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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd (26 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715632132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715632130
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,305,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Delightful escapism --Chicago Sun-Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Conrad Allen is the author of the acclaimed series of mysteries featuring George Porter Dillman and Genevieve Masefield. Murder on the Luistania is the first novel in that series. A playwright with a lifelong interest in history, he lives in England.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Mar. 2013
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This is the first in a series of books written by Conrad Allen, a pseudonym used by Keith Miles. You may know him already by another pseudonym, that of Edward Marston, which he uses for many popular series, including that of the Railway Detective mysteries. This series features George Porter Dillman and the enigmatic and beautiful Genevieve Masefield and all are set aboard cruise ships in the heyday of the great liners. In order, the books are as follows:

1. Murder on the Lusitania (1999)
2. Murder On the Mauretania (2000)
3. Murder On the Minnesota (2002)
4. Murder on the Caronia (2002)
5. Murder on the Marmora (2004)
6. Murder on the Salsette (2005)
7. Murder on the Oceanic (2006)
8. Murder on the Celtic (2007)

It is good to see these books now on kindle and I looked forward to re-reading this mystery, which I had not read for many years. It is September, 1907 and the Lusitania is sailing her maiden voyage to New York. This novel introduces American George Porter Dillman, a detective who is usually called upon to keep an eye on professional card sharps, or some thieving. However, this voyage offers more than the usual excitement - and romance. From the time Dillman boards the train from Euston to Liverpool, Lime Street, he feels that things are not right. He is intrigued by Mr and Mrs Rymer, whose daughter Violet seems sad and listless for such an exciting event as a trip on such a wonderful liner and is further concerned about the oily journalist Henry Barcroft, who bothers the passengers and crew alike. When there is murder onboard, his detective skills are put to the test.

This is a cosy mystery, with a touch of romance and the bonus of the shipboard location. If you enjoy this kind of story, then I am sure you will like this series and, in my opinion, it is best to start with the first book where the two main characters first meet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jun. 2004
Format: Paperback
Murder on the Lusitania is much different from the other novels in this series. As a reader, I found myself caught up in the excitement of the launching of the then world's largest liner in 1907, a ship whose subsequent history would play a large role in the U.S. entering World War I. Having been on today's huge liners, I was interested in how the Lusitania was different, especially in how its power was supplied (lots of backbreaking work with coal being loaded into the steam engines). Having watched a lot of Masterpiece Theater, I was inevitably interested in how the upper-class English people would act on the ship. So the book had a lot of potential going for it. Those elements worked well for me.
The story itself turned out to be based on a motive that seems very lame and unlikely. That caused me to grade the book down.
For those who like romance with their sleuthing, you will probably enjoy the process by which Cunard detective, George Porter Dillman, becomes acquainted with the beautiful and mysterious Englishwoman, Ms. Genevieve Masefield. She spurns him at first, and only unpleasant circumstances for Ms. Masefield cause that situation to change.
If you just want to read the best book to date in the series, I suggest you read Murder on the Minnesota instead. It's quite fun, and much better done than Murder on the Lusitania. If you do decide to read Murder on the Lusitania, the next book in the series is Murder on the Mauretania. If you like Murder on the Lusitania, you'll be sure to love Murder on the Mauretania.
After you finish this book, think about when you may have drawn a conclusion about someone based on a single glance or quick encounter. Did you later take the time to be sure you were right in your assessment? If not, take that time now. You may be missing someone wonderful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
Murder on the Lusitania is much different from the other three novels in this series. As a reader, I found myself caught up in the excitement of the launching of the then world's largest liner in 1907, a ship whose subsequent history would play a large role in the U.S. entering World War I. Having been on today's huge liners, I was interested in how the Lusitania was different, especially in how its power was supplied (lots of backbreaking work with coal being loaded into the steam engines). Having watched a lot of Masterpiece Theater, I was inevitably interested in how the upper-class English people would act on the ship. So the book had a lot of potential going for it. Those elements worked well for me.
The story itself turned out to be based on a motive that seems very lame and unlikely. That caused me to grade the book down.
For those who like romance with their sleuthing, you will probably enjoy the process by which Cunard detective, George Porter Dillman, becomes acquainted with the beautiful and mysterious Englishwoman, Ms. Genevieve Masefield. She spurns him at first, and only unpleasant circumstances for Ms. Masefield cause that situation to change.
If you just want to read the best book to date in the series, I suggest you read Murder on the Minnesota instead. It's quite fun, and much better done than Murder on the Lusitania. If you do decide to read Murder on the Lusitania, the next book in the series is Murder on the Mauretania. If you like Murder on the Lusitania, you'll be sure to love Murder on the Mauretania.
After you finish this book, think about when you may have drawn a conclusion about someone based on a single glance or quick encounter. Did you later take the time to be sure you were right in your assessment? If not, take that time now. You may be missing someone wonderful!
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