Murder Packs a Suitcase

Murder Packs a Suitcase

by Cynthia Baxter

Thanks to her new job as travel writer for the New York magazine The Good Life, recently widowed Mallory is zipping around Orlando, assigned to rediscover the glory days of old Florida.

With her trip coming to a close, Mallory has no choice but to figure out if one of her fellow travel writers is a killer.

Because if she doesnt get out of Florida soon, her careerand her lifeare about to come to a dead end.Includes Mallorys article for The Good Life, with tips and reviews of real Florida attractions!

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***Warning rant may include spoilers, read at your own risk*** I just couldn't get into this book, the author's introduction of the main character just doesn't match the way she's portrayed. Sounds like an interesting premise, except that this supposedly veteran reporter/writer acts and thinks more like a stay at home house wife who's venturing into the working world for the first time, rather than an experienced reporter. And then when the inevitable ending comes about, the cops show up within 5 or 10 minutes of shots being fired at the closed down secluded tourist location... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

That would be OK, but she should have talked to a travel writer for some idea what happens. Travel writers rarely move in packs to write a story for the very reason of competition. A series of competing magazines knows better than to send their writers all at the same time to Florida or all of their magazines would have similar stories coming out all at the same time. We went to travel writer gatherings with the side intent of getting a story, but didn't tell the others about it to get that certain angle. At one point the main character's editor claims to stumbled over the story of a murder. Most these days don't know most all of the Central Florida tourism areas are not in Orlando, which is a small city in a huge county. The worse part was the main character looking for "Old Florida" with ZERO understanding what that term means. She was told to write of Old Florida and went after Anything Orlando in a Tourist Area. Did the writer know a character she has in her book, Phil Diamond, was also the name, at the time, of a City of Orlando City Commissioner?

Mallory Marlowe is a 40 something recent widow with two college aged kids whos looking for a second start on life and she takes a friends advice and goes for a job interview and ends up a traveler writer (which was a shock to her and heres where I start to go off the rails with this one, who interviews for a job that they dont even know what it is?). He shows up at the crime scene, once later with a connection to Phil even Mallory didnt know she had making her an even better suspect and finally at the end in a manner so contrived the book nearly learned how to fly across a room. Big issue number three, there is no real detecting here. Mallory just goes to various tourist destinations with her fellow writers, each in turn, and every one of them is so chatty that she gets all the info she needs without trying, leaving us wondering how dumb is Martinez.

#1 Murder Packs A Suitcase series - Cozy Mystery An entertaining cozy featuring Mallory Malloy. I enjoyed the murder mystery and armchair trip to Florida.

First in the travel-writer series. She takes a job as travel writer for a well-respected magazine and heads to Florida to see if "Old Florida" has survived Disneyfication.

Since 2003, I've been writing The Reigning Cats & Dogs Mystery Series, which features veterinarian Jessica Popper. I also launched a second mystery series, The Murder Packs a Suitcase Mystery Series, which will run concurrently with Reigning Cats & Dogs. I've tried to make the two series different - but at the same time to include the same elements in the new series that readers of the original series seemed to enjoy.