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Mystery on the Bayou is the sixth cozy mystery in the Amelia Moore Detective Series written by Linda Weaver Clarke. This story begins with Amelia and her partner Rick Bonito enjoying their honeymoon in Florida. One afternoon a woman approaches Amelia on the beach who would like to hire Amelia to find her 16 year old son that she gave up for adoption when he was a baby. Millie was recently diagnosed with a genetic disease and fears she passed it along to her son. Of course, they agree to find the son, despite the adoption having been a "closed" one. Their search leads them to the bayous of Louisiana. Because their investigations are never as clear cut as they first seem, when they arrive, the son has gone missing and Rick and Amelia are hired by the adoptive father to find him.
Like in prior Amelia Moore books, there was at least one bad guy that Amelia needed to unarm, which she did with skill and confidence we've come to admire in her character. One of the things I enjoy so much about this series is how well Rick and Amelia complement each other work-wise (when Amelia gets frustrated in an interview, Rick takes over and schmoozes on the charm to get the answers they need). They also compliment each other often with kind words and encouragement. They remind me a lot of husband and wife detective team from the early 1980s TV series, Hart to Hart. Amelia and Rick also experienced some local sightseeing and crossed items off their "bucket lists" (things they'd like to enjoy during their lifetime). This time, they visited an alligator farm and saw real alligators in their natural habits; not exactly like it was in the 1984 movie Romancing the Stone, but close enough.
I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Diane Lehman. Her narration flows naturally at an even pace and she was easy to listen to. She has differing voices for all characters, male and female, and young and old. I definitely recommend this series to those who enjoy sweet cozy mysteries.
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What a captivating tale! Once again Clarke has combined romance with mystery in such a manner that she left me completely enchanted. The plot unfolded in a unique manner that kept me guessing. I also really enjoyed the sightseeing and food exploration that the main characters engaged in during their downtime. It really brought the locale to life for me.
This story also walks the perfect line between being part of a series and being a standalone. She provides just enough background information that readers new to the series can easily jump into the story here, but not so much as to bore returning readers.
As a whole, this was a fun and heartwarming tale that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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