Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. With the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, the business is flourishing.
While at the beach, Amelia is approached by a woman who is concerned about the son she gave up for adoption 16 years ago. Millie has been having nightmares that make her fear he is in danger. She petitioned the court to view the sealed records but was refused. Will Amelia and Rick be able to convince the courts to help them? If her son is in danger, will they get there in time?
©2015 Linda Weaver Clarke (P)2016 Linda Weaver Clarke
Mystery on the Bayou is the sixth cozy mystery in the Amelia Moore Detective Series written by Linda Weaver Clarke. This story begins with Amelia and her partner Rick Bonito enjoying their honeymoon in Florida. One afternoon a woman approaches Amelia on the beach who would like to hire Amelia to find her 16 year old son that she gave up for adoption when he was a baby. Millie was recently diagnosed with a genetic disease and fears she passed it along to her son. Of course, they agree to find the son, despite the adoption having been a "closed" one. Their search leads them to the bayous of Louisiana. Because their investigations are never as clear cut as they first seem, when they arrive, the son has gone missing and Rick and Amelia are hired by the adoptive father to find him.
Like in prior Amelia Moore books, there was at least one bad guy that Amelia needed to unarm, which she did with skill and confidence we've come to admire in her character. One of the things I enjoy so much about this series is how well Rick and Amelia complement each other work-wise (when Amelia gets frustrated in an interview, Rick takes over and schmoozes on the charm to get the answers they need). They also compliment each other often with kind words and encouragement. They remind me a lot of husband and wife detective team from the early 1980s TV series, Hart to Hart. Amelia and Rick also experienced some local sightseeing and crossed items off their "bucket lists" (things they'd like to enjoy during their lifetime). This time, they visited an alligator farm and saw real alligators in their natural habits; not exactly like it was in the 1984 movie Romancing the Stone, but close enough.
I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Diane Lehman. Her narration flows naturally at an even pace and she was easy to listen to. She has differing voices for all characters, male and female, and young and old. I definitely recommend this series to those who enjoy sweet cozy mysteries.
So far I think this one has been my favorite. I may have to go back and listen to the first ones again but I really loved this one. It kept me on my toes and was a mix of great romance and great mystery. I was completely captivated. And I loved that even though the romantic tension has eased a bit now that the characters are married, the book still held me spellbound. I loved it and I will be reading it again... and now I want to go visit the bayou too.
4.5 Stars -
There were so many reasons to like this story. I really felt connected to this one, even more so than the others. Maybe because I lived in the south for a while. I lived in Savannah GA for a couple years and loved it! So when Linda's writing talked about the hanging moss it took me back! I could really picture it and made me feel right at home. I also loved the parts about Cajun food! I love spicy food and like trying new things. I have tried snails (as mentioned in the book) I didn't hate them, but it was kind of like chewing rubber cooked in garlic. So yeah not my favorite thing to eat. And the Sautéed Parmesan Asparagus - this sounds freaking amazing!
The story also goes into detail about Marfan's syndrome. I had never even heard of this before so this part was very interesting. Linda certainly does her homework before writing each book!
I think I also liked this because Amelia and Rick are finally married and now on their honeymoon. I like the way the series follows their relationship and it gets a little more developed with each book. Yes, there is a nice little mystery in each story, but for me I think its all the extras that keep me loving her books.
Each of Linda's books are a nice, easy reading, quick, clean cozy mystery with some nice romance added to it.
I voluntarily posted this review after receiving an audio copy of this book from the author. Thank you!
I particularly enjoyed the twist in this mystery. Rick and Amelia actually get hired twice to find the same person. They overcome difficult obstacles all along the way. I also found the facts in relation to the medical condition in the story very interesting (with the author's note at the end that her grandson actually has the condition!) I have enjoyed getting to know the characters over the course of the series. The relationship and interactions between Rick and Amelia are genuine. I find that I laugh with them and appreciate their support of each other. Where one is weak, the other is strong, and that goes back and forth between the two. Diane Lehman provides a good smooth pace to the story with differing voices for the characters. Thanks Linda Clarke for another good clean mystery!
This was a heartwarming story as well as a mystery/romance. It was fun to catch Amelia and Rick on their honeymoon as they relax (briefly) before being pulled into yet another job.
