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A contentious new co-worker, a rowdy family reunion at sea, and a little too much to drink. What could possibly go wrong? Hope Harper has spent four years working her way up on the Caribbean Honey cruise ship, and is finally sure a promotion is coming her way. When she gets passed over again, and for a pretentious young man with less experience, she could just…well, you kn A contentious new co-worker, a rowdy family reunion at sea, and a little too much to drink. What could possibly go wrong? Hope Harper has spent four years working her way up on the Caribbean Honey cruise ship, and is finally sure a promotion is coming her way. When she gets passed over again, and for a pretentious young man with less experience, she could just…well, you know. When a cruise guest is killed, she is thrown in the middle of a murder on the high seas. Can she put her feelings aside and solve the mystery, or will the killer get the best of her and the crew?


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A contentious new co-worker, a rowdy family reunion at sea, and a little too much to drink. What could possibly go wrong? Hope Harper has spent four years working her way up on the Caribbean Honey cruise ship, and is finally sure a promotion is coming her way. When she gets passed over again, and for a pretentious young man with less experience, she could just…well, you kn A contentious new co-worker, a rowdy family reunion at sea, and a little too much to drink. What could possibly go wrong? Hope Harper has spent four years working her way up on the Caribbean Honey cruise ship, and is finally sure a promotion is coming her way. When she gets passed over again, and for a pretentious young man with less experience, she could just…well, you know. When a cruise guest is killed, she is thrown in the middle of a murder on the high seas. Can she put her feelings aside and solve the mystery, or will the killer get the best of her and the crew?

30 review for Drugged on Deck

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    I really enjoyed the start to a brand new series set on a cruise ship. Hope was a very likable character, a college student about to graduate who just wanted to do her job the best she could and was hoping for a promotion on the ship, since she'd worked just about every aspect of it for the last four years. Unfortunately, the promotion was an outsider with no ship experience which made prejudge him and be determined not to like him. But as much as I couldn't stand Felix when he was first introdu I really enjoyed the start to a brand new series set on a cruise ship. Hope was a very likable character, a college student about to graduate who just wanted to do her job the best she could and was hoping for a promotion on the ship, since she'd worked just about every aspect of it for the last four years. Unfortunately, the promotion was an outsider with no ship experience which made prejudge him and be determined not to like him. But as much as I couldn't stand Felix when he was first introduced, he eventually grew on me. I really liked Hope's other co-workers Da-eun and Ansh--they were the two co-works she was friends with that were mentioned the story most. Hope and Felix seemed like an unlikely sleuthing pair when one of the passengers was murdered, but they did a good job if they could keep from killing one another, lol. I didn't know who the killer was until the reveal. The showdown was good, and at least Felix and Hope proved that they could work together amicably. It'll be interesting to see what the next book in the series brings.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nola Arganbright

    The guys have it When a passenger dies on board a cruise ship the on board security officer declares it murder. Crew members begin asking questions hoping to find answers for the devastated family.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Merry Chapman

    Susan Harper writes series with characters you love to get to know. This new series does not disappoint. The crew is returning to work on their cruise ship as the season is just starting. Hope who is studying for a degree online, while working almost every job on the ship to put her in line for a promotion to her dream job. A shoe in to get it, since they usually promote from within and with encouragement from her ship board friends, Ansh and Da-eun they go to the first staff meeting ready to co Susan Harper writes series with characters you love to get to know. This new series does not disappoint. The crew is returning to work on their cruise ship as the season is just starting. Hope who is studying for a degree online, while working almost every job on the ship to put her in line for a promotion to her dream job. A shoe in to get it, since they usually promote from within and with encouragement from her ship board friends, Ansh and Da-eun they go to the first staff meeting ready to congratulate their friend. When she is picked over with an outsider for the job, she is not only disappointed, but angry. And of course her anger is directed at the new hire, Felix. So back to serving in the dining hall all the while seemingly being shadowed by Felix which really gets her ire up since he seems to always get in her way. When a large family come to the dining hall and sit at her station, she begins to charm them only to be met by Felix who creates a problem which gets Hope demoted to lifeguard for a while. When one of the family dies head first in his food and it appears he was murdered, Hope feels it is her duty to find out who murdered this family member and of course Felix wants to do so as well, Will they be able to keep their tempers and snarkiness in check to investigate together? Or will they get in each other's way? I thoroughly enjoyed this beginning of a new series with lots of adventures to come, I am sure! I received an ARC but the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Reads

