Pineapple Cay Stories, #1

Junie Coffey provides readers with the perfect island getaway in this cozy mystery. Pineapple Cay is not just an escape it's a fresh start for Nina and a fantastic destination for anyone who dreams of relocating to the sand and sun. At first glimpse Nina comes across as pretty impulsive however as you get to know her you realize that this is not her usual M.O. and that each little adventure she finds herself in is way out of her comfort zone. I could help but admire her and feel a kinship with her as I believe I could find myself purchasing an international home off the Internet late one night. The new friends she meets on the lovely island are a unique mixture of quirky and typical and anything but ordinary. I'm a sucker for romance but as this wasn't a romantic suspense story I wasn't expecting anything too over the top but I enjoyed the light vein of interest that played into the story. I found myself as caught up in the location as in the mystery and I cannot wait to revisit and see just what else Nina and her cohorts can get involved in. This was the perfect read to take me away from my everyday mundane and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a comical, cozy mystery or a tropical treasure.

The Story:

Nina finds herself in Pineapple Cay after one too many glasses of wine and an unexpected change in circumstances lead her to buying a house sight-unseen off the internet. She is determined to give her new lifestyle a go and is rather enjoying the tropical lifestyle even if a wealthy developer wants to see her depart. When the developer's unpleasant wife disappears from a party no one seems too upset that she's missing but Nina and her new friends decide to get to the bottom of things.

Book Blurb for Sunbaked

Welcome to Pineapple Cay.

Nina bought a house off the internet. On a sunny Caribbean island she’d never heard of before. At about two o’clock in the morning with a glass of red wine in her hand, a few hours after her cheating husband had cleared out. She was on a plane to Pineapple Cay a week later.

Things seemed to get off to a good start. Nina’s new hometown is the charming village of Coconut Cove, with its narrow lanes lined with candy coloured houses and gardens overflowing with tropical flowers. Her back yard is a white sand beach and the mesmerizing turquoise sea. Her next door neighbour is the handsome Ted Matthews, owner of a fishing lodge. She’s invited to a glamourous dinner party at the ocean hideaway of a famous rock musician and his lovely wife.

But local big shot Barry Bassett has his eye on Nina’s cozy little beach cottage with the aim of tearing it down to build condos. Then Barry’s obnoxious wife Tiffany goes missing along with a priceless emerald necklace retrieved from a ship wreck, and Nina finds herself sitting across a desk from the very serious chief of police, Blue Roker, wondering how her day dream of easy living in the islands got so far off track so quickly.

Join Nina Spark and her new best friends the philosophizing mailman Danish Jensen and the ever cheerful Pansy Gallagher, as they careen around Pineapple Cay at the maximum speed of fifteen miles an hour in a golf cart, trying to figure out what the heck is going on.

This is a story Jimmy Buffett and Agatha Christie might have come up with if they’d been holed up together for a weekend at some slightly faded beachfront hotel with a pitcher of pina coladas and a box of fireworks.

A Caribbean beach holiday in book form and an action-packed comical caper.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2015 4.00