MURDER ON THE MINNEAPOLIS by ANITA DAVISON.
PRESS RELEASE BLURB: Flora Maguire, a young governess, is on her way home on the SS Minneapolis after the wedding of her employer's daughter. She meets the charming Bunny Harrington on deck on the first night, after having avoided the dining room, conscious of her status among first-class passengers.
Flora finds the body of a man at the bottom of a companionway, but when his death is pronounced an accident, she is not convinced, and, having experienced her own tragedy as a child in the form of her mother's disappearance, is driven to find out the truth.
Flora starts asking questions, but following threats, a near drowning during a storm and a second murder, the hunt is on in earnest for a killer.
Time is running out as the Minneapolis approaches the English coast. Will Flora be able to protect Edward, her charge, as well as herself, and uncover the identity of the murderer? Is her burgeoning relationship with the handsome Bunny Harrington only a shipboard dalliance, or something more.
FIRST SENTENCE/ MEMORABLE MOMENT: Not applicable.
SOURCE: An Uncorrected Proof Copy (the UK publication date for Murder On The Minneapolis is 30th June) received for review with thanks to Isobel Cairns, Marketing & Publicity Department, Robert Hale Publishers.
MY THOUGHTS: An 'Edwardian Cosy'. I won't dwell on the plot for fear of spoilers but will say that with intrigue heaped upon intrigue Murder On The Minneapolis is certainly a great 'who-dun-it' that kept my attention from start to finish. However to me personally this wasn't the main appeal.
Transported back to a golden-age of travel aboard the SS Minneapolis I loved the descriptions of life aboard ship. The snobbery, the politics of class, the relationships, the meals eaten and, oh, the characters themselves.
I relished the antics of the dreadful snob that was Mrs Penry-Jones, revelled in the feisty and yet ever so feminine Flora, loved that her blood sang in her veins whenever Bunny was near and yet stood her ground when she had to.
All in all a thoroughly good read. I can't help but wonder if we will see Flora solve yet more murders in future books. I certainly hope so.