When Diega DelValle and three of her friends go on an impromptu vacation in Talkeetna, Alaska, Diega envisions an enjoyable summer break from teaching along with time to heal from a break-up.
However, even before the friends arrive, this small town on the edge of Denali National Park becomes a less than idyllic vacation spot. Gail, a Talkeetna native, dies on the mountain. Melissa, Gail's cousin and a former student of Diega's, arrives in Talkeetna and raises doubts about the death being accidental.
Due to Melissa's pleas for help, Diega and her friends are thrust into an investigation of a small town and its inhabitants-an unsavory pastime that turns deadly. (Summary via Goodreads)
Vacations Can Be Murder is book three in the Diega DelValle mystery series. I had the pleasure of reading book two and loved it. I loved this one even more. The author does a fantastic job of her mysteries with many pieces to solve. I enjoyed how the characters have developed throughout these books. This is not an easy one to solve! I love the bread crumbs to try and solve it. You never know who to trust.
In this book the friends are on vacation together in Alaska. Diega and her friends run into someone they haven't seen in quite some time. And just so happens mysterious deaths have occurred. Coincidence??? They end up in the middle of another investigation even though they had sworn off any more. See how long that lasted. LOL Everything changes when the person who is trying to prove murder is murdered themselves. YIKES! All bets are off. Everyone pitches in to try and overcome the adversity of the incompetent police force as well as the small town thinking about homophobia. The women are a force to be reckoned with especially when they work together as a team.
One last thing, the author did an amazing job of describing the scenic wilderness and wildlife of Alaska as well as the people.
Review by Penny M.