A Murder in Every Port by Bobbye Terry

A Murder in Every Port by Bobbye Terry
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (76 Pages)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

A Briny Bay Mystery

Roxie and Trixie go global, cruising their way into international murder, when Roxie, wounded by Greg’s inattention, drags her sister along on a five-day cruise to the Caribbean and Mexican ports of call. All she wants to do is leave her troubles behind. However, disaster doesn’t stay put in Briny Bay. It follows them onboard the cruise ship and even on shore, where they encounter a murder in every port.

Roxie convinces her sister, Trixie, to come with her on a five-day Caribbean cruise so she can escape from an inattentive boyfriend. However, these two sisters don’t seem to be able to get away from murder and mayhem. Before the mandatory safety drill ends Roxie discovers a man with a bullet hole in his forehead. From then on, the body count piles up. The sisters are confronted with one murder after another and even manage to get themselves arrested in Mexico.

This is a light-hearted mystery with a lot of nonsense. Roxie and Trixie are definitely more interested in the single males on the cruise than they are in detecting. One of the men they are interested in, who seems to reciprocate their interest, says he is a famous author of romance help books. And Roxie is his biggest fan, having read all his books.

This story requires a definite suspension of belief … after all,  every time the women turn around, there is another body! I also found it hard to believe that the man who is pretending to be the author is on the same ship with the author. Roxie and Trixie do a bit of detecting, trying to piece clues together, but they also get a lot of help along the way.

This novel is obviously written to be a quick, fast, light-hearted read, in spite of all the bodies. And it is billed as non-romance, which is technically true. However, Roxie and Trixie’s thoughts are definitely more on men than murder. We also get to see what Roxie’s boyfriend, Greg, and Trixie’s husband, Floyd, are doing at home in Briny Bay, but their characters seem very stereotypical as they sit watching football and drinking beer, with occasional comments about Roxie and Trixie. I did think it was interesting to hear about Trixie and Floyd’s engagement from both perspectives. First we get Floyd’s explanation to Greg about how Trixie proposed to him, and then we read the same scene from Trixie’s perspective as she tells Roxie about it.

Bobbye Terry has written a light-hearted romp through a plethora of bodies, and in the end, the crooks are caught and Roxie has a new potential boyfriend as the women return to Briny Bay. It was certainly an exciting five-day cruise.

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