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The Wipeout Affair (Red Frog Beach Mystery)
by Rachel Neuburger Reynolds

About The Wipeout Affair


The Wipeout Affair (Red Frog Beach Mystery)
Cozy Mystery/ Chick-Lit
2nd in Series
Jeepers Way Press (October 17, 2019)
Number of Pages: ~300
ASIN: B07TBGQFN4

There’s trouble in paradise, in the hilarious second book of the Red Frog Beach Mystery Series.

Ready to go back to the beach?

Lexie Milano left her heart in Bocas del Toro, and the new and improved New Yorker makes the big choice to move to the laid-back Caribbean island permanently. Piña coladas, white sand beaches, and a little cabin of her own on the edge of the rainforest complete her picture of the perfect tropical future awaiting her. But if it looks too good to be true, it usually is. . . .

When the body of a beautiful wealthy local is found at an isolated surf camp, the owner calls on Lexie to help him figure out who did it in this delicious whodunit. Reluctant sleuth Lexie first turns to the police, but her sudden access to a treasure-trove of island secrets convinces her it’s time to solve another murder on her own.

Favorite characters from Drowning Lessons return to grace the pages of this comedic mystery, including Migs, the handsome photographer; Lloyd, the genius with the cryptic past; and Lexie’s new best friend, Detective LaGuardia. Between old friends, new associates, and the added potential of shark attacks, The Wipeout Affair will leave you laughing and guessing until the very end.

This is the second in the series but can be read as a stand alone novel.

——

Praise for Drowning Lessons, Book One in the Red Frog Beach Mystery Series:

This series is one that I will be watching.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

This story is much more than a cozy mystery. It is a dramedy where literally everything that can go wrong does. Twists, turns, craziness, and good old mayhem fill these pages all on an idyllic chain of islands . . . This was a fun book to read and a great start for this series.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

Drowning Lessons is filled with humor from beginning to end, not to mention several twists along the way. It’s the perfect beach read.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews

Great debut for this new series: a compelling plot, a spectacular setting, and bizarre characters, nothing is missing.
~LibriAmoriMiei

Guest Post by the Author

WHODUNNIT? BEATS ME… IDENTIFYING THE MURDERER IN MYSTERIES

 

Some writers start crafting their books with an excellent outline, building the book from a thorough exploration of the murderer they have impeccably selected.

 

Unfortunately, I’m not such a writer.

 

Consider this, an anecdote about the man I consider the mastery of mystery, Raymond Chandler, from the blog The Greatest Book List in the World:

 

Many people have mentioned (or complained) that in The Big Sleep, Chandler leaves one major aspect of the plot unresolved. At one point in the book, the Sternwood’s chauffeur is found dead in his car at the bottom of the Lido pier. The police conclude that this is probably a murder – it looks like he has a head wound from a blunt object, but we never discover who the killer is. As the story goes, when this book was being turned into a movie, the filmmakers sent a telegram to Raymond Chandler asking who killed the chauffeur. Chandler answered, “Damned if I know.”

 

Clearly, I don’t have the success of Raymond Chandler (yet), so I could never get away with that (where was his editor anyway!?).

 

In the relative vein of this little ditty, I will say that I have never written a book where I’m correct in identifying the murderer in a first draft. Not even close.

 

With my first effort with a mystery, Drowning Lessons, Book 1 in the Red Frog Beach series, I started writing with only two images in my mind. Firstly, based on a vacation to Red Frog Beach, I knew that the murder would be what looked like ‘an unfortunate snorkeling incident.’ Secondly, it would be in conjunction with a decadent destination wedding.

 

Ready. Set. Go.

 

In writing the first fifty pages, I had written what seemed to be the perfect murder. I was as clueless as first-time sleuth, Lexie. I didn’t have enough suspects, so I pulled them out of thin air. Not until I was writing the last twenty pages did the author (me…) figure out who this diabolical murderer was. I think it’s pretty clever, but you be the judge.

 

Based on this, my second draft was easily 50% different from the first. The published version of this book is probably 75% new. That process took me two years.

 

And yes, I did forget one of the murders. Trust me, that has been fixed.

 

With my second mystery, Evelyn Bay (Book 1 in the Hedy Taylor Mystery Series, yet to be published), I knew I had to put together a solid outline. I didn’t. I got as far as identifying the murderer before I started writing. A third of the way through, I decided the killer should be someone else. Then again, in the last stretch of the book, I changed the killer again. I thought it created thrills and chills and could see the movie adaptation clearly in my mind.

 

My former agent told me it didn’t work. And it didn’t. Back to the drawing board. Another terror of a rewrite. My books have needed serious rewrites, not bandaids, in my lack of outline proficiency.

 

I’m getting better. In the latest in the Red Frog Beach Mystery Series, The Wipeout Affair, I only changed the murderer once. Halfway through the book, I took a step back and saw that solving the crime was way too easy. Those who read it as I wrote identified the murderer correctly very early on. Structurally the book was sound from the get-go, so the rewrite was not a painful one. I actually found it fun. I hope you do too.

 

As I start writing book three in the series, tentatively titled The Beach Cover-up, I have a crystal clear vision of the murderer. Will it change? I’m sure it will. It’s a mystery. It’s fun figuring it out as it goes. It’s a blast getting to know the new characters and seeing those who you want to stick around in the future and who might inspire the twists and turns we all desperately crave.

 

So, whodunnit? No idea.

