Murder mars a young New Yorker’s Caribbean getaway.
Emily Harrington has so looked forward to a prenuptial vacation with her fiance, Michael. But when a tricky business deal lures him to London, Emily decides that even on her own, sunny Aruba beats snowy Manhattan hands down. So she starts off for Island Bluffs by herself, hoping Michael will catch up in a day or two. Her first day is a knockout. Island Bluffs owners Martin and Anne Maitland take her under their wing, and soon, she finds herself seated at dinner with the Maitlands; socialite Marietta St. John; her companion, Nora; powerful restaurant critic Roger Stirhew; and his lovely young wife, Jessica. The next day, the Maitlands’ daughter Sarah takes Emily to see her craft co-op in Oranjestad and then to lunch at her fiance’s upscale bistro. In the afternoon, handsome, unattached Nick Marino takes her windsurfing. Aruba is perfect—if only Michael would shake loose of his business obligations so she could show it to him! As the week wears on, however, Emily begins to fret, not only about Michael’s continuing absence, but about Roger the self-centered food critic’s increasing boorishness. He picks fights with his wife, badgers his hosts and threatens other guests, until at long last, someone shoots him in the head. Since Emily’s the one who finds his body, she has to endure endless interviews with the ultrapersistent Inspector Thomas Moller, who’s determined to find Roger’s killer before he or she can strike again.
You know there’s trouble in paradise when the heroine’s fiance doesn’t even have a last name. Romance lovers will be intrigued; mystery buffs may want to steer clear.