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Rigged for Murder (Windjammer Mystery #1)

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  138 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Brie Beaumont has taken leave from the Minneapolis Police Department. Suffering from post-traumatic stress after her partner is killed, she has gone to Mainea place that holds fond memories from her childhood. A place to heal. She ships out on the Maine Wind for an early season cruise with Captain John DuLac and eight others. Caught in a gale, they anchor off remote and wi ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Conquill Press (first published February 21st 2008)
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I had the pleasure of meeting Jenifer LeClair at the Tall Ships Festival on Navy Pier in Chicago recently and learned about her Windjammer mystery series. I thought 'how unique, a mystery set aboard a sailing ship, and in one of my favorite places, the Maine coast.' I snapped up all 3 of her books on the spot--the third was hot off the presses--and looked forward to going sailing through the books of Ms LeClair. She has even thoughtfully provided a glossary of sailing terms for us landlubbers or ...more
Brie Beaumont is a member of the Minneapolis Police Department. After her partner is killed in the line of duty, Brie suffers from post-traumatic stress. She decides to take a leave from her job and signs up for a cruise on The Maine Wind. Brie has fond memories of sailing with her father and feels that this type of a trip is just what she needs.

The Maine Wind is an old-fashioned sailing ship. Captain John DuLuc has his own crew but the members of the cruise party are expected to lend a hand. Al
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This book as a debut novel has a lot going for it. First of all, anyone who has ever loved watching or sailing on Windjammer's will appreciate the attention to detail and the convenient glossary provider in the rear. Next, the details were very important in the search for weapons and the culprit.

A Beautiful Windjammer, 'Maine Wind' is going out for it's first of the year run in May, out of Camden. It's crew is a group of crew and paid passengers that are experienced in the vagaries of May's stor
Mary Newcomb
The initial premise is interesting, a murder on a windjammer sheltered in a Maine coastal cove during a spring gale. Then the bodies start piling up, the language gets stilted, a romance forces its way in the story and an odd conclusion is reached. There are at least two more in this series, I won't be reading them.
Jackie Tanner
Lol I have a while to be 6there at

Rigged for murder takes place on a windjammer cruise ship off the coast of Maine. Det. Brie Beaumont of the Minneapolis police has taken an extended vacation from her job after suffering a gunshot injury that also took the life of her partner. She returns to Maine where her family vacationed as a child and books passage on the 'working' shakedown cruise before the beginning of the tourist season. Almost immediately one of the crew members is murdered and she is appointed as the law enforcement i ...more
This was an interesting departure from my normal mystery reading. The author, Jenifer LeClair, was at the local book store, so I decided to try it. The detective is from Minnesota but the series takes place in Maine. There is a lot about sailing and windjammers, so it's helpful that there's a glossary in the back.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. My mind kept shifting between the suspects, and I never suspected the killer. The clues were there and when the solution was presented, I realized that I j
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/2008/205 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #1 in The Windjammer Mystery Series
TIME/PLACE: Present/Maine
CHARACTERS: Brie Beaumont/police detective from MN on leave; Captain John DuLac/Windjammer cruise captain
FIRST LINES:A dirty sky boiled overhead as the MAINE WIND beat a course through heavy seas toward Granite Island.

COMMENTS: Library book. Good debut, will look for next entry. Stormy weather forces
After been shot homicide detective Brie Beaumont takes a long leave to the sea off the Maine coast, taking a trip with Captain John duLau and 8 other passengers on The Maine Wind. Then during a storm someone is found dead .....
A little like my fav Agatha Christie- 10 people on a boat and a murder! Set in Maine, a little romance and a lot of detective action! Loved it!
Dave Hoff
A great Tall ship who-dun-it. Read it 11/2011 and reminded when her new book Apparition Island is being released.
Kevin Bowser
This was a great little murder mystery. It was great to read a murder mystery that was not full of profanity and f-bombs. I really enjoyed this one and it was a very swift read.
Peggy Johnson
I met the author and bought the book at Marketfest in White Bear Lake.
"Red sky of morning, sailor take warning..." A stormy-good read! Jenifer LeClair is quite the proficient sailor and weaver of mystery and intrigue. "Rigged For Murder" is a refreshing deviation from the typical formulaic whodunit: unique and challenging geographical settings, creative spatial-usage, and a broad-spectrum cast of characters. Equally impressive was the omission of excessive profanity. My only negative observation - the tying-up of loose ends seemed a bit fluffy and abrupt. Otherwis ...more
I enjoyed the claustrophobic nature of this mystery - group of sailers trapped on a windjammer cruise off the coast of Maine. When a big storm forces them to put in near a small island murder happens and there is no one available to investigate but Minnesota police detective Brie Beaumont. Makes for a nice locked room mystery.

What didn't work was the slow-pacing and the obvious solution to the murder. Also thought the falling-in-love aspect (which I usually enjoy) happened way too fast and unrea
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This probably doesn't really fit in the cozy category since the person that solves the crime is a police detective, but it does take place on a windjammer cruise.

I wish there had been more details about running a boat, but the book was good and I didn't figure it out until the end and as the clues were being revealed.
Sharon Michael
Well written and tightly plotted mystery with an unusual setting that felt very realistic to me although I've no background with ships or sailing at all. Characterization was good, dialogue felt smooth and the plot twists kept things interesting.
As a blue water sailer with an engineless boat, I enjoyed this book immensely. Not only is it a good sailing story, it is also a good mystery. I found only 3 errors, one of which might just be my opinion, Well written,
Lee Holz
Rigged for Murder is a well-plotted mystery with interesting characters. Although the detective is on leave from a big city police department, the book’s structure is of a police procedural. I found it highly enjoyable.
Nice seafaring murder mystery. Didn't like the pitbull comment. Fed into the stereotype and jarred me out of the story with a sour taste on an otherwise good story.
Fun read for the seashore! Makes you want to travel aboard one of those schooners out of Camden. Just make sure there aren't any murders or bad storms on your trip!
Dec 12, 2008 Stephanie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I know this author! She is the mother of a good friend from high school, and has just come out with her first novel. As such, a must read. Liking it so far.
A great mystery set off the coast of Maine. I met the author while visiting Booth Bay Harbor with friends this summer.
3.5 stars. Quite good despite the overly shifting POV. I would enjoy more of the series, as much is very well done.
I would have given this book 2 and 1/2 stars if that was available. 2 stars is too few-3 stars is too many.
Love reading any books staged in Maine! good mystery with some love interest and totally unexpected ending..
John Datesh
Solid mystery with a strong lead and lots of sailing. In genre, a 4-star.
Nov 27, 2011 T. marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Met this author at barnes and noble book signing.
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Jenifer LeClair is the author of the award-winning Windjammer Mystery Series set on the coast of Maine and featuring homicide detective Brie Beaumont as the series protagonist and detective. "Rigged for Murder" and "Danger Sector" are the first two books in LeClair's gripping mystery series and are set aboard a historic windjammer and on the islands and coastal areas of Maine, where she has sailed ...more
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