Book Review: Murder Under a Honey Moon by Abigail Keam

Posted February 19, 2024 by meezcarrie in Abigail Keam, Book Review, clean, cozy mystery, historical, mystery/suspense / 5 Comments

Murder Under a Honey Moon book review

Murder Under a Honey Moon by Abigail KeamMURDER UNDER A HONEY MOON by Abigail Keam
A Mona Moon Mystery #12

GENRE: Historical Cozy Mystery (Clean)
PUBLISHER: Worker Bee Press
RELEASE DATE: February 19, 2024
PAGES: 190

Mona Moon and her new husband, Robert Farley, Duke of Brynelleth, are on their honeymoon at last. They have just boarded the RMS Majesty ocean liner. The couple are looking forward to visiting Robert’s ancestral English home, Brynelleth, and then off to Paris before winding up on the Italian Riviera. After a romantic evening of dancing until the wee hours of the night, Mona and Robert discover their suite has been ransacked and Mona’s jewelry, supposedly secured in their stateroom, has been stolen.

Mona is horrified, as some of the jewelry belongs to the Brynelleth Estate and were cherished pieces of Robert’s mother. The ship’s crew searches the ocean liner, and a gold brooch turns up in a bartender’s cabin. It is the same bartender who served Mona earlier in the evening. The only problem is the bartender has been murdered and the rest of the jewelry is still missing.


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Poor Mona and ‘Lord Bob’. They’re still trying to have a relaxing honeymoon cruise after their plans were derailed in the previous book, Murder Under a Western Moon. I hate to be the bearer of misfortune for them, but it’s not going to happen in this book either. Maybe third time will be the charm? At least they do make it onto the ocean liner (just barely) and set sail in Murder Under a Honey Moon but even that doesn’t quite go according to plan. All manner of disaster awaits them – basically, if you can think of something to derail a cruise it will happen in this book – but that just makes the plot layers all the more entertaining. In other words, it’s bad news for these two newlyweds… but good news for readers!

One of the things I enjoy most about the Mona Moon series is the parade of historical figures that Mona and her dashing duke seem to encounter in each book. Some personalities are more well-known than others but they’re always fascinating to read about, including the author note at the end that gives further details on the real-life people featured. Murder Under a Honey Moon features playwrights, journalists, spies, professors, and an infamous socialite with ties to Hitler, and I enjoyed ‘meeting’ them all through the magic of fiction and watching their interactions with Mona and Robert – and each other, too. For her own part, Mona remains almost unflappable when it comes to doing what must be done, something that makes her a strong and savvy investigator. I thought her sleuthing in this book was quite insightful, and she earned several kudos from me for going the extra mile in uncovering the evidence this time around.

Bottom Line: Set sail on the high seas with Mona Moon and her new husband, but hold on tight to a life preserver because it’s definitely not a smooth voyage. Intriguing historical figures join the journey, making for colorful companions and representing the tone of the era well. Mona continues to delight as a strong personality with a big heart, her penchant for solving crimes adding further dimension to her character and keeping the story moving forward at its easy pace. I enjoyed this variation on Christie’s locked room mystery trope, and I look forward to whatever adventure Mona and Robert find themselves embroiled in next.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / enjoyed it!

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Abigail Keam

Award-winning author Abigail Keam writes the Mona Moon Mystery Series—a rags-to-riches 1930s mystery series, which includes real people and events into the story line. “I am a student of history and love to insert historical information into my mysteries. My goal is to entertain my readers, but if they learn a little something along the way—well, then we are both happy.” She has won many awards for her mysteries. Miss Abigail lives on the cliffs above the Kentucky River with her husband and various critters. In her spare time, Miss Abigail is a beekeeper. Connect with Abigail at her website.

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