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High Seas Murderr (Linda Haggerty Series #2) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This was the first book I've read in this series and I plan to read many more. Lindy Graham-Haggerty is the rehearsal director for the Jeremy Ash Dance Company. The company is hired to perform on a small cruise over New Year's being offered by Cameron Tyler. At first Lindy declines attending because she doesn't want to be away from her husband Glen over New Year's. Plus their son Cliff would be home from the holidays and even though he would spend most of the time with his friends, she wanted to be home to see him as much as possible. Then Glen gets sent to Paris to work over the holidays and Cliff heads on a ski trip with friends. So, Lindy agrees to go. She shares a cabin with Biddy McFee, the company's business manager. David Beck, rock star, is their neighbor across the hall. Suzette Howard is in charge of the Stars of the Metropolitan Opera who will also be performing. Her daughter Dede is traveling with her. Things start happening when they arrive. When Suzette sees Danny Ross and Adelaide Kyle, the married cabaret act, arrive with their son Richard, she freezes in place. Lindy can't figure out what that was about. Then the first night out, Suzette says Danny Ross was murdered and pushed down the stairs. Nobody is at the bottom of the stairs, and Danny Ross is asleep in bed. Lindy isn't sure what to think.. David Beck is another strange person. He appears to have multiple personalities -- man, child, and rock star. Then there is a dead body at the bottom of the stairs. But, Cameron Tyler insists on telling everyone (even Lindy) that he just had a concusion and was flown to a nearby hospital. Lindy knows this can't be true; she saw him -- his neck was obviously broken. More things continue to happen. There's another murder. Lindy befriends David and they begin to try to sort out what is happening. I highly recommend this book. The dance company characters are just that, characters and Ms. Freydont has done a great job in building each one. They work well together, too. The cruise as the setting is terrific as well. All the players are confined to a ship. Makes it a little easier to investigate.
She retired from her dancing career to spend more time with her children, but they are now adults living on their own. Linda Haggerty, tired of her husband's long work absences, returns to the life she once left by joining the New Jersey-based Jeremy Ash Dance Company. There she finds the camaraderie she has missed for years. When the company accepts a series of performances on a luxury ship sailing the Caribbean, Linda agrees to accompany them. Powerful rock producer Cameron Tyler sponsors and pays for the cruise leaving the ship with only two hundred passengers. This makes for an easier time on the performers as they have fewer guests to mingle with than anticipated. However, the cruise into paradise turns into a vacation in hell as someone methodically murders two passengers and a member of the crew looks like he is going to be falsely charged with the crimes. Linda's maternal instincts kick in as she sets out to prove the crewmember is innocent. Minus the homicides, cruise ships are an experience that those readers who have not tried will want to do so because of the delightful description in HIGH SEAS MURDER. The vast cast appears genuine and the key players multi-dimensional while the secondary characters provide the leagues of depth to this ocean adventure. The who-done-it is entertaining because Shelley Freydont takes her audience on a sea cruise while her amateur sleuth story line sails with humor and action. Harriet Klausner