    I thought this book was just “okay” but I will continue on with the series to give it a chance. I like the idea of a series taking place on a cruise ship. I think I can like the main character if she continues to grow throughout the series. The writing style wasn’t my favorite but the mystery held my attention.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    What’s a new co worker to do when there’s a murder on board a cruise ship. Working your way up, trying to be promoted seems like a wonderful thing, but being passed over again is not. Short but superb.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Loudin

    A beach read! Cute story, Lots of silliness, fun and a hint of life of the crews aboard a cruise line. The murder of a guest cruising with his family was included and produced the best side line . Hope you enjoy it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Allyson Abu-Hajar

    Hope Harper works on the Caribbean Honey cruise ship. She has worked for The Majestic Caribbean Cruise Line, for four years. She had high hopes of getting a promotion, but was shocked when it went to someone outside the cruise line, to Felix Fitter. Hope can't help but let her disappointment in not being picked for the position to show through whenever she has an encounter with Felix. Where she finds him to be annoying and hinder her tasks, others are referring to him as Fine Felix. Soon Hope fin Hope Harper works on the Caribbean Honey cruise ship. She has worked for The Majestic Caribbean Cruise Line, for four years. She had high hopes of getting a promotion, but was shocked when it went to someone outside the cruise line, to Felix Fitter. Hope can't help but let her disappointment in not being picked for the position to show through whenever she has an encounter with Felix. Where she finds him to be annoying and hinder her tasks, others are referring to him as Fine Felix. Soon Hope finds herself being punished for her attitude. When a family aboard the cruise has a member pass away suddenly, Hope thinks something is amiss. She and Felix form a truce and partner to investigate. This was a fun read! I enjoyed the banter between Hope and Felix.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pumpkinpuddy

    It was ok.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Randy Tramp

    Hope Harper is sure a promotion is on the way. Doesn't happen. Then a cruise guest is killed. I loved this fast-paced mystery. Cruising along at quick speeds, I flew through the pages. The plot is interesting. The adventure, fun, and the characters are great. I look forward to the next book in this series. Rated: G No curse words. No sexual scenes Hope Harper is sure a promotion is on the way. Doesn't happen. Then a cruise guest is killed. I loved this fast-paced mystery. Cruising along at quick speeds, I flew through the pages. The plot is interesting. The adventure, fun, and the characters are great. I look forward to the next book in this series. Rated: G No curse words. No sexual scenes

  10. 5 out of 5

    linda

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery which took place on a cruise liner. The Main character Hope was back on the first cruise of the season. She is attending the opening meeting expecting to be promoted when she is gobbed smacked when the job is given to someone outside of the cursing community. Things go from bad to worse when Hope and Felix don't hit it off and Hope ends doing menial jobs for her out bursts for a short time. Then the unknown happen when a passenger dies and murder is suspected. I really enjoyed this cozy mystery which took place on a cruise liner. The Main character Hope was back on the first cruise of the season. She is attending the opening meeting expecting to be promoted when she is gobbed smacked when the job is given to someone outside of the cursing community. Things go from bad to worse when Hope and Felix don't hit it off and Hope ends doing menial jobs for her out bursts for a short time. Then the unknown happen when a passenger dies and murder is suspected.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Peterson

    Drugged on Deck (Caribbean Cruise Cozy Mystery) I just started reading this series and so far it is going to be a great series. I was wanted to keep reading until the end. Will definitely let you know about how I like the next in the series. Starting to read it now.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mrs J.D.Hughes

    Good light reading I didn't want anything that taxed my brain so this was perfect. Light hearted, entertaining and made me look up cruises. I am off to buy the next book Good light reading I didn't want anything that taxed my brain so this was perfect. Light hearted, entertaining and made me look up cruises. I am off to buy the next book

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alice Hazelbaker

    A family reunion to die for! This is the first book in Susan Harper’s new cruise series. Staff is returning from furlough to start the new season, and Hope is looking forward to a promotion, but is surprised when someone from outside is chosen. When one of the diners in her section is murdered, she decides to help investigate. But the deceased’s family dynamics are hard to figure out. Enjoy learning the ins and outs of working for a cruise line while following the interesting characters as they t A family reunion to die for! This is the first book in Susan Harper’s new cruise series. Staff is returning from furlough to start the new season, and Hope is looking forward to a promotion, but is surprised when someone from outside is chosen. When one of the diners in her section is murdered, she decides to help investigate. But the deceased’s family dynamics are hard to figure out. Enjoy learning the ins and outs of working for a cruise line while following the interesting characters as they try to solve the murder before docking.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Janet E. Sipes

