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Behind the Writing of Murder Takes a Bow

Tell us about the background for the theme, what inspired it or why you wanted to write in this setting, or with play with these tropes?

I spent close to a decade as part of an award-winning magic act performing on cruise ships all over the world. I was lucky enough to travel from Alaska to Venezuela, Bermuda to Tahiti, and many exotic ports of call in between. My time of ships inspired me to write cozy mystery books set on cruise ships and many of my experiences during those years are inspiration for the stories I write.

Are any of your characters based on real people you know?

The Amazon parrot in my cruise ship mystery series, Chico, is based on a rescue parrot who was part of my magic act. A lot of the silly antics that Chico gets into in the book, are based on things that my Chico did. Many of the other characters have bits and pieces of real people I met while working on ships but I am not going to reveal which characters to protect the innocent…or the guilty!

Which of the side characters would you love to explore more, or turn into a main character in another series?

I have an idea for another series staring Hayley, Olivia’s best friend in this book. The series would take place in England, so it would be a wonderful excuse to take a trip and have some adventures!

Indie Author: Yes
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Publication Date: 03.31.22

Holiday Mysteries

Page Count: 208 Pages

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Olivia’s life goes from a permanent vacation to a nightmare when one of the cruise ship’s staff is murdered.

Her life working as an assistant in her boyfriend’s cruise ship act has been a permanent vacation.

But her cruise to the Bahamas takes a terrible turn when Peter leaves Olivia and her talkative parrot Chico stranded on the ship with a show scheduled in just a few days.

It takes an even worse turn when a crew member is murdered!

Travel along with Olivia and Chico on their killer cruise.

As close to taking a cruise as you can get from your couch.

Author Wendy Neugent spent close to a decade working as a headliner entertainer on cruise ships. Join her as she takes you behind the scenes for an insider look at cruise ship life….. but with more murders.

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