Cowabunga Christmas: Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #1

Cowabunga Christmas: Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #1

by Anna Celeste Burke

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Overview

It's a Cowabunga Christmas in Corsario Cove for newlyweds, Kim and Brien. Surf's up at the exclusive resort they've chosen as their honeymoon destination. The Sanctuary Resort and Spa at Corsario Cove has everything: a spectacular location with scenic views of the Pacific Ocean, luxurious accommodations, 5-star cuisine, spa services, and a staff that aims to anticipate and meet your every need.
A romantic midnight swim in the Club Level terrace pool changes everything when an unexpected guest drops in wearing a Santa Suit with a couple bullet holes in it! Who killed Santa? Kim and Brien are soon swept up in murder and mayhem trying to unravel the mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781517347789
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/15/2015
Series: Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery , #1
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 958,791
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Life is an extravaganza! Figuring out how to hang tough and make the most of the wild ride is the challenge. On my way to Oahu, to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I had married in Tijuana, I was nabbed as a runaway. Eventually the police let me go, but the rock band broke up. Our next stop: Disney World, where we trained to be chefs. More education landed us in academia at The Ohio State University. For decades I researched, wrote, and spoke about a number of gloriously nerdy topics. Retired now, I'm still married to the same, sweet, guy and live with him near Palm Springs, California. I write mysteries set in sunny California! The Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set here in the Coachella Valley and the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery Series set in California's Central Coast. Coming Soon: The Misadventures of Betsy Stark, also set in and around Palm Springs.

