Castle Cay (Julie OHara Mystery Series Book 1)


Buy now with 1-Click. As dawn breaks, the pale body of a beautiful, raven-haired young woman is discovered in an errant swan boat, adrift on a small lake smack in the middle of a jewel-like park in Downtown Orlando. It looks like a suicide: Snow White in a fractured fairytale. Body language expert, Julie O'Hara, isn't buying it. And that's a BIG problem, since Julie is the one person most likely to figure it out. For body language expert Julie O'Hara, writing a book called "Clues" had seemed like a logical next-step in her career, but she had never thought past the writing part.

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Catapulted into the spotlight by the book's success, Julie finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of publicity, the latest being a seminar aboard Holiday Cruise Lines gigantic ship, Mystral. It's grin-and-bear-it time for Julie, until a woman she meets at the exclusive Captain's Dinner takes a header overboard. Julie thinks back and realizes there was a lot of motive for murder spread around the Captain's table Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

So far I've only read Castle Cay, very good mystery read, can't wait to see what happens next!

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And, for a time, a decent looking plot does emerge but, without wanting to introduce spoilers, Really this is a 1. And, for a time, a decent looking plot does emerge but, without wanting to introduce spoilers, it doesn't live up to its potential. The denoument like much else in the book, such as the evolution of relationships is abrupt, short and unsatisfying.

The very final revelation about the fate of a certain individual is just horribly shoe-horned in, in a way that doesn't even make sense, it would appear that, in court, in passing, in testimony, view spoiler [someone happens to confess to murder hide spoiler ]. And the chapters are also far to short, giving the whole book an abrupt and disjointed feel.

For example, Julie may be at her office, and then go home.

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She's only at her office for 4 paragraphs. Instead of starting paragraph 5 with, "Later on that evening, back in her appartment, Julie Finally, I was really let down by some of the teasers that came to nothing.

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Julie thinks back and realizes there was a lot of motive for murder spread around the Captain's table While I had a good idea of who all was involved in the crimes in this book fairly early on, I did not get bored with the book because of secondary plot twists and turns that added a different level of interests. However would it be possible for you to contact Amazon to attempt to entice them to correct the deplorable printing job? The author's professional and personal knowledge of the work of a body language expert makes the main character very believable. Finally, I was really let down by some of the teasers that came to nothing. Joe makes a move on Julie or Merlin as she is know professionally and they are the romantic interest. This was, I'm sorry to say, a bad read, not a good read.

This isn't a spoiler, it's a sanity saver: The fact that this is mentioned at all left me assuming all the way through that it meant something and would be explained. It didn't, and wasn't. This is not the worst book I've read, but then, I have read the Dune prequels Feb 05, Lee Hanson rated it it was amazing. Of course I love this book, I wrote it!

But here's a review from a mystery lover who purchased Castle Cay the paperback edition on Amazon and gave it a 5 star review: Lee Hanson has burst upon the scene with a 'can't put it down' great new read. Her characters are well-developed, expecially the main character Julie O'Hara. Julie is a very caring, sensitive and loyal friend. However, her adversaries soon realize that she is also tenacious.

She leaves the reader with an unexpected, subtle twist at the end of her novel. We suspect that her intent is to peak our interest and segue into the second installment in the Julie O'Hara Trilogy. Feb 03, Jeanie rated it really liked it. Castle Cay belongs on the shelves here because it was indeed a good read. The characters were interesting and well developed.

One minor thing - the author must have had a fondness for Sol the sun? I'm glad I overlooked that and continued on to finish the suspenseful story, which had just the right amount of descriptive passages. They were well written and didn't occu Castle Cay belongs on the shelves here because it was indeed a good read. They were well written and didn't occur so frequently that they became annoying to wade through. I enjoyed Castle Cay and the sequel sounds good, too.

Oct 25, J. Cunningham rated it really liked it. I was very impressed with this book and cannot wait to read the next two in the series. The author's professional and personal knowledge of the work of a body language expert makes the main character very believable. I always enjoy reading mystery novels but most of the time I end up bored with the book because I have figured out all the plot twists and turns before they happen. While I had a good idea of who all was involved in the crimes in this book fairly early on, I did not get bored with t I was very impressed with this book and cannot wait to read the next two in the series.

While I had a good idea of who all was involved in the crimes in this book fairly early on, I did not get bored with the book because of secondary plot twists and turns that added a different level of interests. A very good book indeed. Dec 08, P Karr rated it it was amazing Shelves: Women sleuths are all the rage in the world of indie mystery books. A Florida native, Julie is shocked by the death of her dear friend Marc Solomon and flies to Boston for his funeral.

May 25, Ted Tayler rated it liked it. I almost baled out in the first few pages. I dislike being given descriptions of settings and characters in such florid, and minute detail. What am I supposed to do with my imagination? Mark it as 'not needed on journey' and stow it away? I ploughed on in the hope that things would improve. Further into the story the level of detail dissipated, but the characters, settings, and plot became less engaging. The ending was inevitable, and somewhat rushed. After such a detailed beginning, all the loose ends were tied up in a few pages. As I said, an odd mixture.

