Death by Honeymoon, the first in the Caribbean series heralds crashing waves and surf on the island of Barbados. It is the story of young Cindy and Clint whose honeymoon is rudely shattered by a capricious sea.
Cindy and Clint have been married against the wishes of his family. The family does not approve and they make it clear to Cindy. So she is feeling a bit euphoric after a fantastic wedding on her way to honeymoon on the Caribbean island of Barbados. She feels she has defied the world and everyone who was against her. Idyllic days are spent walking on the beach, surfing, and enjoying the island cuisine. Just when they are about to head back, Cindy is ill and has a rude shock in wait for her when she wakes up. Her husband, the champion surfer, has disappeared. A shattered and widowed Cindy returns home to New York in a daze.
Cindy’s sister Ann is kindness itself. Clint’s family is nasty, and his coworkers overly solicitous. After a few weeks of feeling numb, Cindy starts to question the events that happened on the island. She starts digging around and feels that people are holding back information from her. Facing ridicule at her claim that foul play was involved in Clint’s death, she plods on and finds some shocking information. She knows she is on the right track when an attempt is made on her life.
Death by Honeymoon sneaked up on me and turned out to be a fast page turner. The book is written in a flowing narrative and there is very little fluff which is a nice change. So there is no posse of friends, or some weird sidekick or some affected mannerisms to add humor. Jaden Skye gives it to us straight, and does not allow us to deviate from the main plot. There are five more books in the series, all set on some Caribbean island and I am all for reading them back to back.
Death by Honeymoon is some great poolside reading armed with a tropical drink.