    Didn't like it. Book kind of turned me off before I even got into it. Seemed like really dumb behavior from the main character. Juvenile from an adult. Didn't like it. Book kind of turned me off before I even got into it. Seemed like really dumb behavior from the main character. Juvenile from an adult.

  15. 5 out of 5

    K B

    Review: 4 Stars I purchased a copy of the Florida based Dead in the Water Boxed Set: Caribbean Cruise Cozy Mystery Books 1 – 3: Drugged on Deck, Dead in the Water, and Stolen at Sea by Susan Harper and this review was given freely. All three books are fast paced covering a few days to a week and contain a murder, the rendition of college student Hope’s constantly changing schedule, Hope’s investigative skills and a diverse group of interesting characters. They can be read singularly as there is a Review: 4 Stars I purchased a copy of the Florida based Dead in the Water Boxed Set: Caribbean Cruise Cozy Mystery Books 1 – 3: Drugged on Deck, Dead in the Water, and Stolen at Sea by Susan Harper and this review was given freely. All three books are fast paced covering a few days to a week and contain a murder, the rendition of college student Hope’s constantly changing schedule, Hope’s investigative skills and a diverse group of interesting characters. They can be read singularly as there is a portion of recap but, are best read in series order as they are linked together chronologically. Drugged on Deck: Realistic characters, drama and a murder. Part time college student and Jack of All Trades Hope begins the Caribbean Honey’s season’s initial cruise with high hopes only to become frustrated when the abrasive and vindictive London born Felix is given the promotion she was expecting and seems to be always underfoot but then she teams up with him to solve a murder. Dark theme of female directed prejudice. Dead in the Water: A hate –Like relationship, a savvy Hope and a murder. Hope accompanies Felix to the FT. Lauderdale’s cruise company’s season opening party where her Hispanic friend Catalina’s large ship and non-ship based family is present. Contains strife in the form of Felix’s intrusive personal questions and the murder of one of Catalina’s granddaughter’s boyfriend Dark themes of racial/female directed prejudice. Stolen at Sea: Contains action, danger and suspense with a fair amount of family drama and a murder. Hope and her friends’ second cruise of the season is complicated by an art theft, murder, and the arrival of Felix’s abusive and controlling father. Dark themes of racial bias and abuse.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    This is a simple little cruise story which reads like a Young Adult book, but it allows one to indulge in a bit of escapism on a Caribbean cruise ship! Hope is counting on a well deserved promotion to trainee cruise activities director (the current CD will retire at the end of the season), but finds the position has been given to a young Brit named Felix Fitter who has never worked on a ship before. Why has someone obviously unqualified been given the position? We are never told, although Hope dr This is a simple little cruise story which reads like a Young Adult book, but it allows one to indulge in a bit of escapism on a Caribbean cruise ship! Hope is counting on a well deserved promotion to trainee cruise activities director (the current CD will retire at the end of the season), but finds the position has been given to a young Brit named Felix Fitter who has never worked on a ship before. Why has someone obviously unqualified been given the position? We are never told, although Hope drops her initial antagonism to the handsome young man, and the two learn to get along. A very large family group seems to be having a good time until the only son of the patriarch dies in the swimming pool. The old man is distraught, and immediately pins his hopes to pass on the family name to his only grandson. One daughter pops out only girls and the other is "just a spinster", obviously of little value to the world. His inheritance will now go to the grandson when he turns 21, with his daughters and grand-daughters getting nothing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Collins

