Monday, December 26, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 112: Santa Cruise

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!


I had hoped to finish Santa Cruise by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark by now, but with getting ready for Christmas and being gone all weekend, that did not happen. In fact, I got zero reading done over the holiday, so am not even halfway through this one yet, only about 27%. Here's a little offering from chapter three.




Under cover of darkness late on Christmas night, in the Port of Miami, a rowboat glided silently up to the side of the Royal Mermaid. A rope ladder was dropped from the lowest deck.

(pg 15)








ABOUT THE BOOK
Santa Cruise: A Holiday Mystery at Sea
(Regan Reilly Mysteries #12)

Alvirah Meehan, lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, and private investigator Regan Reilly are guests, along with their spouses, on the "Santa Cruise." The cruise is a gift from Commodore Randolph Weed to a select group that "has made the world a better place." His largesse is prompted by the desire to create a buzz about his new cruise ship, the Royal Mermaid, as she sets out on her maiden voyage.

Alvirah, Regan, and her new husband, Jack—head of the NYPD Major Case Squad—are joined as guests on the cruise by a mystery fan convention celebrating a "ghost of honor," as well as ten men who donated time playing Santa Claus, now hoping for a restful post-season. That tranquility vanishes when two Santa suits disappear from a locked room, a storm develops, and an attempt is made on a passenger's life. As the Royal Mermaid sails through troubled waters, Alvirah, Regan, and Jack uncover clues that lead them to dangerous criminals not on the original guest list....



14 comments:

sallyfromoz said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. I have been eyeing off Santa Cruise a few years now - really will have to read it next year.

Heather said...

Sally: I had hoped to "sail" through this one, but that darn holiday got in the way. Not sure what I think of it so far, but hoping I can devote more time to it this week.

Niina C said...

That teaser has a cool eerie vibe to it. :D

Here is mine: Teaser Tuesday - Heated seats and showing some lace...

Shelley Munro said...

Skulduggery afoot! Good teaser, Heather. Thanks for stopping by my teaser.

Beth said...

Very mysterious!! Here is my teaser for this week.

Heather said...

Niina: "Cool eerie vibe..." I like that. Thanks for visiting!

Shelley: Definitely a bit of skulduggery--in more ways than one, as it turns it. *WG*

Beth: Well it is a mystery. *VBG*

Tribute Books Mama said...

A captivating teaser.

http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/12/teaser-tuesday_27.html

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This one sounds very enticing! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Heather said...

Tribute: Thank you, and thanks for visiting!

Laurel-Rain: Glad to have enticed. ;-)

Alice Audrey said...

Ah, so the title is a partial pun. I thought so, then not, then so. Um... if that makes any sense.

TToria said...

Fab teaser Heather!

& thanks for stopping by my blog
:-)

TToria
xo

Heather said...

Alice: Partial pun? No, there really is an after-Christmas cruise in the book with ten Santas billed as the "Santa Cruise."

TToria: Thanks! *G*

Alice Audrey said...

Ghost of honor?

Heather said...

Alice: Yes, "ghost of honor." There is a mystery writers group on board, and they are honoring a recently deceased mystery writer who just happens to resemble an escaped felon.