Rotten Bananas and the Emerald Dream
by Muriel Ellis Pritchett
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Pub Date 27 Nov 2019 | Archive Date 30 Jan 2020
When Carolina Cunningham’s perfect life in retirement at the Villas begins to feel less than perfect, she realizes something is missing in her life. Even though she finds enjoyment reading her Mrs. Craycraft Super Agent books, she wants something more. When she decides what is missing in her life is adventure, excitement, and romance, she convinces two bridge-playing friends to take a Caribbean cruise onboard The Emerald Dream. During the cruise, the women cross paths with a stowaway, a hunky spy, a smuggling ring, assassins, and kidnappers. As their fears are brushed aside by authorities, the women do not know who they can trust. Everyone—from Mr. Hunky Spy to Mr. Boring Officer—is suspect. In every island port, they search for evidence to prove they’re not batty old women, while trying not to meet an untimely end in the process.
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Rotten Bananas and the emerald dream by Muriel Ellis Pritchett . It’s a fun book about three older women of varying ages living in a retirement village and the younger of the three is seeking a little adventure as life is becoming staid and a tad boring . Carolina manages to talk her two friends Eula Mae and Yasuko into going on a Caribbean cruise seeking a release from their boredom and maybe even an adventure. Once they embark onto the Ship they notice a strange incident then workout it is a stowaway coming onto the ship. Carolina an avid reader of spy novels feels she wants to investigate further - then the fun/danger begins. Though know they take it very seriously as they are of more mature years. It’s a lovely read very funny and lots of intrigue. Thoroughly enjoyed it and the underdogs win out.
This is a cute little mystery for those who want to read about mature protagonists who are not content to sit idle in a retirement community! Each of the three ladies who go on this cruise are unique in their own way, though sometimes there is a bit too much repetition (e.g., the "Lordy, Lordy" comments). The plot is just a bit too predictable, but has lots of detail to keep one's interest.
Rotten Bananas and the Emerald Dream by Muriel Ellis Pritchett is a delightful book about Carolina Cunningham who spends her time reading super agent books, and looking for more adventure. Carolina talks her two friends Eula Mae and Yasuko into going on a Caribbean cruise with her. During the cruise there is adventure around every corner. This book made me laugh, and I read it in one sitting and highly recommend it. I really enjoy that the heroins are 50+, after all new adventures can start for them too. I will be reading more of Ms. Pritchett's books. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
“Rotten Bananas and the Emerald Dream” presents readers with a humorous tale of adventure on the high seas. Although their retirement community seems perfect, Carolina longs for something new and different. She books a cruise and convinces two friends to go along. Although they expected a fun and relaxing time on board the Emerald Dream, Carolina and her sidekicks soon find themselves embroiled in solving a mystery. Imagine three retirees trying to catch smugglers, hide a stowaway teen, and discover secret identities, and you have the basics for this book. The elderly trio is portrayed with humor and gentleness, as well as respect for their wisdom and spirit. Cruise ship life is accurately described and provides an interesting backdrop for all the action. The characters are described in enough detail for readers to get a complete picture of them, and to be able to keep them straight. The verbal expressions adopted by the ladies are hilarious and add to the humor of the story. Each lady returns to the Villas after the trip with new adventures and maybe romance in the future. To find the meaning of the title, read the book! Readers who enjoy a cozy mystery will find this clean novel to be a quick and enjoyable read. I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
Action packed, funny, full of mystery and romance. This book had it all, add in a cruise ship and visits to Caribbean ports of call and it is a blockbuster. Carolina is a mystery novel reader who convinces her friends to go on a cruise with her. What follows is an adventure. As an avid cruiser Mrs. Pritchett includes details others would miss. This book is a must read for cruise fanatics and those who love a good mystery novel.
Carolina is 62, retired, and living in a retirement home. She is bored and looking for excitement... the cruise offers that and more. I liked Carolina and that as a mature woman, she and her friends were looking for love and romance. The cruise starts out with Carolina observing a stowaway and being inspired by Agent Craycraft. As she focuses on finding out who the stowaway is, whom she can trust, and what is going on behind the scenes. It did keep me guessing. Her two friends that accompanied on her trip, Eula Mae and Yasuko, were both amusing and were older than her. It was interesting to see how getting older is not so scary or different. Overall, it was good to read about an adventure and mystery with mature women. It was enjoyable, but not a standout for me. I would like to read more by this new-to-me author Note: I reviewed this for NetGalley. This is not a book I would have normally read, but glad that I was able to read it.