    I received a review copy from the publisher, Fairfield Publishing, at my request and this is my honest opinion. This is a typical light, cozy mystery. And while I enjoyed the basic story, Hope got on my last nerve. I realize that she was disappointed not to get the promotion and the antagonism between her and Felix is a plot device, but her attitude left much to be desired. Even after having to work as a lifeguard and in housekeeping as punishment for her bad attitude, she didn't change. She see I received a review copy from the publisher, Fairfield Publishing, at my request and this is my honest opinion. This is a typical light, cozy mystery. And while I enjoyed the basic story, Hope got on my last nerve. I realize that she was disappointed not to get the promotion and the antagonism between her and Felix is a plot device, but her attitude left much to be desired. Even after having to work as a lifeguard and in housekeeping as punishment for her bad attitude, she didn't change. She seemed to think that the rules of deportment didn't apply to her. Not someone I want to be spending time with even as a fictional character. And after having already read the second book in the series, I know her attitude doesn't do a lot of improving, so this is most likely the end for me. It's rather a shame because I like some of the other characters and I like the light mystery, but I can't deal with Hope.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mollie Dinwiddie

    I have enjoyed these light, fluffy little mysteries but I am appalled at the editing. It is atrocious. I have no idea if there really is an editor or not, but the author truly needs to find one to clean up her grammar and other mistakes. I also find the British characters to be less than authentic in her dialog for them. If you want something very mindless to read, and I confess, I often do, this is a series you will want to read. The heroine is plucky and one cheers for her. The author tries ha I have enjoyed these light, fluffy little mysteries but I am appalled at the editing. It is atrocious. I have no idea if there really is an editor or not, but the author truly needs to find one to clean up her grammar and other mistakes. I also find the British characters to be less than authentic in her dialog for them. If you want something very mindless to read, and I confess, I often do, this is a series you will want to read. The heroine is plucky and one cheers for her. The author tries hard to add some diversity which I applaud. I just hope that if the author continues to write she improves on the quality of her writing. I am now reading #7 and will finish the series. As I already said, a series does not have to be high caliber to keep me reading it - just reasonably fun. This one is.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    An interesting setting and a quick weed. The author set a 19 with the cruise ship. Selenite antagonistic view with the promotion from outside instead of Within and the initial conflict between the two main characters. However There was very little. Real mystery and twist to the pot the ending wasn't in my opinion should have been. And in fact in my opinion at the end of the season. Felix should reveal that he was there only to learn the ropes and that his main job is back in corporate headquarter An interesting setting and a quick weed. The author set a 19 with the cruise ship. Selenite antagonistic view with the promotion from outside instead of Within and the initial conflict between the two main characters. However There was very little. Real mystery and twist to the pot the ending wasn't in my opinion should have been. And in fact in my opinion at the end of the season. Felix should reveal that he was there only to learn the ropes and that his main job is back in corporate headquarters. And hope gets the job that she was supposed to get at the beginning. But that's my idea. What's going on? I'm sure the author wants to make a love affair happen between Felix and Hope. But that's not how I see it. All in all a knight quick read

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I have not hated a character this much since Liza Jane in the first Lighthouse Library Mystery! I hated Felix then he was nicer and I thought maybe I would like him, then he was rude again! Maybe he’s okay by the end. I haven’t decided. The cruise ship is an interesting setting. The murder wasn’t what I expected and neither was the murderer. I’m never would have guessed the murderer. It is an emotional solution. I like the side characters, Catalina, Dae-yun, Ansh. I like the way we get Hope’s ba I have not hated a character this much since Liza Jane in the first Lighthouse Library Mystery! I hated Felix then he was nicer and I thought maybe I would like him, then he was rude again! Maybe he’s okay by the end. I haven’t decided. The cruise ship is an interesting setting. The murder wasn’t what I expected and neither was the murderer. I’m never would have guessed the murderer. It is an emotional solution. I like the side characters, Catalina, Dae-yun, Ansh. I like the way we get Hope’s back story. It seemed very natural. This is a pretty good start to a new series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beth Temin

    Great cozy mystery The combination of staff and families on a cruise made a great basis for a cozy mystery. The grandfather's chauvinistic attitude made a good plotline for murder. With only one male heir and male grandson, his daughters were snubbed and knew they would never receive any inheritance from dear old granddad. This made for an interesting conundrum when the only son was murdered. The new event planner and his counterpart were able to save the day in the end, and good feelings were th Great cozy mystery The combination of staff and families on a cruise made a great basis for a cozy mystery. The grandfather's chauvinistic attitude made a good plotline for murder. With only one male heir and male grandson, his daughters were snubbed and knew they would never receive any inheritance from dear old granddad. This made for an interesting conundrum when the only son was murdered. The new event planner and his counterpart were able to save the day in the end, and good feelings were the result.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy Rosenkoetter

