A CURRENT DECEPTION
Freelance reporter Darcy Farthing boards a luxury cruise ship for a trip to beautiful Australian seaports with family and friends, where a baffling murder mystery challenges her investigative skills. The crimes begin when a small-town Kansas woman traveling with a class reunion tour group is plagued by an attack of yellow crazy ants-a dangerous, invasive species-as well as an illness caused by mysterious foodborne bacteria and the odd cancellation of an onshore tour. The bizarre but relatively minor incidents escalate when the ants injure more passengers and crew members. Soon, a peculiar death on the streets of Adelaide and attempted murders on board the ship threaten to cause panic. It is obvious that a crew member or passenger is targeting individuals, but who is it and why? Meanwhile, Darcy is distracted by daughter Rachael's uncharacteristic behavior and intense friendship with a handsome passenger. Reluctant to make waves, Darcy tries to suppress her concerns. She turns her full attention to the crimes when evidence is found in Brooks's stateroom and the security chief names him as the sole suspect. Brooks is clearly innocent, but the chief is inexplicably reluctant to conduct a more thorough investigation to clear him; then Darcy's best friend, Sid, who is also Brooks's fiancé, becomes the latest victim. Clue by clue, with husband Mick's help, Darcy uses her skills to reveal a homicidal master of disguise and world-class computer hacker intent on exacting revenge related to a twenty-year-old crime.
Arleen Alleman is a former senior analyst at the Government Accountability Office, where she wrote extensively on many topics ranging from military satellite systems and highway technologies to endangered species and biotechnology. She has a science education but also works as a fashion model, teacher, insurance adjuster, jewelry designer, and proprietor of a home décor shop. Her interests include reading, health and fitness, origin and history of world religions, and travel. Her trips supply authentic backdrops and narration for her fictional stories. Born in England and raised in New Hampshire and Nevada, she lived and worked in Colorado for many years. She recently moved to Southwest Florida. She is the author of five Darcy Farthing adventure novels.
From the AuthorThis is the fifth novel in my Darcy Farthing adventure series. The adventure really does continue with another ill-fated cruise. This time around Australia. Darcy and the gang encounter weird infestations of yellow crazy ants, food-borne pathogens, and of course complex murder mystery.
This book is a murder/mystery novel being the fifth book in a series with main character Darcy Farthing. Even though it is the fifth book in a series, it makes a good stand alone book, although you may want to read the first four. Setting is a cruise ship off the coast of Australia. Most find cruises relaxing but Darcy Farthing doesn't. The reader will keep turning the pages to find what fun characters and interesting things are happening. The author wrote the book so well that the reader can almost visualize the characters and the setting. The novel gives the reader some intense and very suspenseful moments. The plot has much detailing to it. The author's talent shows with the skill she used to plan each incident and keep the reader intrigued. There isn't just one character that was the defining key to the mystery of the bad guy. It took all of the characters. Good, mysterious, suspenseful, intriguing and interesting book from beginning to end. Great Story, characters and plot.
I was given a complimentary copy of A CURRENT DECEPTION from the author, Arleen Alleman for my view of the book.
I would give this book 4 STARS.
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