It Takes Two to Mango – ARC Book Review

It Takes Two To Mango – Book Review

It Takes Two to Mango: A Tropical Island Cozy Mystery (Trouble in Paradise! Book 1) by [Carrie Doyle]

After Plum Lockhart’s job as a travel magazine editor is eliminated in corporate cuts, she decides she’s sick of cold winters in NYC and fruitless swiping on dating apps—what she needs is a dramatic change of scenery. On a whim, she accepts a job as a villa broker and moves to a beautiful Caribbean island.

However, paradise isn’t as perfect as it seems: the slow pace of island life, the language barrier, and a cutthroat office rival make Plum question leaving her old life behind. But when a client is found dead in the jacuzzi of Casa Mango—a property Plum manages—she knows she’s really in a jam. With a killer loose on the island Plum will have to deal with a stonewalling police chief, a string of baffling clues, and a handsome Director of Security to solve this deadly case!

No. of pages:- 277 pages

Publisher:- Poisoned Pen Press

Date published:- will be published on June 28th 2021

Genre:- Cozy Mysteries


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This is the first book of the Trouble in Paradise series and after reading her Hampton series, I was tempted to read this one.

Plum Lockhart loses her job as a travel magazine editor due to corporate cuts and she moves to a Carribean Resort to work as a broker. But soon, one of the men who had come for bachelor party turns up dead inside the resort and Plum must work out who the murderer is.

Just like any cozy mystery books, this book was engaging with some funny events in the book that will make you laugh at some parts. The writing was good and the author did a good job making the reader feel like they are in this exotic Carribean island enjoying the sun. Though there were not much unexpected twists and turns you would expect in a fast paced thriller, still, it was quiet enjoyable and unputdownable. The book cover is really cute and whoever designed the book cover did a good job drawing the reader to the book. Plum’s character initially at first I found her annoying but gradually in the book, I got used to her character and began to like her character. Overall, this was a cute mystery book and worth four stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Poisoned Pen Press for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Carrie Doyle

Carrie Doyle is the best selling author of multiple novels and screenplays that span many genres, ranging from cozy mysteries to chick lit to comedies to Young Adult.

A born and bred New Yorker, Carrie has spent most of her life in Manhattan, with the exception of a six-year stint in Europe (Russia; France; England) and five years in Los Angeles. A former Editor-in-Chief of the Russian edition of Marie Claire, Carrie has written dozens of articles for various magazines, including countless celebrity profiles. She is also a screenwriter, and her movie Intern (co-written with Jill Kargman) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Carrie has three books that will be published in 2021: Death on Bull Path (the fourth book of the Hamptons Murder Mystery Series); The Murder Game; and It Takes Two to Mango (the first book of the Trouble in Paradise Series.)

Carrie currently splits her time between New York and Long Island, with her husband and two teenage sons.

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