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The Wipeout Affair

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When I finished Drowning Lessons I was completely taken with Rachel Neuburger Reynolds writing full of wit & mystery. By the end of the book, I already added the second installment - The Wipeout Affair to my tbr list! The Wipeout Affair also left me fascinated by the beauty of Bocas Del Toros, Lexie's sarcasm filled monologues & most of all the mystery. I found it compelling & funny in equal measures. I find this series humorous & hope to read the next soon! This was a good break from all the dark thrillers I've been quarantine-reading.

After the events from the wedding-from-hell, Lexie finds herself enamoured by Bocal del Torros. Making a life-altering decision of leaving NYC for the simple joys of the beautiful Panamian Island. Budding friendships with the locals make Lexie confident she's finally rid of all the toxicity in life. Determined to overcome her fear of the water Lexi enrolls in snorkeling lessons are develops a friendship with the enigmatic Jazz. She finds two part-time jobs at the islands & becomes good friends with Detective LaGuardia. Staying in a sunny paradise also means she gets to socialize with a fair share of handsome beach bod hunks. 
When the body of a beautiful wealthy local - Jazz is found at an isolated surf camp, the owner calls on Lexie to help him figure out who did it in this delicious whodunit. Reluctant sleuth Lexie first turns to the police, but her sudden access to a treasure-trove of island secrets convinces her it’s time to solve another murder on her own.

I liked that this book saw the return of many characters from the previous books. It gives it a sense of continuity. The new characters too were very good! I really like Lexie's inner monologues with herself.  The wit is a refreshing change of scene from my usual picks. I was looking forward to picking up from where the last book left off, but that part was just mentioned in casual passing!  Hopefully, there will be more adventures for Lexie to go on and I can't wait to read about them!

Thank You, NetGalley, BooksGoSocial & Rachel Neuburger Reynolds for an arc!
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First, absolutely love the cover, definite Endless Summer vibes. This is a hard rating for me, because I did not read the first book in the series. Despite it being described as a stand alone book, the first few chapters keep referring back to this disastrous wedding that triggered all the fear in the main character. So I just wanted to give up on this book until I had read the first book. It's hard to get into the groove when the main character's motivation all stems from a past that is referenced but leads you to not be able to find out unless you read the first book.

I may re-read this if I get around to reading the first book and change my review.

Thank you to Net Galley for the ARC for an honest review.
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A light and breezy mystery akin to a cozy but taking place in a unique setting. 

Lexie Marino is back in the second installment of the Red Frog Beach Mysteries, this time as a resident of Bocas Del Toro rather than as a wedding guest. While still adjusting to life in the tropics, she stumbles upon another murder, this time of a local and friend.

The writing isn’t great and the solve is a touch sloppy, but the story is well-paced and boasts an amusing cast of characters. Lexie herself comes off as a bit of a simp, but she grows on you. 

I also enjoyed the unique setting (fair warning, though: The book has nothing to do with surfing, despite the title and cover art). In all, this was a fun, escapist mystery that doesn’t make you work too hard. I’d read another.
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Great read!
Yes, it's technically a murder mystery, but really it's all about island life and what it means to live where everyone knows everyone and there is nowhere to escape. 
Lexie moved to Panama, to a little island paradise and despite being terrified of water, she is enjoying her new life... until one of her best friends on the island is murdered. 
The murderer has to be on the islands and it is someone she knows... and somehow she gets involved in solving the mystery - again!
It's a fun read, and there's nothing like dreaming of the perfect life in paradise!
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The Wipeout Affair is the first book I’ve read by this author.
I had a hard time getting into the story and I couldn’t relate to any of the characters.
Sometimes a book immediately grabs my attention, but this book didn’t do that for me.
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The Wipeout Affair by Rachel Neuburger Reynolds is the 2nd book in the Red Fog Beach Mystery series, and another fun addition.  I found this book to be fun with many twists and turns to keep me reading.  The plot and characters are well developed, and I enjoy the quirky characters in the book, several that have returned from the first book, Drowning Lessons.   I highly recommend this book, and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and the publisher.  Thank you.
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The Wipeout Affair is a quick fast read but was lacking something.  I didn't read the first in the series and could be missing something that makes the characters pop off the page.
Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of Rachel Reynolds The Wipeout Affair.
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I had left reading the first book too late, so when I saw the second was out, I jumped at it and finished it as soon as I could. It was shorter than the first (or felt like it) but lacked the sparkle of the first. If you check my previous review out, you will know how much I enjoyed the first. I have to begin by saying that I only gave this book three stars because I ended up comparing it with the first.

