Reefs, Royals, Reckonings
by John Keyse-Walker
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Pub Date 05 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 31 Aug 2023
When Constable Teddy Creque is assigned to the security detail at a grand reception on the little island of Tortola for Princess Portia and her husband Lord Sutherland, he’s prepared for a British royal night out. He’s less prepared for an evening of dreary small talk about bond prices and tax havens. But at least the event is going smoothly, he tells himself . . . That is, until it’s cut dramatically short by a shot ringing out from the direction of the garden.
Anxious that one of the royals is in danger, Teddy springs into action. He has to get the royal pair to safety, but first he has to find them. And they’re not the only ones missing – where is his superior, Deputy Commissioner Howard Lane?
Soon, in the depths of the tropical darkness, Teddy has his answer – and is confronted by his worst nightmare. Plunged into his most high-profile investigation yet, Teddy knows he has to solve this case fast . . . or heads will roll.
Reefs, Royals, Reckonings is the fourth novel in the Teddy Creque mystery by award-winning author John Keyse-Walker. Readers of traditional mysteries with tropical settings, lively characters and exciting plot twists will be thrilled.
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The fourth entry in the Teddy Creque Mystery series finds the constable with a murder case on his hands - one committed during a British royal reception. Just as Teddy thought that the evening couldn’t run any more smoothly, the peace is shattered by a shot - with people missing and the event in chaos, can Teddy pull through to save the day? With its’ beautiful tropical island setting and a cast of deftly drawn characters, this is another engaging and enjoyable mystery with twists and turns aplenty and a lively narrative. A worthy addition to the series to date.
Did the Deputy Commissioner really kill his wife during a reception for visiting British royalty to Tortola? That's the problem Constable Teddy Creque is facing in this fourth in a light hearted series set in the Caribbean. Teddy has to solve the murder, absolve his boss, and protect the royals, all while maintaining a good relationship with his wife, Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. It's entertaining and entirely enjoyable as a standalone.
Police constable Teddy Creque is still the resident police presence on the British Virgin island Anegada. This is the quiet island governed by Tortola in the caribbean.
Teddy and his marital partner Jeanne Trengrouse are in Tortola to assist with a royal visit. Princess Portia seventh in line to the British throne. Together with her new husband the Viscount of Newent they are staying on the island for a few days.
Deputy Commissioner Lane instructs Teddy on security procedures. Teddy is reaquainted with Cat. Wells. Ex lover and the last time they met he nearly died. Cat has just been released from prison! Jeanne is not impressed!
Deputy Commissioner Lane's wife Letitia is also at the function. When Princess Portia goes into the garden followed by the Lanes. Teddy hears a gun shot and finds his boss standing over his wife with his gun having been fired. Mrs. Lane is dead!
Teddy has to arrest his confused boss and then try to understand what happened. To do so he must interrogate the Princess and her new husband. But will they be willing to say what they saw? Is Teddy's boss guilty? If not who killed Mrs. Lane and why? Teddy's work is made more complicated when he learns that his boss has had a mistress for sometime.
A good series that helps you escape to sunny laid back islands. This is the 4th book in the series. Highly recommended.
I want to read more stories in this series as it's highly entertaining, compelling and well plotted.
Lovely setting and characters, excellent storytelling.
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine
Reefs, Royals, Reckonings by John Keyse-Walker is the fourth in the Constable Teddy Creque mysteries set in the Caribbean. With the murder of his boss's wife at a party for a minor Royal, the pressure is on for Teddy to solve the mystery while keeping the Princess safe. With the arrival of Cat, a person from his past and the struggles with his present family, Teddy manages to solve it all. The setting is lovely and the characters are very enjoyable.