Review: Murder on the Oceania

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Murder on the Oceania
Murder on the Oceania by Elizabeth Martin

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I found a plethora of free cozy mysteries on Amazon — all first in the series — and downloaded them without really looking into any details other than a brief plot overview. Murder on a cruise ship seemed like a different angle. I downloaded it to Kindle on my iPad and began reading it. Suddenly, after about 12 pages, it said 25% done. I thought something was wrong with the download and re-sync’d. Same result… so I did a little research, and then I found out… it was only 50 pages! It’s a cozy short story meant as an introduction to this author and a way to hook you to buy more. But unfortunately, it didn’t hook me. And I tend to give a lot of leeway on a cozy mystery series.

I’ll try to keep my review focused on the parameters of this being a short 50 page story where it takes 20 pages to introduce the characters, 5 to show the murder, 20 to solve it and another 5 to help get you interested in the next book. That said… little plot, no depth, no intrigue… mostly need to rely on the main character and the writing to decide if you would want to read more.

It wasn’t bad. Just not enough to fairly judge. Conversations that should have taken several pages were summed up in 2 sentences. Descriptions of people’s lives were a lesson in brevity.

Had this been a 150 to 200 page story, it may have turned out much better. I am likely not to read the next book, but I’ll let my reaction sit a few days and then decide if I want to give it another chance.

For those who like the 45 minute read… perhaps you’re sitting at the beauty parlor waiting for your hair color to set… or you’re at the car mechanic getting that 3k mile oil change or annual inspection… or maybe you’re even early for a date and need to keep occupied — then give it a chance. It will help you pass the time and decide if you’ll consider a second round… for either that salon, garage or date!

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5 thoughts on “Review: Murder on the Oceania

    Rae Longest said:
    March 6, 2017 at 7:43 PM

    I like my cozy mysteries a little more complex/developed than this one seems to be.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 6, 2017 at 8:05 PM

      Yes, skip this one! I started a new one on the weekend which has some complexities, but it’s too repetitive and the townspeople are all annoying. I love small towns when done well, but this new one was hard to swallow from a city boy.

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        Rae Longest said:
        March 21, 2017 at 9:21 AM

        Thanks for the advice. I think I wanted your “permission” to skip it. Ha!

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 21, 2017 at 9:23 AM

        If only I could read every cozy out there and create a giant recommendation site!

        Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    March 21, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    It would be successful!

    Liked by 1 person

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