get confused either. Also, for some reason, I thought that this book would have more romance than it actually has, but it’s a great read all the same.
I seem to have picked this book up in the perfect timing as I really got into it. I’m getting more into the genre as well because of this! I certainly recommend this for fans of cozy mysteries or if you’re in the mood for a light yet thrilling read.
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 ‘SodOff’. 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.