Something’s Guava Give By Carrie Doyle: Review/Giveaway

Apr 2, 2022 | 2022 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze, Terrance V. Mc Arthur

by Terrance McArthur

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the first book in this series, It Takes Two to Mango, and Something’s Guava Give, and a link to purchase the new book from Amazon.

Once a high-powered travel magazine editor, Plum Lockhart has re-emerged as a villa broker on the Caribbean paradise aptly called Paraiso. In Carrie Doyle’s second Trouble in Paradise mystery, Something’s Guava Give, she is talked into trying to get Arielle, a publishing heiress, out of trouble with resort security; the girl has a habit of picking up things that don’t belong to her. The next morning, Arielle is dead, and Gerald, one of Plum’s former magazine employees, wants her to investigate, which puts the broker in close proximity with the security chief, the yummy Juan Kevin Munoz.

The murder scene? The garish estate of Dieter Friedrich, acid-washed jeans tycoon. The clue search leads to a bar on an island in a pool where bathers swim with sharks, to a disco, and into a near-throne room where Dieter greets visitors. Next door is the villa of his rich, reclusive nemesis, who hates the noise of Dieter’s disco nights. Gerald shows up to “help” find justice for his boss’s slain daughter, but he spends most of his time drinking, dancing, eating, and working on his tan.

Plum also spends time trying to thread the line between two powerful women on the island, the ex- and second wives of a major family. Each can make her business prosperous…or ruin her. A diminutive host of a game show and his not-that-funny comedienne wife, Arielle’s mousy pal with a gorgeous boyfriend, a famous rock star with hints of a dicey reputation, and a possibly corrupt police chief who jumps to wrong conclusions variously aid and confuse the investigation.

Did Arielle “find/pick up/steal” something that put her life in jeopardy? Can Plum keep her business above water when the tide comes in? Is Juan Kevin available or not? Will Plum shed her NYC attitudes and adopt the Paraisan style that takes things slowly…and will she ever get her own car and ditch the underpowered golf cart in which she trundles around the resort?

Doyle’s previous book series mined the Hamptons for romance and mystery. The Caribbean is yielding gold for her, and there is more to come.

To enter to win a copy of the first book in this series, It Takes Two to Mango, and Something’s Guava Give, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Guava” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 9, 2022. U.S. residents only, and you must be 18 or older to enter. If you are entering via email please include you mailing address in case you win, it will be deleted after the contest. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Terrance V. Mc Arthur worked for the Fresno County Public Library for three decades. He is retired, but not retiring. A storyteller, puppeteer, writer, actor, magician, basketmaker, and all-around interesting person, his goal is to make life more unusual for everyone he meets.

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  1. Sounds interesting! Count me in!

  2. Sounds like a great summer read. Love the cover.

  3. Great to get the first two books so I’m
    ready to keep up with the series.
    thanks. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. It Takes Two to Mango sounds like a delicious book for readers of cozy mysteries. I love discovering new to me series and authors!

  5. It looks like a fun read! I’ll check it out.

  6. Sounds great – and what a bright and interesting cover! I would love a chance to win! Claire.denning.11 at gmail

  7. We have a winner!


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