Book Review / Carrie Doyle

Carrie Doyle | Something’s Guava Give

The Book: 

Something’s Guava Give by Carrie Doyle (Trouble in Paradise, #2)

Published January 25th 2022 by Poisoned Pen Press
Date read: January 1, 2022

The Characters: 

Juan Kevin

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

Nothing ruins an ocean view like a body on the beach!

Plum Lockhart went out on a limb when she ditched her corporate job in New York City and moved to the Caribbean island of Paraiso. Now the head of her own villa broker agency, Plum spends her days chasing down clients and lounging on white-sand beaches.

But the sweet life turns sour when a publishing heiress is found dead at the mansion of an eccentric tycoon, Dieter Friedrich. Even worse, Plum’s old colleague cashes in a favor and asks her to investigate. It looks like she’ll need to fit a murder case into her already jam-packed schedule!

Friedrich is known for his shady dealings, but he’s not the only bad apple on the island—Plum will have to contend with a scheming millionaire, a sleazy rockstar, and devious B-list celebrities. And joining Plum once again is Juan Kevin Munoz, the distractingly gorgeous Director of Security. Despite the sparks between them, they’ll need to stay focused on the case—there’s a murderer hot on their heels!

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The Ending:

Jeremy Silver was the killer. Plum found out because his laptop had been stolen around the time Arielle disappeared. She had stolen it because she was a kleptomaniac, but it contained all the information about Dieter’s illegal dealings. Plum decided that Jeremy killed Arielle to keep her from meddling.

Jeremy confessed to Plum and Juan Kevin. Hallie had also found the computer so Jeremy killed her too.

The Review: 

This is the second book in the Trouble In Paradise series.

Just like It Takes Two To Mango, Something’s Guava Give was a fun, tropical cozy. I personally don’t read a ton of cozy mysteries so I don’t have much to compare it to, but I enjoyed the quick, light-hearted read. Despite the murders that occur in Plum’s town, this book isn’t high-stakes, tense, or gruesome.

I loved the setting of Paraiso–especially Plum’s descriptions of the local fruits. It made me really miss the resort vacation I just came back from.

I read a physical copy of the first book in the series, so it was fun to try out the audiobook for Something’s Guava Give. The narrator’s voice was pleasant and her pacing was good. Audio may have been a better option for this one for me, because I like to be able to listen to the Spanish words thrown into the conversation instead of skimming them in the book, since I don’t speak Spanish and usually don’t know the meanings.

If you’re a fan of cozy mysteries, this series is definitely one to pick up. If you’ve read it, how does it compare to other cozies you love?

QOTD: If you were going to take a trip to a tropical place this summer, where would you go? I’m really craving a non-domestic vacation! My best friend’s mom lives in Croatia so I’m hoping to invite myself there for a second time.

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