by Cynthia Chow
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What could be more romantic than a two-week honeymoon cruise through the Hawaiian Islands and to Vancouver, British Columbia? For criminal psychology professor Cait Morgan and her retired homicide detective husband Bud Anderson, it will be using both their professional expertise to help solve a murder while they are between the American and Canadian authorities. When the Stellar Sol's onboard card-game tutor drops dead in the middle of a game, the ship's head of security enlists both Cait and Bud's assistance in discovering who among the passengers may have prematurely ushered in the shady gambler's final destination.
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Gifted with an eidetic memory that allows her to remember everything she senses and then interpret it to her experiences, Cait is also a skilled criminal profiler with a track record of assisting Canadian authorities with their investigations. Her equally intelligent and willing new husband continues to stand by her side, and the couple assists security staff by uncovering the clues and secrets of both the guests and the crew. This still allows Cait and Bud time to enjoy the many amenities that can be found on board—formal dinners, exquisite cuisine, and visits to extravagant staterooms.
The author uses her considerable travel experience to realistically welcome readers into this world, with the result that they will revel vicariously in exotic locales. Scenes of their honeymoon on the islands before setting sail for Vancouver additionally enhance the setting and share a very authentic Hawaiian vacation.
This sixth in the Cait Morgan mystery series intriguingly incorporates how Cait’s unique eidetic memory contributes to her criminal profiles, but she still has time to enjoy her satisfyingly romantic status as a newlywed. The love between these onboard couples become the focus of this creatively plotted mystery, and that thoughtfulness, when combined with the exotic setting, will have readers ready to book their next cruise long before the last page is turned.
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