Lost Luggage (Cyd Redondo Mysteries) (Large Print / Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the Cyd Redondo Mysteries series.

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Macavity Award 2018 nominee, Best First Novel

Left Award 2018 nominee, Best Debut Mystery Novel

"Thomas makes a rollicking debut with this comic mystery featuring an unconventional protagonist who proves to have the skills of MacGyver. With its sexy overtones, this fun, character-driven novel will appeal to Janet Evanovich fans." —Library Journal STARRED review

Cyd Redondo, a young, third-generation Brooklyn travel agent who specializes in senior citizens, has never ventured farther than New Jersey. Yet even Jersey proves risky when her Travel Agents' Convention fling, Roger Claymore, leaves her weak in the knees-and everywhere else-then sneaks out of her Atlantic City hotel room at three a.m.

Back in Brooklyn, when she reads about smugglers stopped at JFK with skinks in their socks or monkeys down their pants, she never imagines she will join their ranks. But days after the pet store owner next door to Redondo Travel is poisoned, Cyd wins a free safari. Her boss, Uncle Ray, wants to cash it in for computers, but Cyd is determined to go. When Roger turns up at the Redondo clan's door, Cyd invites him along as her "plus one." And just like that she is thrown heels-first into the bizarre and sinister world of international animal smuggling.

She and Roger arrive in Africa, luggage lost, to find two of Cyd's elderly clients in a local jail. She manages to barter them out, only to discover smugglers have hidden five hundred thousand dollars' worth of endangered parrots, snakes, frogs, and a lone Madagascan chameleon in the clients' outbound luggage. When Roger steals the bags—is the U.S. Embassy in on the contraband ring?—Cyd and the chameleon helicopter into the jungle to go after Roger on their own.

Wondering if "plus one" Roger is actually a minus, Cyd dodges Interpol, faces off with a cobra, steals a diplomatic bag, hijacks a FedEx truck, crashes an eco-safari, winds up in a leopard trap, and is forced to smuggle snakes in her bra. It's a scramble to find the smugglers, save her clients, and solve Mrs. Barsky's murder before finding herself at the top of the endangered species list.

About the Author


Wendall Thomas teaches in the Graduate Film School at UCLA, lectures internationally on screenwriting, and has worked as an entertainment reporter, script consultant, and film and television writer. Her novel Lost Luggage was nominated for the Lefty and Macavity awards for Best Debut Mystery.

Praise For…


"Thomas makes a rollicking debut with this comic mystery featuring an unconventional protagonist who proves to have the skills of MacGyver. With its sexy overtones, this fun, character-driven novel will appeal to Janet Evanovich fans." — Library Journal STARRED Review

"Thomas packs a whole franchise's worth of adventures into her heroine's debut..." — Kirkus Reviews

"Laugh-out-loud funny and enchantingly ridiculous...highly entertaining..." — Jessica Howard, Shelf Awareness

"A breath of fresh air in a world gone mad...my vote for one of the best new characters in mystery/crime." — The Reading Room

"I've been waiting for years to find a successor to Janet Evanovich, and I've finally found one." — Kittling Books
Product Details
ISBN: 9781464208911
ISBN-10: 1464208913
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Cyd Redondo Mysteries