Saturday, March 17, 2012
Blog Tour: Shore Excursion by Marie Moore
EBook (Available in paperback.)
Native Mississippian, Sidney Marsh, is part of a vanishing breed – a travel agent living in New York. Most people book their trips online, but Sidney is determined to prove that that the more traditional travel agent is still necessary. Her latest assignment is to escort a group of eccentric senior citizens, known as the “High Steppers” on a cruise through Scandinavia. Sidney envisions a peaceful trip filled with museums, tours and shopping but what she ends up with is dead bodies turning up all around her and targeting the “High Steppers”!
Along with her business associate and best friend, Jay Wilson, they try to figure out who could be responsible for such horrible crimes. The captain of the ship, as well as his staff, do not seem interested and want to keep things hush hush. This does not suit Sidney at all, even though Jay warns her to stay out of it. Sidney feels responsible for the safety of her tour group, but when her own life is in danger, she starts to have second thoughts and doesn’t know who to trust.
This is an exciting suspense/thriller with all the ingredients to keep readers at the edge of their seat. It has romance, adventure and quite a bit of mystery all tossed into one huge, compelling story. I have to admit, the killer’s identity surprised me. Just when you think the book has come to a satisfying conclusion, Ms. Moore throws in a curveball you won’t see coming. I know I didn’t and I can usually figure these things out.
This is the first book in the Sidney Marsh series and I’m looking forward to reading the next one.
FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for the blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Marie Moore Bio:
Shore Excursion is Marie Moore’s first novel, but not her first writing experience, and like Sidney Marsh, she is a native Mississippian. She graduated from Ole Miss, married a lawyer in her hometown, taught junior high science, raised a family, and worked for a small weekly newspaper, first as a writer and later as Managing Editor. She wrote hard news, features and a weekly column, sold ads, did interviews, took photos, and won a couple of MS Press Association awards for some of her stories.
In 1985, Marie left the newspaper to open a retail travel agency. She completed agency and computer training with Airlines Reporting Corporation, Delta Airlines and TWA, earned her CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) designation, and joined the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), International Air Transport Association (IATA), and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). For the next 15 years, she managed her agency, sold travel, escorted group tours, sailed on 19 cruises, and visited over 60 countries. Much of the background of Shore Excursion comes from that experience.
Marie also did location scouting and worked as the local contact for several feature films, including Heart of Dixie, The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag, and Robert Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune.
In mid-1999, because of her husband's work, Marie sold the travel agency and moved to Jackson, MS, then New York City, Anna Maria Island, FL, and Arlington, VA. She and her husband now live in Memphis, TN and Holly Springs, MS.
Marie is a member of Sisters in Crime.
Release: April 1, 2012
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