Saturday, May 14, 2016

Murder Haunts a Luxury Spa

Paulina Langenberg, owner of the Langenberg cosmetics company, is worried that someone is trying to sabotage her luxury spa by planting stories that the mineral water used in the spa is radioactive. She invites her good friend Charlotte Graham, a famous actress, to spend a week at the spa and try to figure out who is responsible for planting the story. Charlotte agrees to go. After all how can she go wrong with a fully paid week at Paulina's spa. However, when guests begin turning up dead in the mineral baths, she gets more than she bargained for.

This is an amusing mystery if you enjoy luxurious settings. I found the early chapters of the book very slow. The description of spa life was interesting up to a point, but then it became repetitive. After the middle of the book the pace picked up. The murders were rather clever and the book ends with a twist.

Charlotte is a good character. I enjoyed her observations on life and her fellow spa goers. Paulina is a rather overblown tyrant. However, she has a soft side, and it was amusing to watch her maneuver people to get her own way.

If you enjoy mysteries with little violence and a moderate amount of sleuthing, you may enjoy this book. However, the slow pace and excessive description keep me from recommending it highly.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.