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Killer Cruise

A Rachel Prince Mystery, Book 3
Narrated by: Alex Lee
Series: Rachel Prince Mystery, Book 3
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
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The latest Rachel Prince mystery by Dawn Brookes.

A body in the water. A plethora of suspects. Rachel Prince must be on another cruise! Plus, by popular demand, Lady Marjorie Snellthorpe returns....

The crew aboard the fictional Coral Queen find themselves stretched to the limit by the antics of a queen tribute act, a troublesome stag party, and a group of excitable female cheerleaders.

Rachel is accompanying Lady Marjorie on a cruise around the Baltics. The older woman is hoping for a mystery while Rachel seeks peace and quiet.

PC Rachel Prince, cruise ship sleuth, can't believe it when a man dies under suspicious circumstances. The probable homicide occurs shortly after an unpleasant encounter with a Freddie Mercury look-alike. Rachel and Marjorie find themselves absorbed by the man's untimely death and surrounded by suspicious characters with ample motive for killing the unpopular victim.

The Chief of Security wavers between involving Rachel in the investigation and keeping her away from it. Sarah, Rachel's best friend and cruise ship nurse, is keen to keep her out of harm's way, but it's a case of the irresistible force meets the immovable object when there's a mystery to be solved. Rachel is spurred on by the incorrigible Marjorie who is keen on interfering and testing her own sleuthing skills.

Chief Waverley and Sarah are fighting a losing battle and become more and more exasperated by Rachel's involvement. In addition to this, they both have problems of their own.

As the dead man appeared to have more enemies than friends, this mystery tests Rachel to the limit. She finds herself in danger as she tries to keep Lady Marjorie safe while solving the crime.

Join the crew and passengers aboard the Coral Queen for another exciting adventure at sea!

©2019 Dawn Brookes (P)2019 Dawn Brookes

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Killer Cruise

Killer Cruise by Dawn Brookes is such a good listen. I love the character of Rachel Prince, and so enjoy her adventures. This book is both a standalone listen and part of a series. Each cruise book has some unexpected twists, multiple suspects and motives. The way the murder is solved is very well done. Alex Lee is magical bringing the numerous characters to life with her voice. She gives them distinguishable voices and accents. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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Deadly Cruise

Will Rachel ever have a peaceful cruise? Once again Rachel has to help solve a murder on a cruise she takes. This series is very entertaining. I look forward to the next in the series.

The narrator, Alex Lee, does a great job.

I was gifted this book at my request in exchange for an honest review.

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Excellent

Received a bonus code for an honest review. I enjoyed this book in the series as much as the earlier books.

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A great narration of this cozy mystery!

I listened to the audio version of this book.
The Rachel Prince Mystery books are light and entertaining. Every time Rachel goes on a cruise, someone is murdered and she can't leave her police background behind--she has to help solve the crime. In this one, her older travel companion is helping her sort through the multiple suspects in the murder of a member of a Queen tribute band. Her friends and the workers on the cruise make for a multi-faceted story.
I think the narration by Alex Lee added a lot to the story, due to the multiple nationalities and accents of the crew members. She did a fantastic job!
I was given a complimentary copy of this audio book. All thoughts are my own.

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Nice

Another Good story with PC Rachel Prince. It also had another round of quirky, likeable characters and a killer in the midst on a cruise ship. It had humor enjoyable characters, some action,good narrating and a few other characters from the past make an appearance or two and they help her out. So, if you want a good listen, pick up a copy and enjoy.

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Great mystery

This is a great book with a great storyline and interesting characters. Kept my attention throughout.

I received a complementary review copy

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Killer Cruise

This is the third cruise Rachel Prince takes. This time it is on the insistance of Lady Marjorie Snellthorpe who met in book one.
If you love cozy mysteries on cruises then this is for you.
The book makes me want to go on a cruise just without the murder or a played out one where you have to figure 'who done it.'

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Rachel Prince does it again!

