Deep Blue Murder (A Fiona Quinn Mystery #11) by C. S. McDonald

Full list of C.S. McDonald reviews below.

Synopsis -

Fiona is delighted when her new mother-in-law, Rita Landry invites her and Nathan to a private island in the Bahamas owned by a US ambassador. Sun, sandy beaches, and romantic tangerine sunsets await the newlyweds, but for Rita and her executive assistant, Hal Underwood the trip to Deep Blue Isle is a working vacation. Ambassador Taslow has summoned them to the island to discuss a scandal he has fallen victim to. However, when the Landry’s and Hal arrive, they find less than welcoming circumstances: no internet or Wi-Fi, mischievous monkeys, a dangerous tenant, and then there’s that pesky dead body.

​A storm is brewing on Deep Blue Isle, and it has nothing to do with wind and rain.

Review - 

As a school teacher Fiona Quinn looks forward to a lovely relaxed supper with her boyfriend Detective Nathan Landry.  Nathan's mother, however, has a better offer.  She takes them with her on an assignment to a private island in the Bahamas.  While the mother and her assistant are there to help the owner - Ambassador Taslow - deflect a scandal, the Nathan and Fiona are supposed to be able to relax. Fiona, however, seems to attract trouble, and this trip is no exception. 

From an angry and dangerous looking island manager who seems to have a secret, to the staff of two women who look scared to death of the manager, to the urgent need to deal with ambassador's potential scandal with no idea who is hiding in the background pulling the strings, all four of them are pulled in to help solve the puzzle.  Then one of the two women working there is found dead. Was she the target, or was the real target the ambassador's wife. 

The plot is twisted and full of intrigue. Lighter moments are scattered through courtesy of Fiona's growing relationship with a wild baby monkey. Answers are hard to come by and the danger to each of them personally arises as they get closer to finding answers, and the monkey ends up playing an important part near the end. 

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Fiona Quinn Mystery Series Reviews:
Murder on Pointe #1 HERE
Merry Murder #2 HERE
Waves of Murder #3 HERE
Tastes Like Murder #4 HERE
Good Luck to Murder #5 HERE
Mambo and Murder #HERE
Saddle Up For Murder #7 HERE
Bon Voyage to Murder #8 HERE
Taking Notes on Murder #9 HERE
Matrimony Mayhem and Murder #10 HERE
Deep Blue Murder #11 HERE
Four Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries HERE

Owl's Nest Mystery Series Reviews -
Back to the Burgh and Beyond #1 HERE
Maxed Out #2 HERE
Double Dog Dare #3 -HERE

Meet the Author - 

For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time, she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series that everyone, including teens and tweens, can read and enjoy. Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries includes nine books with a tenth slated for 2021. The books are also available on audio, narrated by Maren Swenson Waxenberg.

Cindy’s newest venture is The Owl’s Nest Mysteries. Once again, she has set her cozy mystery in Pittsburgh and the female protagonist, Alexa Owl, is much different from Fiona Quinn. The Owl’s Nest Mysteries has a little grit, a little time travel, a little romance, and a whole lot of cozy!

Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

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  1. Wow! Thanks so very much, Marilyn for this fabulous collection of review for the Fiona Quinn Mysteries!


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