Lexie has made a permanent move to the place where she narrowly escaped mortal peril. The sun, sand and the people drew her back. She has to juggle two part-time jobs to make ends meet, but she likes the person she is. She refuses to be officially deputized, but when another murder occurs, she wants to get to the bottom of it out of a feeling of obligation to the victim. She starts to see everyone with a suspicious eye, and this spoils more than a single day for her. She has to deal with all sorts of crazy situations, but it is ultimately her who identifies the missing link that pins the culprit down. This last bit is rare in the cozy scene sometimes, as the lead protagonist bumbles her way into the solution. In this book, however, she works her way painstakingly through every single clue. There are some good back and forths between the characters we have already been introduced to in the previous visit. This 'banter' and the overall narration is the highlight of the book.

I recommend starting this series. The author is skilled, and Lexie is fun but also real as she struggles with the decisions she has made. I look forward to what she does next. 

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.
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I enjoyed this book, but felt it was badly edited as sometimes it was too wordy for the plot to flow smoothly. If you like a lot of explanation and detail then you will probably love this, but I did skim through some passages just to get to the action.
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An entertaining and engaging mystery. Interesting location. Unusual characters. I share her discomfort with the water. Proud of her progress.
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Enjoyed this book very much. The characters were well drawn and the story flowed seamlessly. Highly recommended.
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This is Book 2 in a series, but very readable as a standalone. Lexie Milano has left NYC to live the island life - beaches, palm trees, tropical drinks. She tries her best to put aside her fear of howler monkeys, banana spiders, and the water to embrace the full experience. 

When Jazz - Lexi's friend and snorkel encourager - turns up dead, Lexi once again finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery. There are some characters from Book 1 and several new ones. The story is generally fast paced and light enough to breeze through quickly. Sometimes I like to have a read that's fun and easy, and enjoyed this one.

I received an ARC from NetGalley, and am sharing my honest opinion.
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Superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL			
			
I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.  			
			
From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.			
There’s trouble in paradise, in the hilarious second book of the Red Frog Beach Mystery Series.

Ready to go back to the beach?

Lexie Milano left her heart in Bocas del Toro, and the new and improved New Yorker makes the big choice to move to the laid-back Caribbean island permanently. Piña coladas, white sand beaches, and a little cabin of her own on the edge of the rainforest complete her picture of the perfect tropical future awaiting her. But if it looks too good to be true, it usually is. . .

When the body of a beautiful wealthy local is found at an isolated surf camp, the owner calls on Lexie to help him figure out who did it in this delicious whodunit. Reluctant sleuth Lexie first turns to the police, but her sudden access to a treasure-trove of island secrets convinces her it’s time to solve another murder on her own.

Favourite characters from Drowning Lessons return to grace the pages of this comedic mystery, including Migs, the handsome photographer; Lloyd, the genius with the cryptic past; and Lexie’s new best friend, Detective LaGuardia. Between old friends, new associates, and the added potential of shark attacks, The Wipeout Affair will leave you laughing and guessing until the very end.

“This book can be read as a stand-alone.”

What a beautiful way to spend a sunny summer afternoon on the porch ... umm....autyumn day.   I loved the first book in the series and tis one did not disappoint - favourite characters came back yet one would not be out of luck if they have not read the previous book in the series. 

The book was well written and fun to read - recommend it to your patrons, pick it up for yourself and enjoy a rollicking mystery read! 
			
As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "Social Influencer Millennials" on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 🌊🌊🌊🌊
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An entertaining mystery, well written and well crafted.
I liked the engrossing plot, the cast of characters and the setting.
I look forward to reading other books in this series.
Recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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Having enjoyed The Drowning Lessons i was very excited to read The Wipeout Affair. The book didn't disappoint. Lexie decides to leave NYC behind and move to Boca Del Toro. When one of her new friends is found dead and suspicion falls on her friend and a part time employer she dives into the murder to prove that he's innocent. Island secrets are uncovered and it's up to Lexie to find the real killer. Although i figured out who the murderer was relatively early in the book it was still an interesting read. Was hoping for a bit more romance between Lexie and Renny. Looking forward to future adventures!
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