Rachel’s third cruise turns into another mystery! Fast paced and well written this Cosy Mystery is sure to delight! The narration is fabulous and leads the reader through the twists and turns of this fun story.

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Another entertaining Rachel adventure!

★¸¸.•*¨*•★Minor spoilers alert★•*¨*•.¸¸★

What I enjoyed most about this cozy mystery novel…
Quick listen / Entertaining / Wonderful characters / Witty / Original / Well described tourist locations / Unpredictable / Whodunit
Cover gush: Big ocean liner ship? Check! The Coral Queen is pictured on the cover. Yellow and purple color combo? Double check!
Dual format owned: Kindle e-book & Audible audiobook (primary reading format)
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Overall ★★★★★ Without giving away too many details, I suspected the villain who ultimately gets fingered as the murderer, but I wavered and wasn’t 100% until Rachel figured it all out.
Performances ★★★★★ Alex Lee continues to charm me vocally with her acting. She’s terrific with both female and male characters and easily animated all them flawlessly.
Story ★★★★☆
As a young reader, I used to love reading mysteries and watching them as well. But once I discovered the romance genre at the tender age of 10, I could never read mystery without a heavy dose of romance i.e. romantic suspense. I tried reading a Dorothy Sayers and one of two others authors in the mystery genre, but I figured out rather quickly that they just were no longer as satisfying with romance. But now, I think I was just waiting to discover this Rachel Prince mystery series. As a former cruise ship employee myself, I love that this series is set on a cruise ship.
Rachel is back on vacation and accompanying her senior pal, Lady Marjorie Snellthorpe. Of course, a body goes overboard, and the sleuthing begins anew for these two spunky and intelligent ladies. And guess what? He was the lead singer of a Queen tribute band hired as part of the cruise ship entertainment staff. The funny and cool thing about this victim is that he rocked the Freddie Mercury look and ’tude.
And poor Jack Waverly, the ship’s Chief of Security, still didn’t manage to convince Rachel to join his crew permanently. But personally, I wonder if she will someday soon cave in…
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Coming up next in this series: Dying to Cruise (A Rachel Prince Mystery Book 4) which is already available in e-book format. I purchased my Kindle copy the first week of August, but I’ll be waiting for the audiobook format before I dive back into Rachel’s sleuthing.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 01-13-20

A good series.

Rachel solves another murder on board the cruise ship. I enjoyed seeing familiar characters return on board and help Rachel with her investigating.
This was a very good read and I look forward to the next adventure.

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  • Jan M
  • 12-10-19

Killer Cruise

Killer Cruise by Dawn Brookes is such a good listen. I love the character of Rachel Prince, and so enjoy her adventures. This book is both a standalone listen and part of a series. Each cruise book has some unexpected twists, multiple suspects and motives. The way the murder is solved is very well done. Alex Lee is magical bringing the numerous characters to life with her voice. She gives them distinguishable voices and accents. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • goldengem
  • 12-01-19

Loved it!

What can I say? Brilliant storyline covering some interesting issues. Glad to see some familiar characters are back. The narration was brilliant this time, too.

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  • Iain Hart
  • 10-31-19

Another great addition to the series

Who would have thought that so much unpleasantness could happen aboard a cruise ship.

But seemingly the good ship the Coral Queen attracts those sorts of things.

Luckily for them they have our heroine Pc Rachel Prince.

I like how each book we learn more and more about Rachel and the firey old lady Marjorie and her old friend nurse Sarah.

As with previous books there is a lot going on but the writing is done in such a way that it is easy to follow and never a dull moment.

I love the covers for these books, simple yet colourful and attractive

We welcome back our favourite narrator Alex Lee who once again does a spectacular job of telling this story

so if you want a bid of cosy crime this winter try season, give this book and This series a go, it can work as a stand alone, with some minor references to previous books but it doesn’t effect the enjoyment of this latest book.

