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Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Dawn Daughenbaugh

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars
Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke

Death under Palm Trees is the fourth book in A Jack and Frances Mystery Series by Carmen Radtke. This is a Historical Mystery that once you start reading you won’t want to stop till you’ve finished. I’m a huge fan of Historical Mysteries and this one didn’t disappoint that’s for sure. This author has a way of making you feel as if you are right there with the characters. Jack, Frances and Uncle Sal are supposed to be attending a party where they are the guests of honor but when their help is needed in finding some government documents that have come up missing these three jump into action and even disguise themselves to blend in. What will happen when trying to find the missing document it turns into a murder mystery? I highly recommend reading this to find out what happens next. I can’t wait to read more from this Author.

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Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Katie Kearney

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Death under Palm Trees: A Jack and Frances 1930s mystery (Jack and Frances mysteries Book 4) by Carmen Radtke. Okay this one was a bit outside my comfort zone but I’m so glad I took the leap. I’m a fan of a book that keeps me guessing and on my toes. This book definitely didn’t disappoint in either of those areas. From page one I was drawn in and completely hooked. Each character is unique and I liked spending time with this set of characters. It’s a well written mystery that definitely had me turning pages as fast as possible to see what would be happening next. It’s well written and paced nicely never feeling rushed or lacking. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to see where this author takes readers next. Four big stars!

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Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Heather Goodman

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great book. The main character Frances is so adorable. It keeps your interest in a who dunnit scenario. It kind of reminded me of the game clue. I was pleasantly surprised at the ending.

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Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Desiree Ottinger

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such a fun who-done-it mystery! While I was reading, I felt like I was actually watching a PBS/BBC period show that was set in the 1930s. Frances, Jack and Uncle Sal were supposed to be having a wonderful New Year’s celebration with Frances’ Aunt Mildred. Instead, they end up having to help solve a mystery at her house where classified papers have gone missing. Frances and Jack sign up to be “the help” while they investigate who could have done it. However, during their investigation, the crime ups to murder which puts them on a shorter timeline to solve the mystery. Can they find the papers and uncover who the murderer is before all the guests leave?

I really enjoyed the depth of the characters, the different locations they visited, and how they all worked together to develop a trap in which to catch the killer/thief. The dialogue between the characters was well thought out and drew me in to how their minds were working to solve the mystery. In the end, I was surprised who it was, but looking back it made sense!

This was a very well written book that kept my interest until the very end!

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Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Stephanie Nicole

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke was the first book I have read in this series but I will definitely be reading the others very soon! Ms. Radtke gives us such vivid descriptions that it makes her readers feel like they are smack dab in the middle of her story. Filled with suspects, theft, murder, twists and turns, and a plot just crazy enough to keep me guessing until the very end. Ms. Radtke not only gives us a curious plot, and vivid descriptions but she also gives us phenomenal characters in Jack, Frances and Uncle Sal. So if your looking for a great weekend read I highly recommend Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke.

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Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Sheri Schrader

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Death Under the Palm Trees: A Jack and Frances 1930s mystery by Carmen Radtke is the fourth book in the Jack and Frances Mysteries series. This is the first book I have read in this series, but I enjoyed it despite not having read the previous books. The book is a delightful cozy mystery set in 1930s Nice, France. It had the feel of classic mysteries written by Agatha Christie and others. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. The setting was luxurious and glamourous but with some less than honorable people. I liked the twists in the story and how Jack and Frances interact with each other. The dialogue is witty and clever. I will now read the previous books in this series and look forward to more from this author.

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Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Jennifer Gordon

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this historical cozy mystery novel which had me hooked from page one. Although book four in the ‘A Jack and Frances mysteries’ series, this was the first book I had read and I was able to read it happily as a standalone story. However, I enjoyed it so much that I am now keen to read the previous books as well. Set in Nice, in the French Riviera during 1931, the setting and the era of the Golden Age is wonderfully bought to life by the authors descriptive narrative. The main characters, fiancé’s Jack and Frances and her Uncle Sal are all intriguing characters in their own right and all bring something unique to the story. Instead of being guests of honour at a glitzy New Year’s Eve party as planned, Frances has to swap her evening gown for a maids uniform and Jack poses as a chauffeur, when the hostess needs their discreet help. They then have to work together in solving a theft of some important government documents. Meanwhile Uncle Sal, brings out his ‘Salvatore the Magnificent’ act to keep the guests entertained.
It’s difficult for Jack and Frances to investigate all the suspects as the guests are all enjoying the glamorous setting and nights at the casinos. Then just when they think they have solved the theft a death occurs, under the palm trees. As the pair realise they are now looking for a murderer they must act quickly to prevent the killer striking again. The storyline is enjoyable and the plot has plenty of twists and turns in it, that kept me guessing until the end. I fell in love with the three main characters and found them all very likeable. I felt engaged with them as I followed them in their journey looking for clues and solving the mystery. I look forward to reading future books in this series and am happy to have discovered a new author in Carmen Radtke.

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Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Death under Palm Trees is the 4th book in the Jack and Frances mystery series by Carmen Radtke. It is the first I have read by this author (and the series) and it wasn’t for me. The book was well written, and had a good story line, but I just couldn’t get into it. I struggled to finish the book, and mainly did so, because I wanted to know who the spy was. There were too many characters for me to develop strong feelings about them. Jack, Frances and Uncle Sal are the main characters, and I liked them- but all the people in the house were hard for me to keep straight. I didn’t feel like it grabbed me as much as it should have, being a murder mystery. I did like the old feeling- you could tell it took place in the 30s, and I liked the references to pre war. While this book can be read as a stand alone, I suggest reading the others in the series first. Based on the other reviews, I feel like that would have given me a stronger feeling for them. I did like that the mystery remained until the very end, it wasn’t a book you figured out right from the get go.

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Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Katie Matthews

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

After reading the second book in this series I was really looking forward to reading more from this series and I wasn’t disappointed at all – it was such a brilliant read – I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The authors descriptive language was amazing – I really could imagine exactly what I was reading – such vivid detail! I love the characters; they are just so easy to read about and I loved being on this journey with them and because of the authors attention to detail as mentioned before I definitely felt like I was on that journey with them at times. I really like the time setting for this series – so interesting to read about. There were some really good twists and turns to the story too that kept me on the edge of my seat and the pages turning. I can’t wait to read more from this author in the future.

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Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Angela Shirley

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jack and Frances are out on another adventure and will they get to the bottom and find out the mystery and stop the documents going public or will they fail you.

Its New years and they are invited to the party of the year but when there hosts asks for there help will they be able to solve the mystery in time.

This is the first book I have read by this author and loved every word written, the main characters interact brilliantly with each and I have a soft spot for Uncle Sal. The whole story flows brilliantly and has you working with the characters to try and solve the mystery and who is the overall responsible and the twists and turns kept me interested with the story.

If you are a fan of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers then you will enjoy the writing within this story, the setting of the 1930’s has its own special charm and adds to the whole intrigue in the story and recommend this story, I can’t wait to read more stories by this author in the future.