An all-new, spicy murder mystery from Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author of It Happened One Summer…
It was supposed to be a relaxing vacation in sweet, sunny Cape Cod—just me and my beloved brother—but discovering a corpse in our rental house really throws a wrench into our tanning schedule. Now a rude, crude bounty hunter has arrived on the back of his motorcycle to catch the killer and refuses to believe I can be helpful, despite countless hours of true crime podcast listening. Not to mention a fulfilling teaching career of wrangling second graders.
A brash bounty hunter and an energetic elementary schoolteacher: the murder-solving team no one asked for, but thanks to these pesky attempts on my life, we’re stuck together, come hell or high tide.
I’m just here to do a job, not babysit an amateur sleuth. Although…it is becoming less and less of a hardship to have her around. Sure, she’s stubborn, distracting and can’t stay out of harm’s way. She’s also brave and beautiful and reminds me of the home I left behind three years ago. In other words, the painful hunger and protectiveness she is waking up in me is a threat to my peace of mind. Before I sink any deeper into this dangerous attraction, I need to solve this murder and get back on the road. But will fate take her from me before I realize the road has been leading to her all along?
My Killer Vacation was exactly the sort of fun and spicy mix of romantic comedy and murder mystery that I needed. At the time of reading MKV, the weather here is cold and rainy (hello winter!) so a summer vacay book set in a seaside town was much welcomed.
The central premise is Taylor and Myles relationship with the two main characters brought together through the circumstances surrounding a mysterious death of a local landlord. However, the murder mystery is definitely a lesser focus. The story has enough elements of the investigation to keep the story arc flowing but too much to hinder the reader’s enjoyment of the vast array of characters in this story. And if you’ve read any of Tessa Bailey’s stories before, you’ll know she’s great at writing characters–their development, personalities, relationships between families and friends.
If you enjoy the sunshine/grump trope–which is probably my all-time favourite trope–then you’ll enjoy My Killer Vacation. Taylor is a vibrant elementary schoolteacher by day and true crime podcast listener by night. She exudes sunshine and hope for a wonderful summer holiday that she’s planned for brother and herself. Then there is Myles. He is the giant, gruff, rough-around-the-edges bounty hunter investigating the murder as a favour to a friend. He may not initially believe in love at first sight, but he certainly falls victim to lust at first sight the moment he sets eyes on Taylor.
I really loved this book and all of its elements. Taylor and Myles were so much fun to read about and I enjoyed seeing both become their true selves together. There was definitely an underlying message throughout this book about not judging a book by its cover too. By that I mean, there was more to Taylor that the prim and proper schoolteacher vibes she gave off and, likewise, there was more to Myles than the burly, stern, alphahole presence he showed.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys beach reads/summer holidays-type of stories, fans of Bailey’s previous books, and readers wanting light romantic suspense.