Title: Murder, She Wrote: Trouble at High Tide (#37)
Author: Donald Bain
Publisher: Obsidian, 2012
Summary: Jessica Fletcher has accepted an invitation from Judge Thomas Betterton to vacation in one of his cottages located on the same private beach as his family mansion in Bermuda. After a dinner party at the mansion, Jessica finds the body of one of the guests on the beach. Is this murder tied into the copycat Jack the Ripper killings that have been happening in Bermuda, or was this murder more personal?
Thoughts: I have always loved the Murder, She Wrote television series, especially the episodes set in Cabot Cove, Maine. I have been hesitant to read the books because I was afraid that Jessica Fletcher, and the other characters that I love from Cabot Cove, would not be depicted in the same way as in the television series. I got this book as a gift from my sister-in-law who knows how much I delight in the show. The book did not disappoint. It could have been one of the television episodes. Jessica was depicted in the same way. The mystery was more detailed than on television, but very similar. Although the setting was Bermuda, and not Cabot Cove, and the Cabot Cove characters were not in Bermuda, it didn't matter. I felt like I was on vacation with Jessica at the beach, one of my favorite places to be.
The author did a great job with descriptions. I could picture the places, people, and the action. The many characters were distinctive. I did not get them mixed up and could picture each one. The writing style was organized and the author kept the story moving. The mystery was a good one. Although I guessed whodunit, it was just that- a guess. I was not completely sure I was right until the culprit was caught in the end. There were believable red herrings and twists thrown in throughout the book. I really liked that Jessica did not know her host too well and did not know the other family members and friends of the family at all. This way the reader learned about the characters right along with Jessica.
This book would be a great read while on vacation or at the beach. I read it on a camping trip myself. It was a fun, entertaining read that was light and cozy- great for relaxing! I will definitely read more Murder, She Wrote mysteries.
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