The Bali Mystery (Amelia Moore Detective Series Book 1) by Linda Weaver
Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of Rick Bonito, her sometime partner, her business is flourishing.
When Mrs. Brody hires Amelia and Rick to find her missing brother, they find themselves in Bali, Indonesia. They are mystified why her brother quit his job, put his home up for sale, and ran off to this mysterious and exotic island without telling a soul.
This is a clean cozy mystery that starts off interesting and stays interesting until the end. Mrs. Brody hires Amelia, with the help of Rick, to find out what happened to her brother William. The journey takes them to Bali, and I loved traveling with them via this book. The descriptions of the area made me want to go there myself.
The relationship between Amelia and Rick was cute. They had a bit of fun back and forth banter. For example, when Rick finds out their going to Bali, he tells her he’s taking his swimming trunks and can’t wait to see her in her bikini. She tells him they won’t have time for swimming. He tells her they have to act like tourists so they don’t stand out. So, they did touristy things and even crossed a few things off of Rick’s Bucket List in the process. He also talked Amelia into starting a list of her own.
I liked how Amelia and Rick’s investigation took them from one clue to another, and from one place in Bali to another. The other characters were interesting, especially the men in suits, Williams “friends” from Pakistan. They added some mystery and thrills to the story. They seem to be just following Amelia and Rick, but later they threaten them. Rick ends up teaching Amelia some self defense lessons in case she has to protect herself. I liked the twists and turns throughout the book and wasn’t disappointed at all in the ending.
I listened to the audio version of this book and really enjoyed it. I’m very picky about narrators. Sometimes I have a hard time differentiating one character from another, but that was no problem with narrator Diane Lehman. She really impressed me with the job she did on the voices.
This is the first book in the series, so you won’t have to worry about catching up. I highly recommend it if you’re in the mood for a good clean mystery.