Thursday, May 30, 2019

Blog Tour and Review: DROWNING LESSONS : A Red Frog Beach Mystery by Rachel Neuburger


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!


One thing's for sure, a destination wedding is not where brokenhearted Lexi wants to be and the bride to be isn't exactly sympathetic. With all the cell phones taken from the guests, it's no wonder everyone's a little tense. The not-so-accidental death doesn't help the mood. One member of the troop is dead and the rest are suspects. 

From the poison dart red frogs to the beautiful setting of Dolphin Bay, there are any number of things that make this cozy mystery interesting and different from others. I liked Lexi's attitude, her loyalties, though seemingly misplaced, and her determination. Many interesting characters, most of whom aren't particularly likable, twists and turns, and not an obvious killer. Not a bad combination for a leisurely light read. 

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.

About the Author

RACHEL NEUBURGER REYNOLDS is the author of The Red Frog Beach Mystery Series. As a playwright, her plays have 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

Author Links

Webpage and blog:


Twitter: @rainyday11

Instagram: @rainydaywrites



Purchase Links

Amazon – Kindle


One e-copy of the book will be given away to the randomly selected person who leaves a comment on this blog.  Please indicate the format you prefer in your comment. Giveaway will end June 7th.


  1. New author to me. I liked the synopsis of the book and would enjoy reading it. I would need a mobi copy for Kindle.

  2. Sounds like a fun read! I would like a kindle format if I win please. Thanks for the giveaway! turtle6422 at gmail dot com