Nice first book in a series with an interesting premise. The death of a nosy reporter, the theft of a rare instrument and a race across the Atlantic keep ship detective George Porter Dillman busy navigating the secrets and foibles of passengers on the Lusitania's maiden voyage. Looking forward to the rest of the series - nice historic detail, well plotted, interesting characters.
This is an entertaining mystery beginning in September, 1907 when the Lusitania sails her maiden voyage to New York. The hero is an American, George Porter Dillman. He is a detective who investigates professional gamblers and thieves. Traveling by train from Euston to Liverpool, Lime Street, Dillman senses that something is off kilter. Fascinated by by Violet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rymer he wonders what is going on. Violet is sad and listless which seems unlikely on an exciting trip on this new ship embarking on its first voyage. A journalist named Henry Barcroft annoys both passengers and crew. And the plot thickens when there is a murde. Dillman must uncover both the murderer and his/her motive. Good read indeed.
This is the first book in the George Porter Dillman/Genevieve Masefield mysteries. All are set on board cruise ships from just before the war, as they are the undercover ship detectives. The ships blueprints are stolen and murder and mayhem ensue. I love this whole series of books and would recommend them if you like cozies.