A whodunit in the Agatha Christie tradition - clever,cozy and chock full of charm.
This was my first Carolyn Hart novel and I really enjoyed it. So much so that I read it all in one day, much to the chagrin of my household chores and family. An old friend of Henrie O's is sure one of her step-children is trying to kill his wife because she is in charge of thier inheritance and may keep their money from them for another 10 years. He asks Henrie O to come along on a Baltic cruise to try and find out which of them may want to commit murder. If you have ever cruised, you will be able to relate to the setting of the cruise ship. For anyone who is a cozy aficionado, this book is well worth the read. Having sailed on an ocean voyage will make it even better!
Retired newswoman Henrie O Collins sails on a two-week Baltic cruise to help out an old friend and former boyfriend, James Lennox, who is concerned that someone is trying to kill his wife, documentary filmmaker Sophia Montgomery. James believes that there have already been two attempts on Sophia's life, and he suspects that one of her second husband's children is out to kill her because she controls when they will receive their inheritance. The whole family is required to go on the cruise, during which Sophia will announce her decision regarding the inheritance. James wants Henrie O to help protect Sophia, who believes James' concerns are ridiculous, and to determine which child is the would-be killer. Framed by descriptions of the lovely Baltic ports of call, Hart's seventh in the Henrie O series combines engaging subordinate characters and surprising plot twists with the charms of Henrie O herself, who grapples with her past feelings for James while trying to solve the case
A satisfying way to end this series. All of the books in the series were a quick, enjoyable read. Especially liked the fact that Henrie O was a senior citizen but still active physically and mentally but that she had limitations because of her age. Just like real life! Good series - would recommend.