The Girl with the Dragon fruit tattoo – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Girl With the Dragon Fruit Tattoo (Trouble in Paradise Book 3)

Author:- Carrie Doyle

Date published:- will be published on 31st January 2023

Publisher:- Poisoned Pen Press

No. of pages:- 336 pages

Genre:- Cozy Mysteries


Plot:- 3/5

Writing:- 3/5

Overall rating:- 3/5

Sometimes you have to rock the boat to catch a killer!

On the tropical island of Paraiso, Plum Lockhart has a new zest for life. Her villa rental company is growing like a weed, she’s solved a couple of pesky murders, and things with her long-time crush are finally starting to heat up.

Plum does sometimes miss her sparkly life in the Big Apple, so she’s thrilled when she gets an invite to dinner on the yacht, where she can mingle with famous singers, up-and-coming stars, society swans, and billionaires. After a few hours on the boat, Plum wonders what secrets are lurking beneath the surface.

Two days later, one of the servers from the yacht―a girl with a dragonfruit tattoo―washes up dead, and Plum’s sweet bit of paradise quickly goes sour. As the ship prepares to set sail across the Caribbean, Plum hops onboard to investigate the case, undercover. But the best laid plans turn deadly as it becomes clear that everyone on the boat has a motive and Plum must sleuth out the killer before she becomes the next victim…

When a girl with a dragonfruit tattoo was murdered, the police ask Plum to take up on the invite to board on the yatch. She meets her friend Ellen, and her husband Joel who seems to be flirting with an upcoming actress India and there were others such as Nashelle, Harris, Robert and Suki.

In my opinion, the romance between Plum and Juan Kevin was interesting but then the real story actually started after about 30% of the book. The story wasn’t as interesting but it wasn’t boring either. There were so many short sides where it was left unanswered such as what happened to Juan’s ex wife Victoria the rivarly between Carmen and Alexander and Plum’s business. Things got interested towards the end, which is where finally my interest was piqued. Nonetheless, there were some funny parts in the book that will make you laugh out loud and the characters are also interesting as well.

Overall, this book worth 3 stars. Not as good as the previous books but not bad either.

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

Carrie Doyle is a bestselling author of thirteen books. (She also has written under the name Carrie Karasyov.)

THE MURDER GAME was nominated as one of the best YA books of 2021 by Suspense Magazine.

IT TAKES TWO TO MANGO was named one of the best books of 2021 by KING’S RIVER LIFE MAGAZINE.

Her new book, SOMETHING’S GUAVA GIVE just dropped in January 2022.

Carrie checks Goodreads every day and loves it when readers reach out!

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