Book Review: Shore Excursion by: Marie Moore


Camel Press 

Publish Date:
April 1, 2012

From Publisher for Review


Travel agents are a vanishing breed, but Sidney Marsh, a New York transplant from Mississippi, is holding her ground--at least on land. She is the tour leader on a cruise through Scandinavia for a group of eccentric senior citizens who call themselves the High Steppers. Sidney expects her days to be filled with long meals, shopping expeditions and visits to museums, churches and fjords. But this cruise is anything but routine. There is a killer on board, targeting the High Steppers and quite possibly herself.

After the first suspicious death, the captain and his crew are grimly determined to carry on as usual. Disgusted with their inaction, Sidney decides to take matters into her own hands and launch her own investigation. She enlists the halfhearted help of her friend and business partner, the flamboyant and fun-loving Jay Wilson. Suspects abound. What about those two handsome young men who stay mysteriously aloof? One of them has his eye on Sidney. So does another passenger, far too charming and again too young to fit the "High Stepper" mold. Then there's Captain Vargos, the arrogant ladies' man whose plans to thwart Sidney's investigation might include seduction.

Who is that crew member shadowing Sidney? Is the theater really haunted? Even the High Steppers themselves are not as predictable or harmless as they seem. The closer Sydney gets to the truth, the less she understands. Shore Excursion is the first book in a new mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Sidney Marsh.

Review: Ms. Moore has easily brought the life of a travel agent into sharp focus in Shore Excursion. Travel agent Sidney Marsh has more on her hands than adventurous old-timers and touchy-feely crew members. When members of her tour group are found dead, Sidney's determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. However, everyone involved wants her to look the other way and keep her mouth shut. Sidney can't do that and will do anything to figure out what is going on...

Shore Excursion is a fun and intriguing mystery! I loved the different characters - you can envision every one of them vividly. Shore Excursion has, as all good mysteries should, a number of twists, turns, and red herrings along the way. I admired Sidney's determination to solve the mystery regardless of her safety. Flamboyant and feisty, Shore Excursion is the first in what will be an excellent mystery series!

Sidney Marsh Series: Shore Excursion (1), Game Drive (2)

Marie Moore Bio: Shore Excursion is Marie Moore’s first novel, but not her first writing experience, and like Sidney Marsh, she is a native Mississippian. She graduated from Ole Miss, married a lawyer in her hometown, taught junior high science, raised a family, and worked for a small weekly newspaper, first as a writer and later as Managing Editor. She wrote hard news, features and a weekly column, sold ads, did interviews, took photos, and won a couple of MS Press Association awards for some of her stories.

In 1985, Marie left the newspaper to open a retail travel agency. She completed agency and computer training with Airlines Reporting Corporation, Delta Airlines and TWA, earned her CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) designation, and joined the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), International Air Transport Association (IATA), and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). For the next 15 years, she managed her agency, sold travel, escorted group tours, sailed on 19 cruises, and visited over 60 countries. Much of the background of Shore Excursion comes from that experience.

Marie also did location scouting and worked as the local contact for several feature films, including Heart of Dixie, The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag, and Robert Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune.

In mid-1999, because of her husband's work, Marie sold the travel agency and moved to Jackson, MS, then New York City, Anna Maria Island, FL, and Arlington, VA. She and her husband now live in Memphis, TN and Holly Springs, MS.

Marie is a member of Sisters in Crime.


  1. Thank you, Star, for the terrific review! I am so pleased that you enjoyed Shore Excuraion and hope and believe that you will enjoy the next books in the series as well. The next one, Game Drive, should be out by the end of 2012. In it, Sidney and Jay are in Cape Town and on safari in South Africa. I am really happy that you liked the characters, too! Creating characters and watching them come to life is one of the most enjoyable tasks of writing. Thanks so much for your thoughtful review!

  2. The title did nothing for me, then I noticed the intriguing cover and had to read more. Will put Shore Excursion on my TBR list.

  3. Glad this mystery kept you "on the edge of your deck chair." :)

  4. I enjoyed this one to. I think the characters were the best part, especially Sidney and the other tour guide.


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