I love both travel to exotic locations and mysteries. So, when an author combines both, I’m intrigued. I’ve loved all of Kate McVaugh’s books. She takes her reader all over the world. Kate’s books take place in foreign lands where she has traveled, lived and worked. She was a Peace Core Volunteer in Brazil. Kate is also a travel essayist and has blogged for Lonely Planet. Two of the books are in a series, the rest are stand alone.

In “Broadsided in Bali,” Raquel and Magdalen have decided to visit the Lotus Yoga Resort and Spa in Ubud, Bali, even though they are not into yoga. After a full day at the spa, the owner, Lotus, has disappeared and other employees exhibit strange behavior.   There is also a scientist visiting the resort who is acting suspicious.

Raquel and Magdalen decide to investigate and enlist the aid of some of other guests at the lodge. Along the way we see a glimpse of Bali.

In addition to the exotic location and the puzzle mystery. The book offers a variety of fascinating characters who have come to visit the spa. It is great to see active near retirement age women being the protagonist in a mystery. As a cozy mystery, the emphasis is on the puzzle and isn’t violent.

I think many readers will enjoy it.

Four Stars out of Five.


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