"Delightful historical mystery"
In 1908, the Cariona's purser informs Cunard Line
detectives Genevieve Masefield and George Dillman that
rumors of illegal drug smuggling exist. Also two Scotland
Yard police officers escort two murderers on board to
return them to England. Outside of that, George and
Genevieve need to do their usual observations to insure no
cons or stealing occur. This is a simple task for the two
undercover sleuths as there are only two thousand plus
passengers sailing from New York to Liverpool.
As Genevieve and George "patrol" separately except at night
when they share a cabin, someone steals jewelry from a
passenger. They begin to investigate the theft, when
someone murders one of the British coppers. Meanwhile
Genevieve tries to get the female prisoner Carrie Peterson
to confess that she poisoned the wife of her lover and the
duo tries to stop drug smugglers tainting the reputation of
this glorious liner. As when they sailed on the Lusitania,
Mauretania, and Minnesota, Genevieve and George work
several cases at the same time to insure the safety of the
law-abiding people traveling by sea.
The fourth sea voyage starring Dillman and Masefield is a
delightful historical mystery that showcases the period as
much as the lead detectives are. The era comes across in
full detail, but the load of data is cleverly interwoven
into taut story line even with several subplots on going at
the same time that smoothly merges into a taut tale that
readers will want to go on this sea cruise.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 14, 2002