Sunbaked #BookReview

Posted July 12, 2017 by Kayla in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Sunbaked #BookReviewSunbaked by Junie Coffey
Narrator: Angela Dawe
Series: Pineapple Cay Stories #1
Published by Lake Union on May 9th 2017
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 254
Length: 8h 2m
Format: Kindle, Audiobook
Source: Giveaway Prize
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Welcome to Pineapple Cay, the new hometown of Nina Spark.

Things seemed to get off to a good start. Nina’s new hometown is the charming village of Coconut Cove, with its narrow lanes lined with candy coloured houses and gardens overflowing with tropical flowers. Her back yard is a white sand beach and the mesmerizing turquoise sea.

But local big shot Barry Bassett has his eye on Nina’s cozy little beach cottage with the aim of tearing it down to build condos. Then Barry’s obnoxious wife Tiffany goes missing, and Nina finds herself sitting across a desk from the very serious chief of police, Blue Roker, wondering how her day dream of easy living in the islands got so far off track so quickly.

Join Nina Spark and her new best friends, the philosophizing mailman Danish Jensen and the ever cheerful Pansy Gallagher, as they careen around Pineapple Cay at the maximum speed of fifteen miles an hour in a golf cart, trying to figure out what the heck is going on.

This is a story Jimmy Buffett and Agatha Christie might have come up with if they’d been holed up together for a weekend at some slightly faded beachfront hotel with a pitcher of pina coladas and a box of fireworks.

For fans of comedic mysteries, and readers looking for a tropical beach vacation in a book at the tail end of a long, hard winter.


I hardly do “light” reading, but this one seemed like a quick-read and I have been doing some “heavy” reading / listening lately so a light read was appealing. There was a giveaway on Goodreads, which I won, and so I decided to read.

It’s pretty much what I thought. Nothing extra thought-provoking. I’m in an audio-book mood right now. I’ve listened to 6 audio-books or so this year [almost in a row]. Halfway through the story, my son took over my kindle reading his own books. I really need to get him his own. Since I own the Kindle version, Amazon offered me the audio-book at 1.99. I bought it so I could finish up the story.

Unfortunately, I really didn’t like the narrator for the audio-book. Her Caribbean accent wasn’t good. Sometimes it sounded more Indian than Caribbean. And her voice for Pansy was oh-so-annoying. Sometimes when she talked as Pansy I wanted to stop listening but I wanted to know how the story ended. Unfortunately, having no access to my kindle, I had to stick it out with the audio.

There were a few annoying and weird characters. The main character, Nina, is pretty much going through a mid-life / quarter-life crisis. She moved to an island after buying a house in the middle of the night. And now she is off chasing criminals and snooping around in people’s back yards. It was a crazy little adventure. There was a little mystery to it, a little predictable, but there was enough to think about that you didn’t get bored.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a beach read, this is it. You should probably avoid the audio-book version though.

The Verdict

3 Stars

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