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Drowned Under: A Cyd Redondo Mystery    by Wendall Thomas Amazon.com order for
Drowned Under
by Wendall Thomas
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2019 (2019)
Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Drowned Under by Wendall Thomas follows quickly after the first in the series, Lost Luggage. The latter introduced travel agent Cyd Redondo to the reading world. She not only found luggage without an owner, but also owners without their luggage.

In Drowned Under, Cyd sails to Australia to locate her ex-husband's parents, who have disappeared from their cruise ship. Cyd never fails to do things the hard way. Missing the ship headed down under, she is offered a helicopter ride, not realizing that there is no landing pad on the ship. Her antics, while being lowered from the helicopter, are watched by almost everyone aboard and make Cyd the talk of the ship.

Cyd finds her BFF's dead body (murdered) and she will do anything to catch the foul creature who would do such a thing. Cyd usually ends up accomplishing her goals. But not without consequences. Fortunately, she has a sense of humor that just won't quit. Along the way, readers will learn about the fashions of the day especially her prized Balenciaga bag and its equally prized contents.

Wendall Thomas has a great imagination and uses it with abandon to delight her readers. Her first novel, Lost Luggage, was nominated for the Lefty and Macavity for Best First Debut Mystery. I am sure Drowned Under will be held in the same esteem. A fun book.

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