Resort to Murder Audio Cassette – Apr 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
In this highly entertaining puzzle (after 1999's Death on the River Walk), 70-ish sleuth Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins (aka Henrie O) is in a somber, reflective mode, as befits her age and her life experiences. Recovering from pneumonia, Henrie O isn't sure she feels up to the task of dealing with the emotional maelstrom stewing around the Bermuda wedding of her son-in-law, Lloyd Drake, and beautiful Connor Bailey, a wealthy widow. A granddaughter, unhappy about her father's marriage, is bent on making mischief, while the bride-to-be can't seem to stop herself from attracting the attentions of any male within eyeshot. Lloyd doesn't cope well with his fiance's penchant for flirtation, and Connor's lawyer, Steve Jennings, appears to have more than Connor's financial interests at heart. The hotel where the party has gathered witnessed tragedy the year before, when Roddy Worrell, the manager's husband, plunged to his death from a tower. According to rumor, Roddy had been infatuated with Connor, who spurned his advances. When a ghost is sighted at the tower, word spreads that Roddy has come back to haunt Connor. The subsequent death of a hotel employee who knew more than he should about the apparition puts Henrie O on the murder scent once again. This series has a deeper and darker emotional texture than Hart's more lively and lighthearted Death on Demand series, but her fans will enjoy the complex plot, local color and vivid characters.
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Top Customer Reviews
In RESORT TO MURDER, Henry O joins her grandchildren and ex-son-in-law at a Bermuda resort for his wedding. The bride is a compulsive flirt, who can't seem to stay away from men. The groom is jealous. Stir into this mix a hotel owner whose husband may have committed suicide because of the bride-to-be, a granddaughter who dislikes the bride so much she threatens to kill her, a touch of blackmail and a roaming "ghost" and you have a story you won't want to put down until you finish it.
Hart's strong point is puzzle solving. We follow Henry O's analyses, her interventions and consequences and her re-evaluations until right up to the conclusion. Then the story finishes with the classical confrontation scene that is almost a "must" in this kind of story.
I've read all of Hart's books and eagerly await the next. If you haven't met Henry O or Annie Darling yet, put them at the top of your to-read list. You won't be sorry.
The mystery was really very good in this novel. I had a very hard time figuring it out. I love Bermuda, and I enjoyed the little descriptions of the Island. I went there in May however, and the residents thought that we were crazy to swim in 75 degree water, I can't imagine sunbathing in January. It seemed especially wierd for people from Texas and Georgia to go to a colder place for a vacation. Henrie O's recovery from pneumonia was the only reason that I could figure that she changed from a very active older woman to Miss Marple. All criticisms aside, this is a very good mystery and I look forward to the old (that is, not OLD) Henrie O in the next novel.
Has Henrie O's former son-in-law made another mistake in picking the bride for him? Is Connor, his new love, a woman who just feels the need to have men admire her, as her older daughter says, or is she a man-trap who loves manipulating her conquests?
Is the ghost of the hotel manager's late husband really haunting the tower? Is the ghost appearing so close to the first anniversary of his death because it was murder, not an accident?
How far is Henrie's granddaughter willing to go to keep her father from marrying Connor?
Is Connor really in danger?
Is Marlow really a loving daughter who doesn't mind being outshone by her mother?
Will the wedding actually take place? Should it? Would Connor be better off marrying her old friend, Steve?
Has an innocent party been framed for murder? Henrie thinks so, but can she find proof? Can she figure out what's going on? Well of course she can, but will she be able to do so in time to prevent tragedy?
It was nice to meet Henrie's grandchildren. The descriptions of Bermuda add to interest of the plot.
Don't let the dustjacket fool you. The design may be pretty and peaceful-looking, but there are ugly passions stirring under the cover and not much peace to be found.
Note to the publisher: chapter 20, p.266, full paragraph two, line one. That "Lloyd" should be "Steve". You might wish to fix that for the paperback.
Most recent customer reviews
Carolyn Hart is one of my favorite authors in the mystery genre and she did not disappoint me with this entry in the Henrie O series. Read morePublished on June 26 2002 by Louis M. Perdue
Henrie O receives an unusual wedding invitation to Bermuda. She is invited to the wedding of her former son-in-law, Lloyd to a wealthy and beautiful widow, Connor Bailey. Read morePublished on May 6 2002 by Karen Potts