Mai Tais & Murder
Beach Cocktail Mysteries Book 1
by Lydia Lane
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Pub Date 04 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 01 Nov 2023
Tessa Tidwell knew one thing...
Honeymoons aren't meant to be solo excursions.
Wait, make that two things.
She knew two things.
The second thing?
Honeymoons aren't meant to become murder investigations.
Tessa Tidwell is newly single. And on her honeymoon.
Following a disastrous wedding (disastrous in the sense that it didn’t happen), Tessa jets off to the Golden Hibiscus Resort to lick her wounds among swaying palm trees and a mai tai.
It should’ve been a classic rom com story: Brokenhearted woman goes to tropical island, finds herself, meets her One True Love.
But nothing about this trip has gone the way Tessa expected.
Praise for the Beach Cocktail Mysteries
“A fun, beachy mystery.“
“If nothing else, read this book for Sibyl Vine, Tessa’s martini-drinking, caftan-wearing accomplice-slash-mentor. You’ll love her.”
“...Refreshing, full of humor, and a great read to start the new year with. Strong female protagonists… plus a murder or two.”
“So funny... The characters are amazing. You want to punch several of them over the course of the book and hug others… It kept me guessing!”
Average rating from 74 members
This was such a fun read while being in vacation! I’m at atmospheric reader and this book did just that for me. Solving a murder, tropical weather, and some romance. I appreciated that Tessa was older, and her friendship with Sybil. A great duo! So glad to have found this author!
This is a perfect beach, cozy mystery! And may be a new favorite genre of mine. I read this on a beach vacation and the vibes were amazing. I was hooked from the beginning and loved Tessa as a main character. Im so excited to see that this is a series and to pick up the other titles! Perfect summer reads!
This was such an amazing book! It starts with Tessa Tidwell showing up at the Golden Hibiscus resort for her honeymoon. Unfortunately, she is alone. Her fiance decided just before the rehersal dinner that he didn't want to marry her, so, she has gone on the honeymoon by herself. While there she meets Sybil who is hilarious. She is constantly drinking martinis, even at 10 am, and has had 4 different husbands. She has plenty of life advice for Tessa, including how to deal with relationships.
Tessa has booked a sailing lesson, but when she goes out on the boat with the instructor, they find a dead body in the water, and the adventure takes off from there. Tessa ends up spending her "honeymoon" trying to find out who the murderer is and enlists Sybil's reluctant help.
The characters were fun and engaging, the mystery was excellent, and I couldn't put it down. Definitely a must read for cozy mystery lovers.
I absolutely ADORED this book. And when I read the note from the author at the end I loved it even more! I loved this book so much that I completely disregarded my long TBR list that I had planned out for after this one and ran to Amazon to download book 2 in the series. So excited to start it and see what Tess and Sibyl get into next! Whenever people say books are laugh out loud funny I think it's just an expression because books never make me literally laugh out loud but I found myself cracking up at the authors witty humor. Cannot recommend this one enough!