by Marie Moore
Publisher: Camel Press
Released: April 1, 2012
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Mystery
How I got it: I received an ARC the author via Tribute Books blog tours
Travel agents are a vanishing breed, but Sidney Marsh, a New York transplant from Mississippi, is holding her ground--at least on land. She is the tour leader on a cruise through Scandinavia for a group of eccentric senior citizens who call themselves the High Steppers. Sidney expects her days to be filled with long meals, shopping expeditions and visits to museums, churches and fjords. But this cruise is anything but routine. There is a killer on board, targeting the High Steppers and quite possibly herself.
After the first suspicious death, the captain and his crew are grimly determined to carry on as usual. Disgusted with their inaction, Sidney decides to take matters into her own hands and launch her own investigation. She enlists the halfhearted help of her friend and business partner, the flamboyant and fun-loving Jay Wilson. Suspects abound. What about those two handsome young men who stay mysteriously aloof? One of them has his eye on Sidney. So does another passenger, far too charming and again too young to fit the "High Stepper" mold. Then there's Captain Vargos, the arrogant ladies' man whose plans to thwart Sidney's investigation might include seduction.
Who is that crew member shadowing Sidney? Is the theater really haunted? Even the
High Steppers themselves are not as predictable or harmless as they seem. The closer Sydney gets to the truth, the less she understands. Shore Excursion is the first book in a new mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Sidney Marsh.
Review: This had promise but fell flat. First there was way to much information on tourism, at times I felt like it was more of an information manual than a novel. Sidney wasn't the typical type to be a sleuth, other than asking around until closer to the end she really didn't do anything. I found her whiny, complaining that the ships crew wasn't doing enough when it seemed they really just didn't want to bring attention to what was going on. I couldn't figure out why Sidney was singled out in this whole thing and the twist at the end just confirmed what I thought at first. Even with all the explanations I felt like it was to much and to convenient.
I felt like the plot dragged and this wasn't due to the story as much as the filler. There was just way to much un-needed information about the ship, tourism, tourist, and the places they where visiting. I think this what they talk about when they say show don't tell. It was like Sidney was talking far to much and not showing me what was going on. I couldn't get sucked into the book and carried away like I usually can with books.
I think the story had a lot of potential but just slipped up on a few key things that made it unbecoming in my opinion.