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DEATH BY HONEYMOON


By Jaden Skye

May, 2011

Kindle eBook: ($0.99)

ISBN-13: 978-0976585503 — paperback ($7.99)

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

DEATH BY HONEYMOON is the first book in the "Caribbean Murder series" set on the rugged eastern side of Barbados. Cindy and Clint had chosen the eastern side of the island for their honeymoon, where the locals lived, not the more popular western side of the island, which was the usual playground of visiting tourists. Despite the idyllic setting, tragedy soon disrupts the honeymooning couple and Cindy is thrust into a situation she never imagined possible.

I would describe the author's writing style as more romantic than suspense or traditional mystery. Not that that is a bad thing, I just think it might catch some readers off guard. The plot is adequate to hold most readers' attention although the characters are a bit cliched. Again, not necessarily a bad thing but perhaps unexpected. Perhaps if we had gotten to know Cindy and Clint through the hardships they faced in their relationship before the wedding rather than being introduced to the couple upon their arrival for their ill-fated honeymoon, we would have had more vested interest in Cindy and her dilema, whether or not to pursue the truth about her husband.

First time novelists often jangle the nerves of voracious readers, but in this case, I think most readers will find DEATH BY HONEYMOON a quick and enjoyable read and will eagerly read DEATH BY DIVORCE, the next book in the series, which is currently available in eBook format. I know I plan to read it.

My only quibble, and it's the same one I have for many eBook and self-published authors, uncorrected mistakes. Please do yourself and your readers a favor by getting a good copy editor. Despite what some readers say, mistakes and typos add up in many reader's minds and detract from the story.

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