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Drowned Under

(Cyd Redondo #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Eggnog notwithstanding, travel agent Cyd Redondo is not looking forward to the holidays. The borough of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn - along with most of her family - holds her responsible for her landing Uncle Ray in a minimum security prison.

So, when Cyd's ex-husband, Barry Manzoni, announces his parents have disappeared from an Australian cruise, she rushes Down Under to enlist
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Poisoned Pen Press
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Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for an advanced copy of Drowned Under in exchange for an honest review. I recently read Lost Luggage, the first book in the Cyd Redondo series, and it did not appeal to me. I did not like its frenzied slapstick humour, its over-the-top, frantic action scenes, and found Cyd to be ditsy, unfocused, and an incompetent travel agent. I am happy to say that this second novel was more enjoyable and a positive improvement over the first, which was set in Africa ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Review: I am wondering how anyone can find this novel (tripe) entertaining. In the author’s attempt at being glib and funny, the pages are peckered with this constant stream of internal dialogue that is supposed to encompass every scene with commentary in the form of witticisms. Add in how hot she thinks she is and how every guy wants a piece of her middle aged flesh and you have pure literary drivel. What really detracted from the overall story line was the focus on all of Cyd’s accessories. Fr ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, mystery
It’s the week before Christmas, and Cyd is dreading the upcoming holiday filled with rumors, whispers, and awkward family moments. Then Barry Manzoni comes to her for help. Barry is a childhood friend and Cyd’s ex-husband. His parents are on an Australian cruise, and they vanished part way through. Even though they didn’t book with Redondo Travel, Cyd still begins to use her contacts to see what she can learn. In fact, she uses one of those contacts to get herself booked on the next cruise their ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been eagerly awaiting and anticipating Wendall Thomas' second Cyd Redondo mystery, Drowned Under. The phrase good things come to those who wait is perfect to describe my reward for waiting for this thrilling new tale of the travel agent who is willing to go the extra 10,000 miles for her clients, from Brooklyn to Tasmania. It's hard to believe that murder can be as much fun as this series is, but with the witty dialogue and the mishaps that Cyd experiences, laughter is a large part of enj ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
This was a quirky mystery that takes place on an Australian cruise ship at Christmas time. I thought the cover was cute when I saw it on netgalley, and I'm glad I got a chance to read it. The main character Cyd is a travel agent. At first I wasn't sure about her - she spends a LOT of time talking about her designer stuff - especially her purse and shoes. But she was light-hearted and fit the story. I liked the glimpses of Tasmania, and I thought the mystery, as well as the mysterious circumstanc ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the 'Cyd Redondo Mystery' series and I was not disappointed! It was a fast-paced story with plenty of twists that kept Cyd on her toes as she tried to uncover exactly what was happening.

There was a strong comedy element that kept me laughing, although some events and Cyd herself kept me grounded. The characters were a little bizarre but that made them a perfect fit for this madcap story. I enjoyed the setting of the story – this book was mostly set off the coast of Au
Susan Johnston
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here: Sometimes I like my mysteries to have a patina of reality about them. I either want the characters or the events to resemble life as we know it. Other times, I truly enjoy the ones that go over the top with wild and crazy characters and unbelievable plots. It is seldom I find one that manages to skirt both and to do it effectively. This one did.
Our heroine is asked by her ex to find his parents who have disappeared from a cruise ship in Australia. As a travel agent she
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Drowned Under by Wendall Thomas is the 2nd book in the Cyd Redondo Mystery series, and my first book by this author. I really enjoyed this book, and looking forward to going back and reading the first book in the series, Lost Luggage. Once I started reading this book I couldn't stop, I was thinking how can this all possibly work out? Cyd is a travel agent, with a very colorful family. Cyd agrees to take a complimentary Australian cruise to search for her ex in-laws. When she arrives her friend i ...more
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Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Drowned Under” by Wendall Thomas is the second in the “Cyd Redondo Mystery” series. New readers will find that Cyd shares all the needed background information right as she goes along. Things always begin with her introduction “Hello. Cyd Redondo, Redondo Travel.”

Cyd’s first person narrative begins in December when ex-husband, Barry Manzoni asks her to find his parents. Her former in-laws took a cruise to Australia and are missing. On a happier note, they did win the shipboard a dance competiti
Grace Koshida
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cyd Redondo is not looking forward to the Christmas holidays since she is persona non grata with her family and the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn residents for her last adventure that led to her Uncle Ray going to prison. Then Cyd's ex-husband Barry asks for her help. His parents have vanished from an Australian cruise. With the help of her friend Harriet Archer, Cyd gets a free cabin aboard the Tasmanian Dream and makes the long distance trip. After missing the ship, Cyd hitches a helicopter ride and mak ...more
Cathy Cole
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once again, Wendall Thomas has crafted a laugh-out-loud funny mystery that will have readers learning things along the way. There always seems to be a wildlife angle for Cyd-- by the way I liked finding out what happened to Barry the chameleon from Lost Luggage-- and this time it involves her former teacher, Sister Ellery Magdalene Malcomb, in addition to an international fugitive with more wigs and costume changes than a Las Vegas showgirl, and a Tasmanian Tiger. Never heard of a Tasmanian Tige ...more
Libby Mckinmer
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s holiday time, and travel agent Cyd Redondo is not looking forward to it at all. Her community of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn believes she helped land her uncle in a minimum-security prison…and that doesn’t exactly help with family relationships either. So, when the opportunity to go on a cruise in Australia to help locate her missing ex in-laws the Mazonis, she jumps at the chance.

