cover image Drowned Under: A Cyd Redondo Mystery

Drowned Under: A Cyd Redondo Mystery

Wendall Thomas. Poisoned Pen, $15.95 trade paper (284p) ISBN 978-1-4642-1062-4

In Wendall’s zany sequel to 2017’s Lost Luggage, Brooklyn travel agent Cyd Redondo, whose Balenciaga handbag has a Mary Poppinsesque capacity for holding everything from tampons to Tasmanian tiger cubs, is asked by Barry Manzoni, her ex-husband, to look into the disappearance of his elderly parents, who have not been heard from since they booked a cruise on the Tasmanian Dream from Sydney, Australia, to Hobart, Tasmania. Eager to get out of Brooklyn and avoid a stressful Christmas holiday, Cyd agrees to investigate. She books herself on the Tasmanian Dream and sets off on a wild adventure that includes being lowered from a helicopter to the ship, finding a dead body in her cabin, running into her former grade school teacher dancing with a bow-legged gigolo, and stopping villains with one well-aimed kick of her Stuart Weitzman patent stiletto heels. Fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum will cotton to Cyd. [em](Mar.) [/em]