Waiting On Wednesday (111)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Terns of Endearment
A Meg Langslow Mystery #25
Donna Andrews
Minotaur Books, August 2019
Mystery, Cozy

From the publisher—

Meg Langslow’s grandfather has been booked by a cruise line to give lectures on birds and other environmental topics as part of their ship’s education/entertainment itinerary, and Grandfather has arranged for a passel of family members to join him.

The passengers’ vacation quickly becomes a nightmare when they wake up to find themselves broken down and in need of repairs in the Bermuda Triangle. To keep the stranded passengers calm, Meg’s family and friends band together to keep things organized and provide entertainment. Some even take up the cause of nursing an injured tern back to health.

But things get even worse when a crew member announces to all that a woman has jumped overboard, leaving behind her shoes, shawl, and a note. The note reveals she’s the mortal enemy of group of writers who came on board for a retreat, and the group is split on whether suicide is in-character for her. Meanwhile, grandfather’s assistant Trevor seems to have gone missing too!

The captain decides not to investigate, saying he’ll notify American authorities when they reach their destination. But Meg’s father thinks they should find out whether there was foul play while the prime suspects are all stuck on board. Who wanted the writer dead? Why doesn’t the captain seem concerned? What happened to Trevor? It’ll be a race against the clock to solve these mysteries before they make the necessary repairs and return to shore.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? This IS Donna Andrews after all so do I really need to say more? Well, okay, this series has been my go-to cozy escape since the very beginning and I’m always stoked when a new one is due. Nobody makes me smile as much as Donna does, not to mention a good deal of laughing out loud, and she always has an entertaining mystery to solve, too. Oh, and the icing on the cake—I have a very special place in my heart for Donna because she and fellow mystery author Rosemary Stevens dropped by our bookstore on opening day and that was a highlight in a day of joy.