This book needs a damned good edit and an editor who can say, "NO. Just no. The heroine CANNOT be kidnapped, quell a typhoid epidemic, jump ship AND be ship wrecked and then be set upon by pirates, all in the space of 50 pages." "And if you even think about floating that serial killing priest nonsense to me again.... I swear....one of us is fired". Poor editor. Seems she lost both the the battle and the war.
It's clear from the deteriorating quality of the successive books that the editor won Round (Book) 1 and has been losing ground ever since. The clear, relentless and absurd unlikeliness of their plots and their tendency to ramble between the sex bits indicates that the writer is winning and the editor is on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean, dreamily contemplating her writer's next outrage against good, clear writing......whilst Jamie sucks languidly on her toes.