On the rugged, wild, eastern shore of Barbados, Cindy and Clint are enjoying their dream honeymoon, when paradise quickly turns into hell. Cindy finds her newly beloved taken away from her, drowned in a freak accident in the ocean. The local police are quick to declare it an accident, to insist that he was caught in a sudden riptide. But Cindy, left all alone, is not convinced.
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Cindy and Mattheus, finally together, prepare to take time off and live together - when a stunning upset in their relationship tears them apart. Cindy flies home to New York, resigned to never work as a detective - and never see Mattheus - again. And then a shocking phone call comes out of the blue: It is Mattheus. A new body has turned up. Cindy at first refuses - until he tells her who it is: his wife.
Cindy and Mattheus, finally away together for a much-needed vacation on the beautiful island of Aruba, are awakened by horrible shouts of despair. A guest at the hotel has just discovered his new fiancée dead under their window, sprawled out on the courtyard below, soon after he had proposed. The two had recently met online, had a long-distance Internet relationship, and had met in person only a few times. The entire hotel is terrified and mobilized. Was it suicide, or was it murder?
Cindy and Mattheus, still reeling from Key West, unsure where their relationship stands, prepare to take some time away from each other - when a shocking call arrives. A beautiful bride is missing on the night before her destination wedding in the magnificent Cayman Islands. The groom, the last one to see her alive during their scuba diving outing, is the prime suspect. But the groom's family insists he is innocent, and they hire Cindy and Mattheus to find out the truth.
Cindy and Mattheus part ways, and while he stays in the Caribbean to protect his daughter and her mother, she returns home. Cindy's sister, Ann, meets her at the airport to welcome her back to this new chapter of her life. Cindy starts to settle back in, to meet old friends and make plans to take on a new job - when a shocking call suddenly comes. It is a call Cindy never could have expected in her wildest dreams, a call that rips her world apart. Someone close to her - too close - has been found murdered in Bermuda.
Tara and Owen Danden, celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in Jamaica, are on the water, in a boat he rented, when the weather shifts and Tara falls overboard. As Owen tries desperately to save his wife, the boat spins and hits her head - sending her into a coma. Pulled out of the water, barely alive, Tara is airlifted to an elegant hospital on the island, and remains in a coma for two months. When she finally dies, however, there becomes a question of whether she truly died of natural causes.
A well-known criminal lawyer is found dead in a back alley in St. Thomas, and Cindy and Mattheus are called in to investigate by the grieving widow. The local police have pinned her for the murder, and Cindy and Mattheus are her last hope in vindication. As Cindy and Mattheus dig deeper into the victim's past, they learn that all was not as rosy as it seemed. They discover mistresses, gambling debts, vendettas, and a number of people who had motivation to want him dead.
When an old friend's husband goes missing, she calls Cindy for help. Fresh from her own tragedy, Cindy returns to the Caribbean, this time to the gorgeous, lush island of Grenada, to find him. Cindy, still grieving her own husband's death, stays at her friend's incredible villa on the ocean, as she does her best to help track down her friend's husband, Ames.
In the midst of gorgeous St. Bart's, a few days before Christmas, a Senator's daughter is found stabbed and strangled on the beach - the day after her engagement party. While the rich and famous are pouring in to celebrate the holidays, the local police are desperate to keep it quiet and not cause an uproar. But the Senator's family wants justice for their daughter, and they hire Cindy and Mattheus to solve the crime.
Before they get engaged, Cindy urges Mattheus to meet his long-lost Caribbean daughter, whom he has never met. Sixteen years ago, after a one-night stand, the woman became pregnant, and Mattheus quickly left. Mattheus' beautiful, volatile 15-year-old daughter, Andrea, badly needs him, and she wants him to come to Anguilla, where she lives, so they can get to know each other. One caveat, though: He has to come without Cindy.
In Death by Obsession, the next installment in the number-one best-selling Caribbean Murder series, a huge destination wedding, merging two blueblood families, is about to take place in St. Martin, when Cindy and Mattheus get an emergency call from the father of the bride. He wants them to come down to the island immediately and dig up dirt on the groom. He can't shake his bad feeling about the guy, even though all his other investigations didn't turn up a thing.
In Death by Seduction, Cindy receives a call from an old college friend, Loretta, desperate for help. Loretta and her husband had traveled to the Dominican Republic to buy a vacation condo - and, to her horror, he turned up dead in a brothel. Mattheus, however, refuses to take the case, and Cindy takes a new road, alone, to the Dominican Republic after she and Mattheus suddenly call off their engagement.
In Death by Temptation, Cindy and Mattheus arrive for a vacation at St. Lucia, a haven for honeymooners and destination weddings - but neither have any idea what destiny has in store. When their friend's daughter goes missing after a swim alone, a frantic search grips the island. Swept up in the horror, Cindy and Mattheus join in. When the dead body of another young woman turns up a few days later at the same beach, Cindy is convinced the cases are connected.
In Death by Engagement (book 12 of the Caribbean Murder series), Cindy and Mattheus joyously head to Aruba to search for a venue for their destination wedding. Thrilled, they enter the magical, romantic world of wedding planning and along the way meet another recently engaged couple also looking for a place to be wed.