Book 1: Murder Carribbean-Style
Reeling from the painful humiliation inflicted by an unfaithful lover, Kayla welcomed an excuse to run home and hide. Living like a hermit in Colorado she worked days as a typist and wrote a Caribbean guidebook at night. Four years later, Kayla arrives on board her old ship and savors the VIP treatment afforded a published author—until Patrick falls dead at her feet. Plunging into a frenzied investigation to discover the killer before police arrest her friends, Kayla bumps into Steven Young every time she uncovers a clue. They soon join forces to unravel the mystery and spark a fledgling romance. Like a tightrope walker balancing between passion and peril, Kayla risks her life to unearth the truth behind Patrick’s death and free herself from his memory. Should she trust Steven and risk another broken heart—or worse?
“MURDER CARIBBEAN-STYLE spirited me away into a world that oozed with the charms of such exotic locations as Barbados, St. Thomas, Sint Maarten and Puerto Rico.”
“Murder Caribbean-style not only has a fast-paced plot, but it also provides readers with vicarious travel…But the novel’s real charm lies in the character of its protagonist. Kayla is believable and likable.”
Book 2: Murder on a Ghost Ship
When the president of Constellation Cruise Lines, Emily Schultz, buys an old cruise ship at a bargain price, she doesn’t discover there’s a ghost aboard until it’s too late to cancel the deal. Desperate for help, Emily calls Kayla Sanders and Natalia Baliskov back to work. They embark on a frantic search to discover the identity of the ghost and her murderer.
“Crime, suspense, and shipboard romance, with a vengeful ghost to keep it exciting – this book has it all.”
“This author could charge for lessons in series standalone tactics. She reintroduces her characters and their back stories with dazzling ease. And in her expert hands ‘escapist entertainment’ means not escaping from but escaping to a wonderfully ordered and beautiful world where wrongs are corrected by people we love in stouthearted, imaginative ways.”
Book 3: Murder for Glacier Blue
The sole heir to a family fortune, Reginald C. Pierpont used his vast holdings and leisure time to experiment with new techniques and daring ideas to create his art. Although the masterpiece “Glacier Blue” failed to turn heads, Reggie’s secret method triggers larcenous schemes among modern crooks.
Genuine Fakes, an auction company that sells “authorized copies” of famous paintings, arranges to hold six charity auctions of fakes during a voyage to Alaska. Million-dollar originals will be displayed next to the Genuine Fakes during each auction—six opportunities for international thieves to steal a valuable piece of art. The president of Constellation Cruise Lines, Emily Schultz suddenly needs her new crack security team to guard the paintings. When one of the fakes gets stolen from the buyer’s cabin, a discrete search for the missing canvas begins.
The stakes rise when a body is found next to the missing fake, and the investigation suddenly takes a deadly turn. The investigators learn more about Glacier Blue and realize it’s no ordinary work of art. The painting’s special secret already provoked one murder, and it gets easier to kill again.
“There was never a dull moment in my read. The characters ooze personality; there is a tone of believability and sassiness that comes through in dialogues and character descriptions that makes each one fascinating and endearing.”
“A compelling who-dun-it emerges as the reader attempts to identify the killer.”
And for extra fun …
High Seas Mystery Game Book: Three Party Games for up to 57 Players
Mystery dinner parties usually require guests to learn parts and risk getting embarrassed by their own bad acting. The worst might happen to a host if a guest assigned an important part simply does not show up.
This book offers three different process-of-elimination games designed to be played by 2 – 4 players, 4 – 8 players, or a party of 41 to 57 players. The solution is different each time any of the games is played.
Game pieces, game boards, and instructions are included for buyers to copy and print for use at their own party. Have more fun at your next fund-raiser, group pot-luck dinner, or simply play the games with friends and family at home.
CIR: What inspired this mystery series?
RAPP: My daughter Laura and I co-authored a travel guidebook entitled Cruising the Eastern Caribbean. It was fun traveling the Caribbean with Laura to gather information for the book, but I was not passionate about writing tour guides. Laura got the idea for a mystery novel set on a cruise ship in the Caribbean but she hated writing fiction. She handed the idea to me and the result was Murder Caribbean-Style.
CIR: So the locations were based on places you’ve been. How about the characters?
RAPP: The main character, Kayla is a cute blonde, like my own daughter. (She gave me permission to model the character after her.) Although raised in a metropolitan area, Kayla looks more like a farm girl, healthy, robust, with freckles, and well-toned muscles. She strides confidently, preferring comfortable tennis shoes to high heels, and jeans or shorts to tailored slacks or skirts. The striking qualities that Kayla possesses are intelligence, curiosity, and the ability to talk to anyone. She can analyze a situation quickly and is unafraid to follow a course of action that she believes is correct.
Learn more about Diane Rapp and her books at her website www.quicksilvernovels.com