Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Rigged for Murder” as Want to Read:
Rigged for Murder
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Rigged for Murder (Windjammer Mystery #1)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  234 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
On leave from the Minneapolis Police Department after being shot, homicide detective Brie Beaumont has gone to Maine where she has family roots. 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 windswept Granite Island. When someone aboard is murdered, Brie must single-handedly ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Conquill Press (first published February 21st 2008)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Rigged for Murder, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Rigged for Murder

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Dec 31, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I met Jenifer LeClair at the sale at the Landmark Center in St. Paul in December. She was selling her novels. I enjoyed speaking to her about her personal experiences sailing on schooners. I bought all of her books and she signed them all. I just finished reading the first novel in her mystery series. It is a very good mystery. It kept me guessing and I did not figure out who the killer was until Brie did. I love the character of Brie. Brie is on leave from the Minneapolis Police Department sinc ...more
Oct 07, 2015 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Aug 19, 2016 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mystery was enjoyable but I could have done without the romance. That is my feeling with many mysteries, however. Why mess up a good genre?
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jul 07, 2012 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 06, 2009 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 05, 2015 Wanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-mystery
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
Apr 08, 2008 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maine-mystery
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
Dec 20, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
May 29, 2008 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Oct 16, 2015 Rayrumtum rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A cozy mystery happening on a windjammer off the coast of Maine. This is he first in a series where a former policewoman from Minnesota is on an extended leave and joins this cruise. Alas, the ship gets caught in a nor'easter and seeks refuge in a remote island with a fishing village. Murder ensues. The mystery is nothing out of the ordinary but you read it for the atmosphere and characters.j
Jul 19, 2016 Eileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Held my interest but not suspenseful.

I enjoyed this mystery. I think it could be described as a cozy mystery. It held my interest but I wouldn't call it suspenseful. Early on I had the killer on my short list but had not dividend the motive for the crime. I would read another story by this author.
Sandy Brann
May 05, 2016 Sandy Brann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book .A litttle slow at first but she is getting so much better with each book. read all her books and everyone gets better I read Cold coast by her excellent. also read by her Danger sector and her lat one was the best Apparition Island This series is called the Windjammer Mystery Series...They are great . She is also a Maine writer
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.
Aug 07, 2015 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an unusual setting, a classic "manor house" mystery on a sailing ship. The main character, Brie Beaumont, is a detective on sabbatical, who has her vacation interrupted by murder. I liked the description of the ship, the storm, and the island. I liked the captain. This is the first of a series, and I look forward for the rest.
Sharon Michael
Jun 03, 2013 Sharon Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Wendy Schlegel
It was a very interesting book. I enjoyed the sailing theme. It also kept you guessing as to who the murderer might be. Can't wait for the next in the series. Also I like to read local authors and LeClair lives in the twin cities.
May 02, 2013 Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 06, 2013 Lee Holz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 12, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 .....
Dec 02, 2015 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Rigged for Murder" was a nice break from what I usually read. This book intrigued me, I've always been calmed by water. Jenifer LeClair's descriptive writing made you feel apart of the story. Makes you want to plan a sailing trip, minus the murders of course.
Jul 04, 2015 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I met the author at our local Waterski Days booth and thought I would enjoy this book. I did, however, I thought the writing was a little closer to that of a Young Adult book than an Adult intriguing thought provoking mystery. I did enjoy it as a light read for summer.
Nancy Moody
Aug 07, 2016 Nancy Moody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and enjoyable read!

I enjoyed reading this book--interesting plot, believable characters, and great pace. The sea and weather on an island setting added to the story of the characters portrayed. I would recommend to all.
Sep 17, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-free
3.5 stars. Quite good despite the overly shifting POV. I would enjoy more of the series, as much is very well done.
Jul 02, 2014 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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.
Sep 27, 2011 Raidene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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.
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.
Jul 17, 2013 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Catahoula
  • Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series #1)
  • Eyes of the Predator: The Pickham County Murders
  • The Strategist
  • Sweet Things Dying
  • The Sholes Key (Evans and Blackwell Mystery #1)
  • Mystral Murder (Julie O'Hara Mystery #3)
  • Paradise Falls
  • Black Jasmine (Lei Crime, #3)
  • Stark Warning
  • Seven Seas Mysteries Boxed Set
  • Secrets
  • Mouse
  • Hush
  • A Red, Red Rose
  • An Eye For Danger
  • Reel Trouble (Wild Women of Alaska #1)
  • Reach for the Spy (Never Say Spy, #3)
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
More about Jenifer LeClair...

Other Books in the Series

Windjammer Mystery (4 books)
  • Danger Sector
  • Cold Coast: A Brie Beaumont Mystery Thriller
  • Apparition Island

Share This Book

“He'd obviously spent his college years refining the art of adolescence...” 1 likes
More quotes…