Even though our way of life has changed forever, nothing beats escaping into the pages of a good book, especially a cozy mystery. As a young teenager, I read every one of Agatha Christie’s 66 crime novels which has influenced the first instalment of my Diana Daniels mysteries, Evil on the High Seas, Murder, Mystery and Dry Martinis.

A cast of quirky characters, strange happenings and secret rendezvous combine with the Galapagos Islands’ mysterious history until the past and present collide in this new genre I’ve named, cocktail mysteries.

When Diana Daniels, a smart, sassy, fifty-something woman promises to scatter her husband’s ashes in the Galapagos Islands, she gets more than a relaxing cruise. With her rare insight into human behaviour and highly developed sixth sense, she becomes embroiled in a mafia family drama, five-million-dollars-worth of missing jewellery and the disappearance—or is it murder—of the mysterious woman in white. But without a body, her theory is impossible to prove. With multiple suspects and only a couple of days until debarkation, will Diana find the jewellery, the body, the author of the anonymous letters, and the murderer, who’s still on board? Compelled to forge a new single life for herself, Diana boldly steps up and solves the mystery of evil on the high seas.

Available in paperback and e-book at all good retailers. See if you can solve this classic who-dunnit in the style of Agatha Christie.

Insight … When things get you down, lose yourself in a good book.