Review of Margaritas, Mayhem and Murder



Andi’s step-mother is a real piece of work! But is Ruby a murderer?

Andi Anna Jones, so-so travel agent/amateur sleuth, puts aside her resentment of her father’s widow and books a 60th birthday cruise to Cancun for Ruby and three friends. Never does Andi imagine the cruise will lead to the murder of a has-been lounge singer—or that Ruby will be the main suspect.

Flirting with more than danger after arriving in Mexico, Andi connects with the charming local sheriff, Manuel Rodriquez. After an embarrassing night involving the sheriff, too many margaritas, and a Mariachi band, a chance to check out an eyewitness to the murder leads her to Las Vegas.

In Vegas, a mysterious meeting in the Bodies Exhibition, a body preserving in the prep-room, and an evasive owner of a dance studio, give Andi clues to help Ruby. But when Andi is mercilessly drugged and locked in a storage room, she realizes dear old step-mom isn’t the only one in jeopardy. (Goodreads)




The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Andi is a no-nonsense woman who does not really like to be told what to do.  When her former stepmother, Ruby, calls and demands that Andi help her out of the mess that she has gotten herself in (a murder charge), Andi is not happy but what can she do?  She promised her dad that she would watch out for Ruby, so she knows she has to help.  Ruby is a real pain, and Andi has a hard time being anywhere near her.  Her sister, Georgia, has a family and really cannot leave them to help with Ruby’s problem.  I personally thought that Georgia was a spoiled person and I really did not like her very much.  I did like Andi and I thought her sarcasm and some of her actions were very funny.  I really enjoyed get to meet her and learn more about her.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the story, I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place.  The mystery was well plotted and I felt there was a fair amount of clues to pick up on.  But I thought that the mystery ended rather abruptly and I would have liked it to have been developed and drawn out a little more.  That is only my opinion and other’s may not agree with me.   

I would recommend this book to all of those who like a funny well written cozy mystery. I hope this is the start of a new series because I would like to be able to spend more time with Andi and see what she gets up in next.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, when it is released.