They are asked to find a child given up for adoption. The mother has a rare disease and wants to make sure her son will be tested and treated if need be. Amelia and Rick are skillful and dogged throughout this story. They don't give up and are able to bring about a very satisfying conclusion.
This was especially touching as the author shared a family experience that made things all the more real.
I enjoyed this story immensely and look forward to more of Amelia and Rick.
A copy was provided to me by the author but all opinions are my own.
I liked that the story centred round a missing teen.
The mystery was quite good although predictable. It was fairly obvious who was the 'bad' guy and what had happened to the missing boy and why he disappeared.
Rick and Amelia are still the cutest couple. Getting married didn't change the chemistry and fun between the two characters. I got the impression that they were still getting to know one another. I wouldn't mind seeing how they'd cope with a good argument!
I listened to this book in a couple of sittings. It held my attention and kept me entertained.
I voluntarily received a copy from the author.
This series is so adorable. The mysteries are intriguing every time. I especially enjoyed the scene where the main characters were learning self defense tactics. So playful and light. The narrator was excellent. She can even sing!! Can't wait for more
I really enjoyed this story. The narrator did a an excellent job telling the story. This is nice clean mystery filled read. The characters are very interesting an developed nicely. The story has some great twists an turns that will keep you guessing. There is romance also but it is a kept clean and sweet so it's good for any age to read. If your looking for a mystery filled romance with some pretty good action scenes then this is the book for you. I highly recommend this book for everybody.
I just recently finished listening to the Audible version of Mystery on the Bayou. I really enjoyed it. As a young girl reading was my beloved pastime that my friends and I continued to do together through our elementary school years. Mysteries were my favorite genre in those days, and I can see that my love for mysteries has not waned.
Linda writes a fun and interesting story line. This is book 6 in the continuing series of the Amelia Moore Detective series. In book 6, we find Amelia and Rick, two happy newlyweds in a cozy retreat for their honeymoon, only to be approached by a woman who asks Amelia to locate a son she gave up for adoption 16 years ago. She has discovered she has a hereditary disease that she feels an urgent need to inform her son about. Not knowing could be deadly for him. Amelia takes on the case which leads her to Bayou country and a not so easy to resolve case.
There are several twists and turns making lots of interesting reading. And I am happy to see that a book 7 is on its way. I enjoyed listening to the Audible version very much and if you enjoy cozy mysteries, with a little touch of romance, you will surely enjoy it as well!
The narrator Diane Lehman has a great way of changing voices of each of the characters and she even can sing the tunes the characters sing. Now there's talent. It's really enjoyable listening and relaxing to this fun Audible book after a long stressful day at work.
I received an Audible copy of this book for my honest review, which I have given.
The sixth book in Linda Weaver Clark's Amelia Moore Detective Series of cozy mysteries is "Mystery on the Bayou". Again, this wonderful author hits the mark!
It's remarkable to think of the gift that this author has for scene description, character development and plot movement.
First, I felt like I was in the bayou with the way she described the area, with the plants and natural beauty, as well as the cuisine of the region. All of her descriptions, in all her books, are outstanding.
Secondly, she has developed the relationship between Amelia and Rick very credibly, and this clean Florida 'honeymoon' of theirs is a real treat for the reader! I put 'honeymoon' in quotes because no matter where they are, a mystery seems to find them - and this book is no exception. While on their honeymoon they meet a woman looking for her son and that search takes them to Bayou country.
That leads me to the third point, the plot movement of this book, which is rich with emotion and very believable. The plight of the mother who gave up her son years before is truly touching and adds to the depth of the characters in this book. Part of the plot addresses Marfan's Syndrome; as someone whose cousin passed away suddenly from this as a result of a missed diagnosis, I respect all the attention the author gave to her research of this syndrome and I appreciate her shining a spotlight on it, as well, because many folks have not heard about it at all. I was not aware that the author's grandson had this condition.
The audible version,which I am reviewing, was narrated by Diane Lehman. She paces narration very well and is adept at using different voices for each character - she makes it seamless and easy to listen to!
I receiving an audio copy of this book from the author in exchange for an objective review. Guaranteed, you will enjoy this delightful cozy mystery with an important message by a wonderful author.
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