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Monday, February 24, 2020

Masked to Death (Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery #5) by Christina Freeburn

Masked to Death

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2019 by Harlequin Romantic Suspense

Goodreads synopsis: 
A Caribbean cruise is the perfect setting for a Roget wedding, and Faith meeting Ted’s family. She also hopes the vacation gets their stalled romance moving, but it doesn’t take long for that dream to capsize. Ted’s daughter hates her. The ex-wife is adored. Odessa Roget is surly. And the banned father of a groom, John Roget, requests Faith’s assistance in bringing down a jewel theft ring masterminded by his ex-wife.

Having had a man she loved accuse her of a crime, Faith won’t let Odessa travel down the same path and agrees to help. Faith sets her course on uncovering the true criminals—which might be a groom’s best friend. The romantic week turns disastrous as a wedding is interrupted, suspicious deaths point to murders, and Ted’s daughter schemes to reunite her parents. Instead of diamonds being a girl’s best friend, Faith finds they’re cruising toward Davy Jones’ Locker


4.5 Stars

This is the fifth book in the Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery series by Christina Freeburn.

I have to admit I was not the biggest fan of Ted Roget during this book. That is unusual for me since I have a detective book boyfriend in nearly ever cozy mystery series I read. I had been jumping around in this series and did not read it in the correct order. Sometimes reading in order can make a big difference when understanding romantic dynamics.

Basic premise: Faith went on a cruise with Ted under the guise of meeting his family but what she found almost seemed to pull the couple apart forever. Ted’s young daughter hated her. She tried during the entire cruise to get her parents back together and thus thwarted Faith’s attempts to find alone time with Ted at every turn. I loved that Ted’s dad, John, ended up on the cruise as well and elicited Faith’s help in his own case involving a jewel theft ring. 

I was surprised at how much trouble Faith found herself in while on a cruise ship. I guess you never need to stray far when a mystery wants you to solve it. I am totally enjoying this series and I fear that after book six this story might be over and that makes me sad. I am totally digging this series and would love for it to continue.

If you love a good cozy mystery, you have to check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. 

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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