Genevieve Masefield and George Porter Dillman make a living anonymously, cruising the seven seas aboard the early twentieth century's most extravagant sailing vessels as ship's detectives. In this line of work they've experienced more than their share of humanity. Along with the members of first class in all their finery, the card cheats and pickpockets plying their trade, the lascivious crew members and elderly cruise matrons that normally populate the voyages George and Genevieve work on, the Salsette boasts a group of travelers whose lives are set to intersect in ways none of them could have foreseen on dry land.
There are a pair of British men, traveling independently, who clearly know each other from another place and time; though each tries to hide it, there is no love lost between them. There's an elderly Indian man whose powers of deduction may be based on more earthly techniques than the mystical energy he claims to possess. Not to mention a young woman and her wheelchair-bound mother traveling on their own, determined to make new friends, who seemingly find their way smack into the middle of every bit of trouble aboard the Salsette-including murder.
George and Genevieve know that nothing in the cloying, claustrophobic confines of an ocean liner is as straightforward as it seems, and as the ship inches toward port the relationships between all of these people, both those in plain sight and some hidden from view, will be revealed. But will the exposure of the intricate web of deceit that's covered the Salsette lead George and Genevieve to the killer? Readers of Conrad Allen's sparkling ocean liner mysteries know that nothing stops this intrepid pair of shipboard detectives, and their newest adventure is sure to delight.
I chanced on this book on a USB clearance rack for $2 -- WELL WORTH the investment. I loved the look into this time period (set in 1909) and the view of the world then held. Now I am on the hunt for the rest of the series.
Another good addition to this very enjoyable series. Lots of twists, turns and surprises.
This is a nice easy reading series
This is the sixth episode of the Shipboard Mystery series
It is May 1909.
George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield have been married a couple of months but for work purposes they continue they pretend that they are business partners only. They are undercover detectives for the passenger ships that carried people across the oceans. No longer working just the transatlantic routes of the Cunard Line, the pair are once again on a P & O ship, this time the Salsette which makes four day runs between Aden and Bombay.
The wealth of the First and Second class passengers on these voyages has attracted thieves who attempt to divert some of it into their own pockets by various means. George and Genevieve have become quite adept at spotting card sharks, pickpockets, con artists and common thieves, they have even solved an astonishing numbers of murders. This trip proves to be no exception as they meet the usual cast of suspects, the over eager steward, the colonial colonel and his arrogant wife, an Indian mystic, a blowhard politician and his bullied family and others familiar characters from various books and films.
of course, a murder will occur, an innocent person will be accused and our heroes will triumph before the ship arrives at its destination are foregone conclusions. As always with the cozy genre the true attraction is the ongoing backstory between George and Genevieve.