The newest release from one of my all-time favorite auto-buy authors, Tessa Bailey, My Killer Vacation* is a rom-com and murder mystery rolled into one. My Killer Vacation is out on June 6, 2022.
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?
I loved Taylor and Myles’s dynamic and really enjoyed them together. I’m always a sucker for a good grumpy/sunshine pairing and this delivered. I found the waffling as to whether they could or couldn’t make a relationship work to be a bit much and at a point felt like yelling “just get on with it” at Myles.
This isn’t quite a novella but doesn’t totally read as a full-fledged novel either—it kind of falls somewhere in the middle, and I definitely did find myself wishing certain parts had been a bit more fleshed out (for example, his past and his coming to terms with wanting to be in a relationship and such). Moreover, the underlying mystery itself was kind of boring. I was intrigued based on how the book started but I ultimately wasn’t invested in the mystery, nor did I feel that satisfied by the payoff and reveal.
I probably would’ve rated this book closer to 3 stars were it not for the ending which absolutely sold me. I adored it. And this book had me laughing out loud more than once, but especially at the end.
☆ ☆ ☆ ½ / 5
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*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This has not impacted my review or opinion in any way; all opinions are my own.
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