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Shore Excursion

(Sidney Marsh Mysteries #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Travel agents may be a vanishing breed, but Sidney Marsh, a New York transplant from Mississippi, is holding her ground--at least on land. She is the tour leader on a cruise through Scandinavia to Russia for a group of eccentric senior citizens who call themselves the High Steppers. Sidney expects her days to be filled with long meals, shopping expeditions and visits to mu ...more
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Published 2012 by Camel Press
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☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Great start

I found this to be a fun book. It kept my interest throughout the book. Sidney and Jay are quite fun together and there bangers were like they were relatives instead of co-workers. I'm sure Sidney wasn't expecting all the drama and death in this excursion but she did try her best to play Nancy Drew. She wasn't very good at it and ended up in the most craziest dilemmas. Can't wait to see what happens in the next excursion.
Dianne Ascroft
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’ve just finished reading 'Shore Excursion' by Marie Moore and its humour and drama are still fresh in my mind. I put it at the top of my reading pile because I was asked to review it but it wasn’t hard to keep reading once I started as it’s a very entertaining book.

'Shore Excursion' is the first book in a new mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Sidney Marsh. The story follows Sidney, a Mississippi girl living in New York, who is the tour leader on a cruise through Scandinavia and Russia f
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Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shore Excursion by Marie Moore is what would have happened if Nancy Drew had decided to become a travel agent. When Sidney Marsh set out as tour leader on a cruise, she had no idea what she was actually going to stumble across. When one of her High Steppers, the group she is leading on vacation, is obviously a victim of murder, Sidney is forced to take find out what really happened. The captain, the on-board doctor, and the whole cruise line refuse to acknowledge foul play, and write it off as s ...more
Wendy Hines
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Moore does a superb job of luring the reader to cruise ship and her eccentric cast of characters. Sidney is a likable yet quirky heroine who I quickly came to love. From the men vying for her attentions to not knowing who would end up dead next, Moore leads us on a merry chase happily trying to figure out whodunnit, yet wanting to jump ship. Graced with humor, a striking cast of characters, masterful deception and really good writing, I can't wait for the next in this appealing new series! ...more
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sidney Marsh left Mississippi for the Big Apple and has never looked back. She spends her time as a travel agent and a lot of her travel agent time is spent shepherding tours throughout the world. Sidney's specialty is acting as the tour specialist for senior citizens tours; specifically the High Steppers. She has been on several tours with this group of friends.

This trip they are headed to the northern European countries; Denmark, Sweden, Russia. But someone else has boarded the cruise ship and
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Native Mississippian, Sidney Marsh, is part of a vanishing breed – a travel agent living in New York. Most people book their trips online, but Sidney is determined to prove that that the more traditional travel agent is still necessary. Her latest assignment is to escort a group of eccentric senior citizens, known as the “High Steppers” on a cruise through Scandinavia. Sidney envisions a peaceful trip filled with museums, tours and shopping but what she ends up with is dead bodies turning up all ...more
Lenore Webb
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Marie Moore has written Shore Excursion which combines both my desire for a cruise in with my love of a mystery. See she already has me as a captive audience. Yesterday I had to take Granny M to the eye doctor. Now that is a tale to tell in itself. But it did give me a lil more time to finish the last of Marie's book. Sitting in the car with the sun beaming down on me was wonderful. I could just feel the warmth and imagine what it would be like at sea. Of course if I had to be on the cruise that ...more
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a fun cozy mystery to read and you got to learn a little about a lot of foreign places on the way. You know how when you first start to read a book you begin to picture the characters in your head? For some reason, I was never able to do this with Sydney. She didn't seem to be hung up on her looks at all, but seemed to get her share of attention from the opposite sex and evidently cleaned up nicely. I just could never get a picture of her in my head!

At first there were a lot of charact
Jackie Miller
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I haven't read a good mystery in awhile and this was a nice, entertaining read. I was left guessing throughout most of the book as to who the culprit was. I was pretty much dead wrong once everything was revealed. There were a lot of twists and turns along the way.