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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 09-20-19

Entertaining read

Rachel Prince accompanied Lady Marjorie Snellthorpe on a cruise on the Coral Queen hoping for a relaxing holiday with her friend. Alas, it was not to be. The lead singer of the Queen Tribute act performing on the cruise is found in the sea, possibly murdered. Rachel is on the trail of the murderer when she is attacked, there are many suspects but it is intrepid Rachel who unmasks the culprit. An entertaining tale with familiar crew members and interesting shore visits along the way.

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  • Julie
  • 09-19-19

Ship shape book

This is the first book by this author that I have read/listened to but I quite enjoyed it. It is a nice clean mystery with out any really violence, well except the murder. This is book three and obviously a lot of the characters appear in the previous books but it was still enjoy able if you haven't read the other books because the write gives you some information without going into to much information that you lose the story you are listening to or giving away the plot for the others. I liked the characters and think I will check out the previous books to find out how Rachel and Marjorie meet.
Rachel Prince is taking a much deserved holiday on the cruise ship the Coral Queen with her friend, Lady Marjorie Snellthorpe when they witness a man fall over board. He was the entertainment and his murder proves to be very entertaining for the two ladies. He was a member of a Queen tribute act and questioning the other band members is less than helpful. Then the band manager is nearly killed and Rachel comes to his aid, opening up the suspect list even more. With both men less than likeable they have there work cut out for them to find the killer and with the head of the cruise ship security happy to believe it was a drug induced accident they have to sort out the clues to get to the bottom of the murder before they are sunk.
The narrator was very British sounding which took some getting use to, but she did a good good with all the different accents she had to use.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 09-11-19

Like getting a lovely cuddle!

Oh Ms Brookes, how you spoil us with these books, elegantly and eloquently narrated by Alex Lee. Once again we take to the seas with the divine Rachel Prince. I would have loved to have a friend like Rachel. We could have gone on adventures, read The Famous Five together and what fun we'd have had. It is a delight to listen to such beautiful English, there's no dropped 'aitchs' in this book, (neither are there any 'haitchs' - it's aitch, AITCH for goodness sake!). Sorry, where was I? Oh yes, Ms Brookes writing reminds me how beautiful English can be when employed so gracefully. The story moves along at a fair pace and the characters are so well drawn you can't help but feel invested in the outcome. The mystery is solved and fair play is done, and quite right too. All I need to know is should I buy a hat for the wedding of Rachel and Carlos' - because it's about time they got married. Will Sarah be a bridesmaid? Can I be a bridesmaid? Listening to Killer Cruise is like getting a lovely cuddle from your favourite person; I didn't want it to end. Simply beautiful

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  • TG
  • 09-10-19

Great next one in series

Hello to my old friends. This could be a standalone but as I have listened to the previous two, it is a lovely return to old friends. I would describe as a cozy mystery with likeable characters and I love the cruise element and detail. Another winner for me.

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  • TerryHeth
  • 09-10-19

A fun listen

I love these stories. Rachel Prince is off on a cruise with her friend Lady Marjorie, who she’d met & befriended on a previous cruise.
Now if you’ve read or heard these stories you’ll know they’re never a peaceful cruise tale. But where would we be if they were?!
They’re a fun listen, even with the mayhem & thrills.
Narrator is great at keeping the mood & characters running along with the story.
A fun listen & im sure a good read too

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  • Sweetpea
  • 09-08-19

More mystery murder and mayhem aboard ship!

I usually like my crime fiction to be a bit more gritty, but this cosy crime series set aboard a cruise ship makes a refreshing change.
The author, Dawn Brookes, has obviously done her research regarding cruises as the attention to detail is excellent. Her main characters are likeable and the story is well paced.
I do think though that, at some point in the future, Rachel Prince will need to join the ship’s staff in order to maintain the realism of the stories, as a humble PC wouldn’t be able to keep gallivanting off on cruises twice a year!
The narrator, Alex Lee is brilliant. Her intonation, expression and pace kept me invested in the story.
An enjoyable listen.