Death by Marriage is the third installment in the Caribbean Murder series by Jaden Skye. We head to St. Thomas this time, where a rich criminal attorney is found murdered and his wife is the number one suspect. Cindy and her new partner Mattheus are hired by the widow who is more indignant than sad.
We first encountered Cindy Blaine in Death by Honeymoon where she single handedly solves her husband’s murder. Cindy has now joined forces with ex cop Mattheus and is heading to the island of Saint Thomas. Hurricane season is fast approaching and the duo have a small window of time to solve the case. Local police are convinced that Kendra, the widow is guilty and have not really investigated anything else.
Cindy and Mattheus start asking questions, trying to find out more about the dead man. Kendra is angry about being the suspect and is keeping information from the PIs. Her daughter Nell is a willful teenager who doesn’t talk much. Heather May is a queer woman on the island who knew the deceased. Cindy persists and comes across some clues that were missed by the police. New suspects emerge and they are vetted by Cindy and Mattheus. There is a totally unexpected twist that blows the whole case apart and will delight any mystery lover.
I am beginning to love this series. I did not expect much initially, I don’t know why. I waited several months before reading the first of the series. Considering the 100-150 books on my Kindle that are TBR, it is often a question of what catches my eye first. The stories appear to be written in a very simple style but that can actually be very difficult. The narrative is smooth and fast and there is hardly any fluff or text that does not move the plot forward.
The only thing I wasn’t too happy about with this book is the typos and editing errors. This is what differentiates a self published book from one that has gone through several editing rounds. No matter how many times you read and re-read, it is hard to find your own errors. A ‘third eye’ is essential. Autocorrect is the culprit in many cases and changes whole words. But in one place, even the name of the character is changed to something else. This can really reduce the impression of an otherwise excellent piece of fiction.
I am certainly hooked on to the Caribbean Murder series, and am eager to read what Cindy is up to in her next case.