Sidney Marsh is the lovely protagonist in the book and she is a likeable character aside from her poor decision-making skills when it comes to men :) But we've all been there, right? She's a travel agent for the High Steppers who are a
Carol Evans
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, mystery
I enjoyed this quick read. Sidney’s a good character, persistent,intelligent for the most part, and she truly enjoys her job. I also like that the need for her amateur investigation makes sense. The cruise company doesn’t want to deal with the murder, so they label it suicide and go one with routine. Sidney knows that’s not the case and can’t relax and just let it go. She has to find out the truth. She feels like she owes it to the dead woman and needs to keep the other members of her party safe ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sidney Marsh thought when she went on another High Stepper cruise for the travel agency she works, Itchy Feet Travel, it would be a piece of cake. Didn't happen. The High Steppers are a group of geriatric men and women who have nothing better to do than take cruises, so this was not the first cruise for Sidney and her co worker Jay with this group of people. Weird happenings, dead bodies that even the captain and crew are not too concerned with. Sidney feels different and starts an investigation ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
This book rocks, it's full of mystery when High Steppers begin to die mysteriously and the ships Captain keeps trying to cover it up. It's up Sidney to find out what is going on. It involves a mysterious red bag, people who aren't who they claim to be and High Steppers getting in the way. This book was fabulous I loved how every time Sidney tried to figure it out another clue was thrown out there. Like the mysterious homeless man in NY who winds up on one of the Shore Excursions. How the Doctor ...more
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Marie Moore created some fascinating characters in this book, and I have no idea how she kept up with them all, but I adored every one of them. I even felt terrible with the characters that were killed — the whole time I was rooting for Sidney to solve the mystery so we could have some closure.
I look forward to reading the next Sidney Marsh mystery from Marie Moore. If you love mysteries and want to take a ride on a cruise ship (not literally of course) to s
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shore Excursion is the debut mystery novel by Marie Moore. It is the first book in the series starring Sidney Marsh, a 26 year old Travel Agent for Itchy Feet Travel. She gets to travel all over the world with a senior citizen group called the High Steppers. They are a colorful cast of characters ranging from the eloquently reserved to loud and boisterous. Joined by her fun-loving business partner and best friend, Jay, they lead the group on an exciting cruise from Scandinavia to Russia. What Si ...more
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
High drama on the high seas, not as cheesy as that makes it seem. A strong cozy mystery plot complete with twists. A diverse cast of characters makes this a fun and fast read. The travel agent/cruise ship/murder tale description can be obtained from Amazon's trailer, so I won't take your time with that. The travel agent tips and vignettes were interesting and limited enough so as not to distract, but to educate. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and look forward to the next Sidney Lanier Marsh ...more
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a delightful little mystery that will amuse most lovers of the cozy mystery genre and of Agatha Christie’s stories.
What I especially enjoyed about the book was that the murders take place above a cruise ship, which means that there is only a set amount of people who could be the culprits. I’ve always enjoyed mysteries like that. Although this one is not quite up to Christie’s cleverness, it did remind me a bit of Murder on the Orient Express. Something else that made it an interesting r
Joan Bowman
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cruising May not be good for your health.

A pleasant mystery with interesting characters, a little history/sightseeing thrown in, and a smart heroine. Sidney Lanier Marsh, a travel guide, and her cohort, Jay, find themselves as tour guides for the Highsteppers. This group of retirees proves to be as hard to keep up with as a herd of cats! Murders, muggings, and a handsome Greek ship's captain keep things moving. I will buy #2 when it becomes available.
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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As a former travel agent, I have to say Marie Moore knew her stuff and made the setting just perfect as if we were on that very cruise ship. An enjoyable mystery read that I believe will appeal to others who like a good mystery. And just like a good mystery/thriller, there’s a twist in the plot that will keep you guessing until the end.
Britt, Book Habitue
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it
*Copy received for review through Tribute Books*

This has the makings of a really great mystery, but it wasn't quite there. Needed tightening up, better editing, etc. Maybe just wasn't quite ready to be published?

A really fun heroine, though, so hopefully future books will be tighter and cleaner (editing/writing-wise).
Beverly Mccollum
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I chose this debut novel because - while visiting our daughter in Mississippi- I read a profile of this new author in the local paper. As a cruiser I was curious. It's a very quick and easy read with enough twists to make the mystery worthwhile. I would recommend it. Lots of humor - with a large dash of " southern"! ...more
J&B Reviews
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple yet effective 'whodunit'

Pretty good mystery with colorful characters and a nice twist at the ending. I particularly like the use of a cruise and its ship as a backdrop.
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, ebook
Excellent beginning but bogged down a bit in the middle. Nice wrap-up at end. Surprised by who the killer turned out 2B.
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
very good
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Pleasant reading. Those who like "people solvers" will appreciate this. I liked the "senior citizen" angle. ©2011 TTS-enabled eBook. ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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Good first novel with well drawn characters and dialogue. The plot was a bit thin and convoluted in spots but overall it was enjoyable.
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Shore Excursion is Marie Moore’s first novel, but not her first writing experience, and like Sidney Marsh, she is a native Mississippian. She graduated from Ole Miss, married a lawyer in her hometown, taught junior high science, raised a family, and worked for a small weekly newspaper, first as a writer and later as Managing Editor. She wrote hard news, features and a weekly column, sold ads, did ...more

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