 

About Rachel Neuburger Reynolds

Rachel Neuburger Reynolds is the author of the Red Frog Beach Mystery Series. Book 1, Drowning Lessons, was released on May 21, 2019, and the second in the series, The Wipeout Affair, was released on October 17, 2019. She’s also working on a separate series, The Evelyn Bay Murder Mystery series, and has written book one The Death Of A Classic. If all goes as planned you’ll be reading this in 2020. This is the first of book of seven in the series. Two of her plays have been produced in recent years. The Silencer, a cautionary tale about the perils of online dating, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival, followed by a run in New York. Nepenthe, a one-woman show about the 1960’s Hollywood-fication of the Holocaust had its premiere in London, and she is currently in talks about a film adaptation in 2021. Previous to her life of putting pen to paper, she produced theatre in New York City for fifteen years. Though she bounces back and forth between London in New York my headquarters is in Crowhurst on the South Coast of the UK. Please check out more at RachelNeuburger.com

Author Links

Webpage and blog: RachelNeuburger.com

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/rachelneuburgercreative

Twitter: @rainyday11

Instagram: @rainydaywrites

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18992082.Rachel_Neuburger_Reynolds

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/rainyday11/

Purchase Links

Amazon – Kindle

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Participants

November 14 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

November 14 – Lori’s Reading Corner – GUEST POST

November 15 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, GUEST POST

November 16 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

November 17 – The Book Diva’s Reads – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

November 18 – My Reading Journeys – CHARACTER GUEST POST

November 19 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 20 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

November 21 – Socrates Book Reviews – REVIEW

November 22 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

November 23 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 24 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 25 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW

November 26 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 26 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

November 27 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – REVIEW

 

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The Wipeout Affair (Red Frog Beach Mystery)
by Rachel Neuburger Reynolds
About The Wipeout Affair

The Wipeout Affair (Red Frog Beach Mystery)
Cozy Mystery/ Chick-Lit
2nd in Series
Jeepers Way Press (October 17, 2019)
Number of Pages: ~300
ASIN: B07TBGQFN4

There’s trouble in paradise, in the hilarious second book of the Red Frog Beach Mystery Series.
Ready to go back to the beach?
Lexie Milano left her heart in Bocas del Toro, and the new and improved New Yorker makes the big choice to move to the laid-back Caribbean island permanently. Piña coladas, white sand beaches, and a little cabin of her own on the edge of the rainforest complete her picture of the perfect tropical future awaiting her. But if it looks too good to be true, it usually is. . . .
When the body of a beautiful wealthy local is found at an isolated surf camp, the owner calls on Lexie to help him figure out who did it in this delicious whodunit. Reluctant sleuth Lexie first turns to the police, but her sudden access to a treasure-trove of island secrets convinces her it’s time to solve another murder on her own.
Favorite characters from Drowning Lessons return to grace the pages of this comedic mystery, including Migs, the handsome photographer; Lloyd, the genius with the cryptic past; and Lexie’s new best friend, Detective LaGuardia. Between old friends, new associates, and the added potential of shark attacks, The Wipeout Affair will leave you laughing and guessing until the very end.
This is the second in the series but can be read as a stand alone novel.
——
Praise for Drowning Lessons, Book One in the Red Frog Beach Mystery Series:
This series is one that I will be watching.
~Baroness’ Book Trove
This story is much more than a cozy mystery. It is a dramedy where literally everything that can go wrong does. Twists, turns, craziness, and good old mayhem fill these pages all on an idyllic chain of islands . . . This was a fun book to read and a great start for this series.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
Drowning Lessons is filled with humor from beginning to end, not to mention several twists along the way. It’s the perfect beach read.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews
Great debut for this new series: a compelling plot, a spectacular setting, and bizarre characters, nothing is missing.
~LibriAmoriMiei
About Rachel Neuburger Reynolds

Rachel Neuburger Reynolds is the author of the Red Frog Beach Mystery Series. Book 1, Drowning Lessons, was released on May 21, 2019, and the second in the series, The Wipeout Affair, was released on October 17, 2019. She’s also working on a separate series, The Evelyn Bay Murder Mystery series, and has written book one The Death Of A Classic. If all goes as planned you’ll be reading this in 2020. This is the first of book of seven in the series. Two of her plays have been produced in recent years. The Silencer, a cautionary tale about the perils of online dating, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival, followed by a run in New York. Nepenthe, a one-woman show about the 1960’s Hollywood-fication of the Holocaust had its premiere in London, and she is currently in talks about a film adaptation in 2021. Previous to her life of putting pen to paper, she produced theatre in New York City for fifteen years. Though she bounces back and forth between London in New York my headquarters is in Crowhurst on the South Coast of the UK. Please check out more at RachelNeuburger.com
Author Links
Webpage and blog: RachelNeuburger.com
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/rachelneuburgercreative
Twitter: @rainyday11
Instagram: @rainydaywrites
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18992082.Rachel_Neuburger_Reynolds
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/rainyday11/
Purchase Links
Amazon – Kindle
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Participants
November 14 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
November 14 – Lori’s Reading Corner – GUEST POST
November 15 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, GUEST POST
November 16 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT
November 17 – The Book Diva’s Reads – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
November 18 – My Reading Journeys – CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 19 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 20 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
November 21 – Socrates Book Reviews – REVIEW
November 22 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
November 23 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 24 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 25 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW
November 26 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 26 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 27 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – REVIEW

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