Author: Rosalee Richland
Series: Darla King (Square Dance) #2
Synopsis: Darla’s life just isn’t turning out the way she planned. Darla King left her position as a Florida investigator hoping to avoid any further involvement with law enforcement—but her curiosity keeps getting in her way. Darla is beginning to realize that what she envisioned as the simple life of a square dance caller is not so simple after all. When she agrees to serve as a
square dance caller on a cruise, she plans on a little work and a lot of fun, sun, and romance. Instead, she and her friends encounter black market porn, a dead crew member, and a mysterious man with a satchel. In addition, another passenger, Mandy, seems to be in the thick of it and getting a lot of Doug’s attention. Darla lands in danger, escaping only with on-the-spot ingenuity. Load the Boat is the second book in the Darla King mystery series.
My thoughts: I was lucky enough to get to read and participate in the book tour for the first book in this cozy series, Right and Left Grand! So . . . I was ready to jump back in and get right back to familiar characters . . . one of the reasons I love cozy series so very much.
I really enjoy this cozy series, despite the fact that I have limited to no knowledge of anything about square dancing. As an aside, if you know nothing about square dancing, you will definitely learn a lot about it and have a new appreciation after you read this series.
I really enjoy the characters in this series. Darla and her friends are fun, engaging, quirky, and all around a delight to spend some reading time with. I truly enjoyed how we got a bit more depth about Darla and her background and her relationships in this second book.
I must admit (perhaps I get a little too close to the characters in my books) that I was a bit worried or annoyed or both with Darla’s character in this book. She was extremely stressed, edgy, spent most of the time that she was not working in her room while on a beautiful cruise, and was away from her friends a lot. I’m not quite sure what is going on with Darla . . . but she needs to get back to herself and I wanted to tell her to snap out of it. 🙂
This series does get a bit heavy on the square dancing at times . . . it gets very specific and sometimes repetitive, which in my opinion sometimes takes away from the good mystery story underneath.
Overall, a nice, fun cozy series, with fun characters, a lesson in square dancing, and a good read.
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