1 Mar 2024


 Due to a catalogue of events beyond my control, it is with profound apologies to Blog Tour organiser, Rachel @ Rachel's Random Resources and author, Anna Legat that I am only now sharing my thoughts on this, the fourth book in the Shires Mysteries series. FGT 


Genre ... Crime Fiction/Cozy Mystery

Publication Date ... 8th February 2024

Publisher ... Headspace Books

Standalone Second Book in The Shires Mysteries series

Estimated number Of Pages ... 267

Maggie and Sam take a break from the murder and mayhem of Bishops Well and embark on a relaxing mid-winter cruise across the northern seas. The brochure promises smooth sailing, good food and dazzling entertainment. Sam is hoping to sprinkle the mix with romance. 

But nothing goes to plan.

Maggie runs into an old lover, the mesmerising Benedict Rawbotham, who goes out of his way to sweep her off her feet. Sam is left seething with jealousy.

A mayday signal sent by a fishing boat forces the cruise liner off course. But there is something fishy about the rescued crew and Maggie insists that two young women have died on that boat. Alas, no one believes her.

Soon one of the alleged fishermen is also dead and so is one of the cruise passengers. Cordelia Conti Lang, nicknamed the Bitcoin Queen, with links to London’s criminal underworld, is found in her cabin, stabbed to death.

In pursuit of the killer, Maggie hurtles from one disaster to another and Sam begins to fear for her life. Has he taken her on a cruise to hell?

Not the first time I have come across Maggie and Sam who I first met in book two in the Shires Mysteries series, At Death's Door. I have to say it was a pleasure re-acquainting myself with these two characters as they take a break from the village of Bishops Well and embark on a mid-winter cruise. Will it prove to be a relaxing one though? Well, it is until the bodies start piling up. 

Okay so there was the fact that I struggled placing the book as, whilst set in the modern era, it has an oddly old fashioned feel to it AND that when it came down to it, whilst sweet, personally I wasn't sure about the blossoming romance between Maggie and Sam. However ...

With a whodunit that held my interest right up until the end {something of a rarity I have to say as I often find myself either having worked it out early on or, more likely, have found myself bored to the point that come the big revelation I don't actually care who has done it ... or why} I thought this a fun, engaging read.

Anna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mystery series. Murder isn't the only thing on her mind. She dabbles in a wide variety of genres, ranging from dark humorous comedy, through magic realism to dystopian.

A globe-trotter and Jack-of-all-trades, Anna has been an attorney, legal adviser, a silver-service waitress, a school teacher and a librarian. She has lived in far-flung places all over the world where she delighted in people-watching and collecting precious life experiences for her stories. Anna writes, reads, lives and breathes books and can no longer tell the difference between fact and fiction.

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With thanks to Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for organising a paper copy. One of several bloggers participating in the Blog Tour of this book, agree or disagree with me, all opinions are my own; no financial compensation was asked for nor given; threats of violence towards my favourite teddy bear went unheeded as did promises of chocolate.

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Kelly said...

I'm still not convinced this is a series I would enjoy.

nightwingsraven said...

Although Maggie and Sam sound sympathetic.
I am not certain if I would appreciate
this book. But thank you for your excellent