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Cowabunga Christmas: Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #1 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This cozy mystery with a hip vibe is more fun than a barrel of Santas! It's first in a new series that is a spin-off of the wonderful Jessica Huntington mysteries, but easily stands alone. It has just enough danger and mystery to be suspenseful, but it’s also fun! With its deliriously happy newlyweds, quirky characters, lightheartedness, and hilarious recurring theme of Santas running amok, it has aspects of a P. G. Wodehouse novel. (High praise indeed, as Wodehouse has long been a secret guilty pleasure of even the most sophisticated readers!) If you’ve already had the pleasure of “meeting” its main characters in the Jessica Huntington series, you’ll be especially amused (and bemused) by this odd pairing. When first introduced in A Dead Sister (Vol. 2 of the Jessica Huntington series), Kim was a darkly brooding, angry, and despairing young woman trapped in an abusive relationship. In contrast, Brien is a sunny, outgoing surfer dude. While Kim is intelligent and street smart, Brien strikes most people as somewhat stupid because of his naïve, unfiltered questions and malapropisms. But opposites attract, as the saying goes, and what’s more, the couple’s complementary natures bring out the best in each other. Brien can pull Kim out of her dark moods in a heartbeat, and help her have fun. Kim nurtures Brien’s hidden depths, seeing his questions as a thirst for knowledge and his malapropisms as a courageous determination to master new vocabulary. Even as she corrects his words, she's proud of him. Anna Celeste Burke is known for this type of writing, which can be enjoyed on many levels. You can breeze through her books as exciting page-turners and then go back to re-read them, appreciating how intelligently crafted and well-researched they are. The settings are interesting and beautifully described. Best wishes to this loveable couple! May they continue to grow and share many new adventures with us!
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
I actually read this book a long time ago but never reviewed it? I came across it again in the Christmas Heartwarmers & Holiday Smiles: 10 Tales of Heart, Hope & Humor - Portion of Proceeds to Benefit St. Jude Research Hospital and re-read it! Although I am not used to surfer lingo I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and the two main characters. It was definitely different. It seems that Kim and Brian got married. Jessica of the Black American Credit Card fame decided to pay for a honeymoon to an exotic resort in Hawaii for the two of them--she also bought them a spa worthy couple of outfits. Jessica loves using her Black American Credit Card-read A Dead Husband (Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery Book 1) to see what I'm talking about. Jessica is also a magnet for dead bodies--well it seems that Kim is as well. Try to imagine being on your honeymoon --taking an illegal dip in the hotel pool late at night--then running because you hear someone coming--only to find out that ONE of the Santa Claus' was murdered and tossed off a balcony into the pool. Kim and Brian were both used to helping Jessica solve murder mysteries and decided to look into this---In-between surfing and Brian eating of course. There were a lot of Santa Claus' at the resort-but who was this guy? With the help of the other surfers on the beach would they be able to solve this? Would Kim learn to surf? Were the culprits found? Lots of twists and turns in this one and a couple of laughs as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And GNARLY. True love without the private details. Took me thru a snowy afternoon in PA. ? 5 STARS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book. Kim and Brien are celebrating their honeymoon and Christmas Eve and a dead Santa shows up at the pool. They decide to help the investigation, they need to find out which Santa it is and who did it and why. Along with the mystery we also get to see some honeymoon fun. This was a good, fun read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
amartinez87 More than 1 year ago
Murder, mystery and an entertaining time. It was more of a light hearted mystery than a crime novel. There was a lot of back and forth jokes and such between the characters. I don’t know why I just couldn’t get into this story though. I did like the mystery but I couldn’t really connect with the characters.
snowbunny1977 More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book by the author. First time reading this author. I think this is well written and I liked the characters. Brien I really liked. He was sweet and smart and honestly people take that for granted even his wife at a little if I am honest. He's a surfer dude and most think they are stupid and he's anything but dumb. Kim is pretty cool too but they are opposites in a lot of ways but that obviously attracts. Now, one issue I did have was that this seems to be part of something else. I felt really lost in the beginning because I havent read anything else of hers. This felt like a continuation of another series and I find out it was a little bit. Brien and Kim appear in another series before this one. So...I was slightly confused and most readers will who havent read her other stuff. An enjoyable Christmas romance/mystery. It was fun.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
Cowabunga Christmas by Anna Celeste Burke has so much going for it…A gorgeous cover, hot surfer dudes and dudettes, Santa, a murder mystery and… We begin our adventure by jumping the fence around the closed pool at this elite resort and taking a “midnight” swim. I have jumped a fence or two in my time, so I thought this was a good sign. Daniela Ruah - Monte-Carlo Television Festival.jpgIt’s Christmas, Kim is on her honeymoon with her hot and hunky surfer dude hubby, Brien. Kim was going to learn to surf and she got her very own wettie for Christmas. They are opposites – He is hard and fast, she is slow and soft. The picture of them, in my head, is my favorite two characters from NCIS Los Angeles, Kensi Blye, Daniela Ruah, and Marty Deeks, Eric Christian Olsen.Eric Christian Olsen . Shortly after their pool jumping adventure, a body is found floating in the pool…dead. Oh no, it’s Santa. We have a double and a triple cross and is there a treasure? Cowabunga Christmas by Anna Celeste Burke with its easy reading and colorful characters has all the elements for a fun and humorous cozy mystery. One mystery is solved…but, wait, there’s more on the horizon in Gnarly New Year. “Cowabunga Christmas – it’s the most epic Christmas anyone could every have. We had one of the most awesome mornings surfing.” From Brien.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I am having a hard time rating this one.I actually would give this a 3 1/2 star. I really enjoyed some parts of this book and there were parts that bothered me. Kim and Brien are on their honeymoon, we are introduced a little but I get the feeling that they are secondary characters from another series. Kim comes across as street smart and cautious with people, Brien we are told is a surfer dude and may not seem intelligent but actually is, there lies my problem because Kim seems to talk down to him at times and in actuality Brien comes across as a sweet, trusting kind of guy, I really liked him, it came across well but Kim reminding the reader that he's sweet but clueless sometimes got annoying. They also called each other by their given names a little too much for my taste. Maybe it's me but I rarely call people by their name when having a conversation with them, to get their attention at first but after that, no. Now this being said what I loved about it, as I mentioned Brien comes across as a sweet guy that would do anything for anyone that needs help. The mystery was good and kept me guessing, although it didn't quite finish and will continue into the next book but it gave enough of a conclusion that works. I liked reading about the surfing, something new for me and fun. On the whole I liked the characters and the things that bothered me may not bother most. It's a fun read and I will continue on with it to see how it develops.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a fun cozy mystery. The two characters are a lot of fun. They had a very interesting honeymoon. I hope to read more of these books in this series. I received an ebook copy from the author for a fair and honest opinion.
specialangel87 More than 1 year ago
Cowabunga Christmas is a highly enjoyable cozy mystery. It reminded me of an old-fashioned screwball comedy/mystery movie.. That is a good thing because I love those movies. There were references to Brien and Kim being Moondoggie and Gidget. That certainly fits! Brien isn't the brightest bulb in the package but he has a good heart and means well. I love how he tried to use big, impressive words and always chose the wrong one. Kim is definitely brighter than Brien. The way she patiently explained to him, or someone else, what he meant was cute. She did it in a loving way and never put him down. Kim and Brien are enjoyable, likable characters. While it was obvious they were "hot" for each other, there is no sex in this story. A big plus in my book. Kim and Brien wanted to have a Cowabunga Christmas(super memorable) and they definitely got their wish. I can't wait to read Gnarly New Year-the next book in the series. If you enjoy cozy mysteries with a huge dose of humor, you definitely need to read this book.
karenwritesmurder More than 1 year ago
COWABUNGA CHRISTMAS (CORSARIO COVE #1) CELESTE BURKE Kim and Brien (from the desert series) are celebrating Christmas and their marriage. One thing can put a dent in one’s holiday and it comes in the shape of a dead Santa in the swimming pool at the resort. Brien and Kim quickly get involved and discovered the dead kringle was up to his eyeballs and Santa sack in illegal doings. This is a really cute off shoot of the Jessica Huntington mysteries. Brien being an avid surfer gets to hang ten like Moon doggie and Kim nails the beach bunny look in a teeny weenie yellow bikini channeling Gidget. Celeste Burke has featured 2 really loveable characters and let them shine in their own right. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and humor in this offering. Any fans of Jessica Huntington will enjoy this series as well. I give it 2 thumbs up and 5 righteously tubular waves for a great read.