Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Over Maya Dead Body

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ORCHARD, SANDRA
OVER MAYA DEAD BODY

Crime doesn't take a vacation

FBI Special Agent Serena Jones arrives on Martha's Vineyard with her family, ready for a bit of R & R and a lot of reminiscing as they celebrate the engagement of an old family friend. But when a suspicious death tied to an antiquities smuggling ring interrupts her picture-perfect trip, she's soon entangled in the investigation.

Propelled into danger, Serena must stay the course and solve this case before anyone else dies. But just how is she supposed to do that when the two men in her life arrive on the scene, bringing with them a boatload of romantic complications -- and even a secret or two?

My Review:

Campy and quirky and sooooooo much fun. The author's devious plotting leads Serena and company on a merry chase around Martha's Vineyard as they work on solving a very personal murder mystery. Madcap mayhem guaranteed! Aunt Martha is in her element and even Harold the Cat gets to pack his bag and cone holidaying...even if a murder interrupts the festivities before they really get started!

The mystery is brilliant. I think I suspected nearly every secondary character at some point in my read. And I was all too gullible in places, willing to be reeled in by multiple red herrings. I might just have to turn in my armchair sleuth credentials after finishing this novel!

This is the third and final book in the Serena Jones Mystery series and, honestly, I think it is best to read these books in order.. That's because of the developing romantic entanglements that carry over from one book to the next. And, hallelujah,we finally find out who Serena will spend her happily ever after with in Over Maya Dead Body!

In fact the author did something rather outrageous and totally intriguing -- she let readers vote for who Serena would choose as her Mr. Right. Fans quickly divided into teams -- Nate vs Tanner -- and all bets were off. Even Sandra Orchard didn't know what the romance outcome would be as she was writing this third book. Talk about gutsy. But she pulls it off brilliantly.

I have to admit to falling hard for both heroes -- wisecracking FBI agent Tanner and there's-more-than-meets-the-eye neighbour Nate. My heart feels rather pummeled now that I've watched it all play out to a stunning conclusion. And I loved every minute even though I'm not a fan of love triangles as a rule.

Clever from the unique cover art to the tongue-in-cheek title to the compelling story within. I loved this book so much that I savored it over a period of three days! (I usually read a book in a day or day and a  half.) But I didn't want this one to end even though I wanted to know how everything turned out. So I doled out my reading time in short installments and then giddily created my own spin offs scene by scene before picking up with the story once again. Reading Over Maya Dead Body was such a blast! I'll admit to feeling a bit melancholy now that it's all over.

Book provided courtesy of the author and Revell Publishing

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Over Maya Dead Body, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so that it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announce on Sunday July 16 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

49 comments:

  1. I haven't read this series, but I know you really need to read all three to get the full picture. I've read high praise for these, thanks for the chance!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. If you love cozy mysteries with lots of quirk and hilarious banter and a host of engaging characters then you definitely need to read this series. :-) Good luck, Trixi.

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    2. Sounds like it's right up my alley then :-)

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  2. Thanks for the chance to win this book. I love quirky and fun books. 😁
    iamabho AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Then you definitely must read this one. Good luck, Linda.

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    2. Thanks :) I have it on my wish list of course LOL

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  3. I love campy, quirky and fun and especially a good mystery. Thank you for the chance to win this one Kav. :)

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. You're welcome, Cindy. Good luck.

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  4. Gotta catch up on Sandra's books...great author! I would love to read all in this series! Thanks, Kav, for your review and giveaway.
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. I think this is Sandra's best series yet. Good luck, Jackie.

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  5. I am intrigued by this book and I certainly need to read the others. Thank you for the opportunity, Kav! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck.

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  6. You write the funnest reviews. :) So glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. :-) You write the funniest mysteries!!! Can't wait for more!

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  7. Ooh. Thanks for the review! Loved Another Day Another Dali. Would love to follow Serena on this journey.

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. Yay -- a Serena Jones fan!!!! You must finish the series, Mindy. Good luck!

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  8. I had not heard of this series before. You make it sound so fun! Now, I am going to look into Serena's first two books! Thanks for the contest!
    eeyore722(at)gmail(dot)com
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    Cindy

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    1. It's an awesome series, Cindy. Hope you get to read all three books soon. Good luck.

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  9. I am just getting into cozy mysteries so this is one series that I have been looking forward to reading. The contest for the readers to choose the hero that Serena ends up with is neat. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. I love a good cozy mystery. Good luck, Loraine.

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  10. Thanks for the fun review. I've been meaning to read one of these mysteries. Some don't care for the angle of having to choose between 2 guys, but I do!

    Please throw me in the draw, thanks! tracey14567 at gmail dot com

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    1. Sandra does the love angle really well. I thought I wouldn't like it -- but she totally sucked me in. :-) Good luck, Tracey.

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  11. Thank you so much for the chance. Blessings
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Lucy. Good luck.

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  12. This book, and the previous ones in the series, have been on my "want to read" list since I heard about them. I enjoy cozy mysteries, but the clever titles are what set this series apart. Thanks for the chance to win Over Maya Dead Body.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Aren't the titles clever? Definitely reflects the quirky humour of the stories. Good luck, Pam.

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  13. This series looks like such a fun read! I don't know why I haven't added them to my "list" before now. Thanks for the awesome review.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. It's a great series, Pam. Hope you get to read it soon. Good luck.

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  14. I will definitely have to add this series to my must read stack! Thanks for the review and giveaway. I couldn't have stretched out reading this over 3 days! d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. LOL -- it was a challenge. The whole want to know/don'g want to know conundrum. Good luck, Donna.

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  15. I've heard a lot about this series but haven't read any yet! Looking forward to enjoying them, they sound so good! Thanks for the chance to win. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. You're welcome, Paula. Good luck.

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  16. I love that all of these books have an art theme. It's fun and well-written.
    Dianna (dedezoomsalot at yahoo dot com)

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    1. Yes, the art theme is unique and makes for a great mystery. Good luck, Dianna.

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  17. Loved the first two, would can't wait to read this one
    marcus802001(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Sandra Orchard is such a great author! Good luck, Mark.

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  18. I read the first two in the series. Missed this one. Would love to read so I can see what happens. Thanks for the giveaway.
    amylsmith at bledsoe DOT net

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    1. Over Maya Dead Body just came out July 4 so you're just in time to catch up with Serena and company. Good luck, Aimee.

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  19. Read a few of her books and enjoyed them. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  20. LOL! KAV, I love your review! Sounds like a great series. Thank you for the chance.
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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  21. I have the first two books in the series and totally LOVED them! I'm hoping to get the chance to read this one soon... Great review!
    Blessings!
    Jasmine A.
    montanamade(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You definitely need to finish off the series, Jasmine. Good luck!

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  22. I have to admit that my biggest draw to this series is the play-on-word titles. Being familiar with Sandra Orchard's LI suspense books also helps. :) tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. And the storytelling is just as clever as the titles are. Love everything about this series. More humour in these books then the LIS which is tremendous fun. Good luck, Terrill.

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    2. Comedy is a major draw for me, as well.

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