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Boat Dollies, of the title, is a derogatory term applied to a bevy of young, usually free-spirited, women, who hang around various good-weather sailing meccas. You can usually find them in the Caribbean, along the Mediterranean, and in some Australian ports. They hire themselves out as crew to passing yacht skippers. They are frequently good sailors and they¿ll clean, hand the boat, cook and do other general work. Some of the women are working their way around the world, others are traveling cheaply to particular destinations. Some are runaways and most are ordinary citizens who have chosen this itinerant sailing world as their life style, at least for a while. Unfortunately, drugs, unwanted sex, alcoholism and other worldly ills may become part of the picture. In the sailing world are boat owners, charterers, and those called-live-aboards, people who for a variety of reasons, have left their lives ashore for the world of the sea, of the wind, the waves, the storms and the calms. Author Joyce Holland has mined this world well, a world she obviously has carefully researched, to pen this finely-crafted story of murder and intrigue in the Caribbean. Sally and Peter Malone, a married live-aboard coupe have sailed into a marina on the shore of a Caribbean island. Fleeing their troubled life ashore, they find themselves emeshed in the mystery surrounding the murder of a boat dolly named Rita. Rita, it turns out, has left a diary. Finding and reading the diary, in the hopes of learning who murdered the girl, becomes a main focus of the novel.. The descriptions of life in the marina and on the beach are tempting, accurate and for the most part compelling. Author Holland weaves a good story with a satisfying crop of tension filled scenes and if the book is a bit episodic, if you are interested in mystery fiction, sailing, and a good look inside an exotic and intriguing world, Boat Dollies is a rewarding mystery.
Joyce Holland artfully draws us into the shadowy world of boat people. The tropical setting resonates to the beat of steel drums as Sally Malone, otherwise known as Boat Mama, seeks the answers to a young girl's grisly death. In the process she encounters some of the most colorful characters ever to set sail, any one of whom could be the killer, and unwittingly makes herself the next target for murder. High winds, soft sands, intrigue and romance flow through the twisting plot like island rum as Sally closes in on the killer.....and he closes in on her. Grab a pina colada, settle into your hammock and immerse yourself in the mysterious world of Boat Dollies. A most enjoyable read.