Too busy to take a cruise? Join Carolyn Cook as she shepherds her Cornell alumni through a week in the Caribbrean. Who switched her sack on the dock at Granada? What does the odd slip of paper mean? Who is behind the mystifying phone calls? The captain suspects someone is smuggling aboad the SEA MONARCH, and Carolyn is the only one who can idtentify the bag-swapper. Is she in danger? More
Join Carolyn Cook, aboard the SEA MONARCH. A 40-year-old widow, she thought she was simply substituting for a colleague as hostess on an alumni cruise. She unwittingly carries on board some kind of message, without knowing who receives it. Uneasy, she confides in a retired army colonel, who takes her to the very stern and businesslike captain. Suspecting smuggling on his ship, he asks Carolyn to find the person who switched sacks with her.
Other characters have their special concerns: The colonel is trying to understand the restlessness his wife has felt since his retirement. The piano player makes a play for Carolyn and warns her that the captain has a scandal in his past. The assistant cruise director is jealous of his randy boss, while the cruise director is being harassed by his wife in Miami because he gambles and is low on funds, all leading to suspicious behavior by members of the cruise staff.
Carolyn finds the photographer's assistant who received the message, and then is the target of a kidnap attempt in Tobago. The captain has by this time convinced Carolyn of his integrity; they spend a heart-stopping afternoon alone together in St. Lucia. The next day in Martinique the smuggler reveals himself and Carolyn is tricked onto a fishing boat. Will she escape unharmed?
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Mary Louise Clifford has published 20 books: adult nonfiction, young adult fiction, and young adult nonfiction. She lives in Alexandria, VA, with a Sudanese cat named Kadisa. The first chapter of several of her books can be read on her web site.