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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tribute Blog Tour: Review - "Shore Excursion" by Marie Moore

First off, much thanks to Nicole, for letting me be a part of the Shore Excursion Blog Tour.
I really enjoyed this book. 

Shore Excursion
Publishing Date: 4/1/12
Publisher: Camel Press
Source: ARC
Genre: Mystery

Price: $13.95
ISBN: 9781603818742
Pages: 230

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.
My Review:
I was in the Navy for over 10 years and got to sail the seas a lot while I was in, but I have never been on a luxury cruise liner.  Don't even think the Navy ships compare to Carnival or Disney Lines...because they definitely don't.  =)  How I wish I could enjoy a Carnival Cruise.  Maybe someday, but for now, I'm going to stay on land since I did too much sea time in the Navy and also after reading "Shore Excursion", I definitely don't want to be apart of a Murder Mystery or even a ship tipping over to it's side (which recently just happened).  Eek! 
I love mysteries every once in awhile and after reading the book summary for "Shore Excursion", I knew I had to read it.
We're introduced to Sidney Marsh in this book who is a Travel Agent, which in today's world you don't hear much about anymore.  Her job in this book is to be a Tour Leader for the High Steppers which are a lively bunch of senior citizens. Poor Sidney Marsh didn't sign up for a few murder mysteries on board her tour though.  She takes it upon herself to try to solve the mysteries on board the ship, but unfortunately she either has a lot of people telling her not to get involved, or she is getting caught up in dangers herself.  It's a win lose situation for her, but someone has to help her "High Steppers".
 Marie Moore takes you on some crazy turns and twists through this book.  You will never expect really who the murderer is until the light bulb clicks on in your head at the end which is what happened to me.  Marie Moore created some fascinating characters in this book and I have no idea how she kept up with them all, but I adored every one of them.  I even felt terrible with the characters that were killed.  The whole time I was rooting for Sidney to solve the mystery so we could have some closure. 
I look forward to reading the next Sidney Marsh mystery from Marie Moore.  If you love mysteries and want to take a ride on a cruise ship (not literally of course) to solve a murder mystery or two, then you definitely need to read this book. 

Marie Moore Bio:
Shore Excursion is Marie Moore’s first novel, but not her first writing experience, and like Sidney Marsh, she is a native Mississippian. She graduated from Ole Miss, married a lawyer in her hometown, taught junior high science, raised a family, and worked for a small weekly newspaper, first as a writer and later as Managing Editor. She wrote hard news, features and a weekly column, sold ads, did interviews, took photos, and won a couple of MS Press Association awards for some of her stories.
In 1985, Marie left the newspaper to open a retail travel agency. She completed agency and computer training with Airlines Reporting Corporation, Delta Airlines and TWA, earned her CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) designation, and joined the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), International Air Transport Association (IATA), and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). For the next 15 years, she managed her agency, sold travel, escorted group tours, sailed on 19 cruises, and visited over 60 countries. Much of the background of Shore Excursion comes from that experience.
Marie also did location scouting and worked as the local contact for several feature films, including Heart of Dixie, The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag, and Robert Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune.
In mid-1999, because of her husband's work, Marie sold the travel agency and moved to Jackson, MS, then New York City, Anna Maria Island, FL, and Arlington, VA. She and her husband now live in Memphis, TN and Holly Springs, MS.
Marie is a member of Sisters in Crime. 

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What a great review! Thank you, Franjessca, for all your nice comments. I'm so glad you liked Shore Excursion and hope that you and your readers will come along with Sidney and me on all her adventures! The next one in the series is Game Drive, which is set in Cape Town and on safari in South Africa. It should be out by the end of 2012. Thanks again for the terrific review! I really sppreciate it!

FranJessca, you can't beat a lively group of seniors, can you? Thanks for the review and I'm glad you enjoyed Marie's mystery novel.

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