Travel complications mean a dramatic arrival on the cruise ship Tasmanian Dream.
Once aboard, she discovers her friend
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
What do you do when you dread Christmas - for a whole lot of reasons. Cyd wants to be anyplace for the holiday and, when her ex shows up asking for her help finding his missing parents, the answer drops into Cyd's lap. They have gone missing while on a cruise in Australia and since Cyd is a travel agent, she is ready to go find them. She had no plans to miss the ship, having to board said ship via helicopter and stumble upon a murder. All that follows is pure madcap.
If you are a fan of slap stic
Brooklyn travel agent Cyd Redondo and Barry Manzoni were friends forever, until they impulsively got married. That didn't last, but Barry still turns to Cyd when his parents disappear from their Australian cruise. So Cyd finds herself missing her family Christmas and flying to Australia to meet her friend, in charge of customer relations for the cruise line. Unfortunately, Harriet is dead when Cyd gets there. Could the questions she was asking about the Manzonis have caused her death? Is the han ...more
James Ziskin
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The passenger list in Wendall Thomas’s DROWNED UNDER is a cavalcade of randy former nuns, gigolos, stowaways, and near-extinct marsupials. And one brilliantly sexy disaster of a globetrotting travel agent named Cyd Redondo. Thanks to her wildly creative mind, the fruits of which produce frequent affronts to her dignity, Cyd is easily one of my favorite amateur sleuths in crime fiction today. Thomas’s writing flows effortlessly, and her plotting is complex but perfectly tied together. This is a r ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, fiction-mystery
This was fun, just like the first. However, this one left way too many plot threads dangling... and not in a “there will be a sequel” kind of way. The end, with the overly swift wrap up (and the Elliot Ness thread addressed like an afterthought), was disappointing and abrupt. It felt like the author was tired of writing and gathered together the major plot threads and stuffed them in the can. The many questions this resulted in didn’t feel like a cliffhanger, but more like filler along the way t ...more
Kathleen Gray
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first Cyd Redondo novel but even then I thought it was a bit over the top. Unfortunately, this time out, I found it less amusing and more annoying. Cyd is meant to be a madcap amateur detective/travel agent/advocate for the elderly. She's off to Australia to find her ex's parents but finds her buddy Harriet has been murdered. Once again, an endangered species- this time the Tasmansian tiger- figures in the plot. I wanted so much to like this but it was just exhausting. Thanks to th ...more
Barbara Tobey
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a light, humorous, entertaining tale. A wonderful few hours of escapism on a cruise. Obviously not everyone's idea of a good time, but definitely mine. A fun adventure away from reality. Kind of reminds me of Stephanie Plum and her crazy antics. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
What a great discovery, this was the first book I read in this series and very glad I requested it.
It's an entertaining and fun read, full of quirky and likable characters and and enjoyable plot.
The mystery is fast paced and it keeps you guessing till the end.
I look forward to reading other installment in this series.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to Poisoned Pen Press for this ARC
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This is an amusing Stephanie Plum-esque little series.
Brian Williams
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and Netgalley for giving me a review copy of this eBook. The comments below are my own.

What would you do if you learned that your former mother-in-law and father-in-law are missing from a cruise ship off the Australian coast? If you are Cyd Redondo of Brooklyn's Redondo Travel you'd drop everything and head to the ship to investigate. That's the premise of this lively tale. The action begins when Cyd makes a spectacular, but humiliating, entrance to the cruise ship b
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Cyd is an awesome character, I would go traveling with her anytime and learned some great travel tips for cruising from this story. Speaking of the story, it was nonstop and definitely thrill packed. Plus her heart couldn’t be any bigger, super family member, friend, and animal lover all wrapped into one classy lady. I was certainly glad to see that there was a little romance on the high seas as well as a little murder and mayhem. I will definitely go back and read the first book so ...more
K.A. Davis
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
DROWNED UNDER is the second book in the Cyd Redondo Mystery series by Wendall Thomas and is another zany, edge-of-your-seat read! Travel agent extraordinaire, Cyd Redondo, escapes from Brooklyn just before Christmas and jets to Australia. She’s on the hunt to find her awful ex-in-laws, who seem to be missing from their cruise ship after her ex-husband begs her to locate them. She’s also trying to escape the wrath of her family and community for landing her uncle and cousin in prison. Ms. Thomas ...more
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Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to net galley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book it was a great experience

Eggnog notwithstanding, travel agent Cyd Redondo is not looking forward to the holidays. The borough of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn—along with most of her family—holds her responsible for landing her Uncle Ray in a minimum security prison.
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