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Publication Order of A Rachel Prince Mystery Books

A Cruise to Murder (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Cruise (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killer Cruise (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dying to Cruise (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Christmas Cruise Murder (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murderous Cruise Habit (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Honeymoon Cruise Murder (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

“A Rachel Prince Mystery” series is a set of novels by Dawn Brookes, a children’s picture book, nurse memoir, and contemporary fiction author. She was born in Nottingham, but spent much of her childhood and early adulthood in Leicester. She worked for the NHS for nearly four decades after training to become an RN in the 1970s. While she loves to consider her novels classic crime fiction, they are usually classified as cozy mysteries particularly in the United States. Since they are cozy mysteries, they do not have the swearing and graphic violence of pure crime fiction though that does not mean that they have shallow characters or that they are no as suspenseful. Brookes has also written three memoirs about her experience between 1977 to 1984 when she was a nurse in training hoping to become a Registered Nurse. Her memoirs are set in London East End, in a very small community. The book which chronicles what it was like training to become a registered nurse in the 1970s has been a consisted bestseller in both the United Kingdom and the US.

The “A Rachel Prince Mystery” series by Dawn Brookes is a combination of cruising, murder, and medicine with a little romance. Brookes combines her 39-year experience in nursing and the many holiday cruises for research to write novels full of verve that also satisfy her itch for crime fiction. “Prince” the name of her protagonist is in honor of her childhood dog that would often put his head on her knee while she was reading her novels as a child. While nursing is something that she always dreamed about, she never confined herself to just that. While she practiced as an RN, she took up amateur photography and it was not long before she was running a photo restoration business on the side. Dawn was also involved in church life and taught children and youth groups for several years. Once she published “A Cruise to Murder,” the first of the “Rachel Prince Mystery” series in 2018, she embraced life as an author. While she can write in a variety of genres, she loves to write cozy mysteries that are set on cruise liners given that she loves cruising around the world. Her series also has a touch of her medical expertise as a registered nurse. She currently writes fulltime and is a self-published author through Oakwood Publishing and Dawn Brookes Publishing which are her imprints.

The lead of the “Rachel Prince Mystery” series is a police constable from Leeds. She is the daughter of a clergyman and hence she has a strong sense of moral character. At the start of the series in “A Cruise to Murder” opens to Rachel and her friend Sarah cruising the oceans on the Coral Queen. Rachel had been gifted the cruise by Sarah, a nursing colleague who felt sorry for her since she had been heartbroken by Robert her fiancé. While a shipboard romance was never on her mind given her principles, she is soon attracted to Carlos a mysterious charmer. “Deadly Cruise” the second novel of the series sees Rachel back on the Coral Queen on a cruise to New York. The Queen Cruises gifted her the luxury trip for her exploits in her previous cruise. Sarah her colleague is working in the ship and it is not long before they have to deal with another mystery as one of the crew is discovered dead. Sarah has to deal not only with the mystery that involves a Russian tour group that has been acting strangely, but also conflict with the medical team on the ship. In “Killer Cruise,” the third of the series, Rachel is accompanying Lady Marjorie Snellthorpe a senior colleague while also enjoying a vacation. As usual, someone gets killed and the two intelligent and spunky women embark on an investigation to find the killer of the lead singer of the Queen Tribute Band.

“A Cruise to Murder,” the first novel of the “Rachel Prince Mystery” series introduces twenty-five-year-old Rachel. She recently graduated to become a policeman and is a bright and beautiful woman who seems to have everything she could ever want. But then everything comes crashing down when she is ditched by Robert fiancé who goes for another woman. She needs some relaxation to get her mind off the heartbreak and her best friend Sarah who works as an RN on a cruise ship provides the solution she needs – a cruise on the Mediterranean. Onboard the ship, she makes friends with Lady Marjorie Snellthorpe, an elderly woman who is eighty years plus that seems to be afraid of some menace or danger lurking in the shadows. She is a religious girl and never thought she would be one for a shipboard romance until she meets the secretive but attractive and charming Carlos. While Lady Snellthorpe is onshore with a friend she met on board, he is involved in a tragic accident and she becomes very afraid for her life. Rachel needs to resolve the mystery before the killer gets to someone else. But could she be putting herself in unnecessary danger?

“Deadly Cruise” the second novel of the Rachel Prince Mystery” series sees Rachel return to cruising after she was involved in a difficult trial. She had helped put a dangerous killer behind bars and now feels that she has to reevaluate her future after she started getting death threats from prison. She is sailing to New York after she was granted a free luxury cruise for her help resolving the mystery on the previous cruise. Sarah is also back in the ship as she has been offered a nine-month contract and hence Sarah won’t be bored. But almost immediately she steps on board, she bumps into a tour leader of a Russian band who asks her to join them for their planned activities on the cruise. Things get interesting when one member of the Russian group is found dead in his cabin while another disappears. Meanwhile, her eagle eye have detected some bizarre happenings among her new Russian friends. She also has issues of her own as she clashes with a new nurse that the medical team brought in. Will she be able to resolve the mystery before they dock in New York?

“Killer Cruise” the third novel of the “Rachel Prince Mystery” series finds Rachel back on a cruise this time around the Baltic Sea alongside Lady Marjorie. Rachel is looking for peace and quiet while the older woman craves a mystery. Rachel Prince is shocked out of her quiet when a man on the ship is found dead under mysterious circumstances. Marjorie and Rachel are interested in the potential homicide case and with the man having been so unpopular, there is no shortage of possible suspects. The Chief of security does not know if he should ban Rachel from the investigation or ask for her help. Meanwhile, Sarah is keen to protect her friend and wants her to stay away from the case. But Rachel is already fascinated by the case and there is no way she is keeping out of it. She is also urged on by the inveterate Marjorie who thinks it is time she showcased her investigative skills. Sarah and Chief Waverly seem to be fighting a battle they are sure to lose as the more they try to dissuade Rachel the more obstinate she becomes. However, it is not an easy case as Rachel will be tested to her limits even as she tries her best to keep her new friend Lady Marjorie and herself safe.

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