    I liked the characters and the setting, which are my primary criteria for book series, and the mystery was well planned, but I'm getting tired of these hastily thrown together endings where we are told the eventual results rather than shown them. I happen to have several of those series running at the moment, and it's bad storytelling to tell rather than show. I know once the biggest part of the plot is over that the author is probably itching to move on to the next one, but please don't throw y I liked the characters and the setting, which are my primary criteria for book series, and the mystery was well planned, but I'm getting tired of these hastily thrown together endings where we are told the eventual results rather than shown them. I happen to have several of those series running at the moment, and it's bad storytelling to tell rather than show. I know once the biggest part of the plot is over that the author is probably itching to move on to the next one, but please don't throw your readers under the bus to do it. We deserve to be given the whole story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Not my favourite Susan Harper book. I have read other series and found some of he characters to lack maturity but Hope takes the cake! I couldn't stand her whiney attitude and frankly if i was her boss i would have fired her. Better character development would help a lot. As it is i will give the rest of the series a pass. Too bad as i enjoyed the cruise ship concept, but the characters are too painful to tolerate. Not my favourite Susan Harper book. I have read other series and found some of he characters to lack maturity but Hope takes the cake! I couldn't stand her whiney attitude and frankly if i was her boss i would have fired her. Better character development would help a lot. As it is i will give the rest of the series a pass. Too bad as i enjoyed the cruise ship concept, but the characters are too painful to tolerate.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    This was a good starter book for the series but not so good by itself. At first I really wanted to like this story, but the farther into it I got, the less I liked the main character, Hope. All the other crew members were OK ; maybe in the next book the musician will get to play on center stage. One positive thing; the ending was something I wasn't expecting. That means I will definitely buy book number 2.8 This was a good starter book for the series but not so good by itself. At first I really wanted to like this story, but the farther into it I got, the less I liked the main character, Hope. All the other crew members were OK ; maybe in the next book the musician will get to play on center stage. One positive thing; the ending was something I wasn't expecting. That means I will definitely buy book number 2.8

  25. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    A dysfunctional family on holiday, a crew member over looked for promotion, a new employee gets the job but has never worked on a cruise ship. The deceased is a member of the family but no real obvious clues to determine why he was killed. The over looked employee and the new man on the ship join together to help discover who the killer is and the reason for the murder. Interesting plot including the on again off again disagreement between the two crew members.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Started a little slow but Kept my interest enough to finish it. Looking forward to next edition in series. Hope has worked for the cruise line for four years in every position there is working her way to being promoted to the leader in the events program. When an outsider is promoted over her sparks fly and the two get off to a bad start. Working together to solve a mystery makes them take a look at not only makes them look at themselves but each other.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Denn

    Eh? Not too sure how this series will play out with me. The dialogue seemed a bit amateurish to me. From first impression I am sensing we can expect a lot of drama and a little mystery solving. Books that follow this "drama galore" theme typically fall flat for me. Fingers crossed for better stories to come in subsequent books! Eh? Not too sure how this series will play out with me. The dialogue seemed a bit amateurish to me. From first impression I am sensing we can expect a lot of drama and a little mystery solving. Books that follow this "drama galore" theme typically fall flat for me. Fingers crossed for better stories to come in subsequent books!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Phthon

    What an interesting series of events! I really liked Hope, I thought she was an interesting person. Felix was irritating. I had fun reading this and I must say that I probably would have been as irritated by him as Hope was! Susan Harper never disappoints when she writes a mystery! Likable characters and devious plots are her bailiwick.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beth Hirschenbein

    What Fun!!! Had a wonderful time with the new book set on a cruise ship. The story really held my interest from the beginning to the end. Can’t wait to read more about Hope and Felix. Sounds like a fun series to enjoy. The characters are real and believable. Another terrific book by Susan Harper.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Drugged on Deck This is the first Susan Harper book that I have read but it won't be the last! I felt like I was there on the cruise ship with them. There are all kinds of emotions and some prejudice issues which lead to a dead body. This is a great cozy mystery. I gave it 5 stars. Drugged on Deck This is the first Susan Harper book that I have read but it won't be the last! I felt like I was there on the cruise ship with them. There are all kinds of emotions and some prejudice issues which lead to a dead body. This is a great cozy mystery. I gave it 5 stars.

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