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Deadly Reunion
     

Deadly Reunion

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by June Shaw
 

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On a trip that will make readers recall reunions they didn’t want to attend (but went to anyway), widowed Cealie Gunther gets a call to join friends from high school for a get-together during an Alaskan cruise. She hasn’t seen them for years, but jumps in when she learns a good female friend who’s attending has a major problem to solve. There are other good reasons to

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On a trip that will make readers recall reunions they didn’t want to attend (but went to anyway), widowed Cealie Gunther gets a call to join friends from high school for a get-together during an Alaskan cruise. She hasn’t seen them for years, but jumps in when she learns a good female friend who’s attending has a major problem to solve. There are other good reasons to get away too. Cealie can visit her son who lives in the area and at the same time put distance between herself and Gil Thurman, who wants commitment, but she doesn’t.

Tragedies begin on day one of the cruise when people start dying. Stunned by altered appearances and personalities of former friends, Cealie soon discovers their view of her has also changed. The brief visit with her son is a disaster and Gil’s appearance on the ship adds to her anguish. Soon Cealie knows she’ll need to uncover secrets of the friends she’d thought she’d known, before more people from the class die.

Including Cealie herself.

“Fast-paced cozy mystery served with wit and humor aboard an Alaskan cruise ship” Author Marilyn Clay

“A mini–class reunion on an Alaskan cruise is a disaster from day one.” Kirkus Reviews

“I loved the heroine of this story! I'm giving this one my Socrates' Great Book Alert Award!” Socrates Book Reviews

“Set sail with Cealie and ask yourself how well you know your classmates from years ago. Are you still the same person you were then? And who is now capable of murder?” Lesa’s Book Critiques

“Cealie is intriguing. Recently widowed, she cherishes her independence but considers rekindling a romance with Gil Thurman while ferreting out a killer” Reviewing the Evidence

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A mini–class reunion on an Alaskan cruise is a disaster from day one.

Widowed Cealie Gunther hasn't seen most of her classmates in years. But she's still not ready to meet Sue Peterson, who used to be her Uncle Stu before plastic surgery turned him into a stunning woman. The other classmates aboard include Jane Easterly and Tetter Hargroove. Once the most popular girl in school, Tetter admits to a big problem but refuses to talk about it. The last classmate is Randy, a married man with children and grandchildren who is an unlikely addition to the event. Cealie (Killer Cousins, 2009, etc.) feels like a frump compared to her toned classmates. Even worse, her boyfriend Gil Thurman is on board. Gil, who owns a string of Cajun restaurants, wants to marry Cealie, who's still trying to establish herself as a strong, independent woman. One of Gil's chefs is on hand to prepare Cajun dishes, and his uncle is the ship's physician, a job that is more than a sinecure on this trip—especially since the good-looking younger man Sue (or Stu) was flirting with is soon found dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Is it accident or murder? Cealie's curiosity leads her to investigate Tetter's problem and wonder whether Sue is a killer and why Randy has joined the cruise. Although she's crazy about Gil and jealous of all the competition on board, she's unwilling to commit to Gil. Will she survive long enough to make up her mind?

Cealie's dithering is a bit annoying, but the killer comes as a surprise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432824983
Publisher:
Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date:
07/20/2011
Series:
A Cealie Gunther Mystery
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

June Shaw lives along a lazy bayou in south Louisiana. She became a young widow with five children, completed a college degree, and started teaching junior high students. Then her deferred dream of becoming a writer took hold.

Between grading papers and being involved in her growing children's activities, she sold stories and learned to write plays. She won a playwriting contest in Boston, and two of her short plays were produced Off-Off Broadway. A short screenplay she wrote aired on a channel for the arts in New Orleans.

She eventually worked on novels, became a grandmother, and then sold Relative Danger, which received excellent reviews. Deadly Ink nominated it for their new David award for Best Mystery of the Year. Harlequin reprinted it, and Books in Motion bought audio rights.

June represented Louisiana on the board of the southwest chapter of Mystery Writers of America for two years. When June is not writing, she enjoys reading, swimming, fishing, dancing, traveling, meeting new people, and being with her friends and large family.

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Deadly Reunion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Widow Cealie Gunther has not seen many of her high school class in years; so she joins the Alaskan cruise reunion. Also on board is her boyfriend Gil Thurman owner of a Cajun restaurant chain and one of his chefs. Cealie especially looks forward to learning what happened to some of her peers; on the other hand she is not ready for Uncle Stu to be Aunt Sue. Tetter was the most popular girl in high school, but admits to Cealie she has a humongous problem that she cannot say anything further about. All the attendees are stunned when Randy, married with grandchildren, arrives as no one expected him to attend. Cealie feels like a frump compared to her toned classmates. Aunt Sue flirts with a younger hunk who is soon found dead at the bottom of stairs. Cealie investigates what she believes was a homicide and not an accident. She wonders whether Tetter's issue is the motive or if Aunt Sue became a psychopath when he surgically became she. Finally there is the question of Randy coming on the cruise. The latest Cealie Gunter independent amateur sleuth thriller is a charming whodunit when the focus is on the classmates; when the story line concentrates on Cealie's relationship with Gil the plot feels repetitive especially for these who have read Killer Cousins. Still with a strong final twist, fans will enjoy Cealie's inquiry but also when it comes to Gil sing the Lovin' Spoonful's Did You Ever Have to make Up Your Mind? Harriet Klausner