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Nov 01, Jennifer rated it really liked it. I love finding a good story and this definitely is one.

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The star of the show is Julie who is an expert in body language. This makes for some interesting interviews of people involved with the victim. The victim is Marc, Julie's best friend and it gradually becomes apparent that the motive centers around an island called Castle Cay which Marc inherited from his mother but which the family had not used for years. Top of the suspect list is Marc's brother, Avram. He's a nasty character who's pushing I love finding a good story and this definitely is one. He's a nasty character who's pushing for the sale of Castle Cay, but he doesn't inherit the money from the sale, so why would he want Marc dead?

Or was it Marc's lover David, a quarrel maybe? Or could it have been suicide? Marc did have AIDS. So many questions, so few answers. Helping Julie to answer the questions is Joe, a private detective that she rents office space from.

But is this more than just professional? To find out you'll just have to read the book. This story was obviously well thought out and for the most part well paced. I felt like the writing got better with each page and kept me intrigued and wanting to see how it would all turn out. After a slow start I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it for those who like mysteries. The body language analysis aspect adds a nice little twist. I look forward to reading the next one in this series.

Oct 22, Thibaldo Manrique rated it it was amazing. Excellent murder mystery This is the kind of book that surprises you in the best possible way. Got it with mixed fillings, I needed something to read on a plane, but couldn't and put off reading it for a few weeks. When I finally got around to it, it turned out to be very, very good.

Excellent character development, very real and true to life, very different from one another, makes for a "yes, I know somebody like that" feel. Furthermore, the twists and turns of the plot give the characters depth an Excellent murder mystery This is the kind of book that surprises you in the best possible way. Furthermore, the twists and turns of the plot give the characters depth and their varied motivations are very true to life.

Excellent descriptive prose, makes you wish you could be the various places referenced by the author. I particularly like the fact that a lot of the action takes place in south Florida, but not in the perpetual sunny days and clear nights often associated with this kind of story, but in a very true to life rain, Sun and in between whether that is the true norm. It kept me coming back, curious to see what happened and to follow the story. A great story and I look forward to reading more from this author.

Jul 09, Gay rated it it was amazing. Julie is a body language expert who goes to Boston for the funeral of her best friend Marc Solomon. He was an artist and owned Castle Cay in the Bahamas. She determines he was murdered and wants to know why and who did it. Joe, a police officer, helps Julie find the answers. Feb 15, Shantel Clemons rated it really liked it.

This was a very good mystery. I was very invested with this story and plot. I liked how the author would do flashbacks with the main characters to give the reader an image of who the characters are. The main character Julie is a body language expert, an asset to her because when she looks into the circumstances surrounding the death of a close friend, her investigation turns up clues from the pool of suspects that she probably wouldn't have noticed if she didn't have her skills. The only reason This was a very good mystery. I will definitely buy the other books in the Julie O'Hara series.

Jan 12, Dorothy Gagnon rated it it was amazing. Mystery in the Keys Julie, a consultant specializing in reading body language, received a call of the suicide death of a close friend. Devastated, she left to attend the funeral in the Florida Keys. Julie couldn't believe it was a suicide, and uneasy at some of the body language she read on several of his close friends. So she called Joe, her PI friend, who used her as a consultant on some of his cases, to join her.

Excellent suspense mystery along with a romantic twist. May 14, Mike rated it really liked it. Very good book indeed. I just finished this one and it kept me enthralled throughout; even when you discovered who committed the murder. Word of warning for those who have a problem or issue with homosexuality; there is some in this book so if that offends or bothers you too much to get past it I'd not read this book but for anyone else who is ok with that topic this book is a wonderful mystery story.

I feel I have to give a statement here; I don't have a problem with homosexuality; whatever tw Very good book indeed. I feel I have to give a statement here; I don't have a problem with homosexuality; whatever two ppl do that's legal and doesn't harm anyone is their own business. Feb 17, Frank Richardson rated it really liked it. I downloaded this book for free so I was not expecting much, but I was wrong!

This is a good book. It deals with the murder of Marc, who was infected with aids and living with his partner in Key West. It also deals with stolen painting and a drug ring operating out of Massachusetts and the author does a good job of tying it all together in believable way.

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Not too long of a book, easy read, and I recommend it. Jan 01, Carrie Garza rated it really liked it. Of course, I liked this book. I seldom read anything I don 't like. The story kept my attention, and it was a good story.

A mystery of who killed Julies' friend.. And she was the one who was going to figure it out. Apr 20, Margie Cady rated it it was amazing. Starts a bit slow. It just gets better. As with many mysteries, the "whodunits" keep expanding. But this book takes it to new levels. The characters are intriguing. I wanted to get to know them and was not disappointed. Kudos to the author.

Apr 06, Eileen rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this book, read it in two days.