Character Guest Post/Spotlight/#Giveaway ~ Drowning Lessons by Rachel Neuburger Reynolds @rainyday11 #Cozy


About the Book


Drowning Lessons (A Red Frog Beach Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Self-Published (May 21, 2019)
Number of Pages: ~290
Digital ASIN: B07PZRR8WC


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You are cordially invited to a destination wedding to die for…

Welcome to Bocas del Toro, a remote chain of islands off the Caribbean coast of Panama. Five days of glorious sun and lush rainforest await the forty guests celebrating Bridezilla Olivia’s dream wedding—but will a murder sink the catered affair? Before anyone’s got time to start working on a tan, an unfortunate snorkeling accident eliminates a member of the wedding party. Maid of honor Lexie Marino smells trouble, and is thrust into the responsibility of investigating, needing to solve the case before her bestie’s trip down the aisle gets tropically derailed. The show must go on.

Lexie’s a little too tall, a little too awkward, and a little too brokenhearted, but she’s determined to nail the real killer. Can this unlikely sleuth stay afloat as she’s hit by wave after wave of wildly entertaining characters, including an alpha bride, surfing detectives, and a high school flame long forgotten? You’ll find yourself laughing until the very end of Drowning Lessons, a debut cozy mystery that makes the perfect beach read. Rub in some coconut oil, dangle your feet in the crystal-blue waters of Dolphin Bay, and sip a cool drink as Lexie discovers the deductive superpowers she never knew she had. Let the party begin!

~ Character Guest Post ~

Dear Diary,

Sorry that it’s been a while.

Since I’m going into a bit of a more serious stage in my life, I’m going to start writing “Dear Me” in the future. Dear Diary just seems a little 5th grade, and since I’m coming up on 30, it’s time. Don’t worry! I won’t give up the sparkle covers!

I’m writing to you from 32,000 feet, flying direct to Panama City. The one in Panama, not the one in Florida. From there, we get a tiny plane to an island called Bocas del Toro. I’ve been told there will be monkeys in the wild, so better than Florida! In my Lonely Planet book, it also says the place is rife with sloths, hummingbirds, and hyacinth macaws. Most smashingly, it’s like dolphin city. You just sit on your terrace, and they fly right by.

One of the many great things about working for Walter is the business class travel. Hello! Lots of champagne and free checked bags. And the best bonus is that I met you-know-who. <3 <3 <3 Walter’s mentioned promoting me lately, which would be nice after spending three years as his assistant, so I’m a little afraid to tell him about what’s next in my future. But you have to be bold bold bold in life, don’t you? Yessiree.

I’m only going to have one more glass of champagne as you know how it makes me a bubbly ding-a-ling, but I’m also pretty nervous. I’m both looking forward to and dreading this destination wedding. On the one hand, it’s going to be extravagant, and full of decadent events, and five days of fun in the sun. And delicious time with you-know-who.

On the other more serious hand, I’m pretty sure Walter’s bride, Olivia, hates me. This is not me being cuckoo. She’s never called me Becky, just “Walter’s assistant.” For someone so beautiful, I don’t think she’s very confident, though she puts on a good show. I almost didn’t come to the wedding, because I know at a few times she’s put it into people’s minds that I’ve been messing around with hubby-to-be. Never in a thousand years. And that’s just the times that I know about. It hurts. It’s mean. Who knows what she’s told some of the guests ahead of time?

I don’t know. For these rich people who seem to have everything, there’s a whole lot of drama and problems. If I had that kind of money… correction: when I have that kind of money, I’m not going to skip around in those circles. My friends are my friends, perfect or not, and snobbery just doesn’t suit me. There is only so much I can avoid, but give me the outer banks of North Carolina rather than the Hamptons any day of the week.

Argh! I sound like I’m complaining, and you know that this whole new-you-best-you has left me in a much more positive space.

Be your positive self, Becky! Think about love, and the beach, and pina coladas. Think about how every bathing suit you have is accompanied by matching sunglasses and flip-flops. Make new friends. Don’t forget to laugh and remember who you are and who you will be. And between you, me, and my life coach, remember him.

You got the grand prize.

A million kisses and another one too,

About the Author


RACHEL NEUBURGER REYNOLDS is the author of The Red Frog Beach Mystery Series. As a playwright, her plays have had been produced in London, Edinburgh and New York. After 25-years in New York City, she now resides with her husband between London and St Leonards-on-Sea in England. For news about Rachel and the upcoming Red Frog Beach Mysteries, check her out at

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One thought on “Character Guest Post/Spotlight/#Giveaway ~ Drowning Lessons by Rachel Neuburger Reynolds @rainyday11 #Cozy

  1. I enjoyed reading Becky’s diary post and really look forward to reading Drowning Lessons. Thanks so much for featuring it on your blog!!