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  • Mass Market Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (6 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451234561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451234568
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.2 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Judd on 1 Dec. 2010
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Thankfully Bain shows some return to form with this latest MSW outing, which see's Jessica aboard the Queen Mary 2 for a transatlanic crossing.

The premise is fine, although overly complicated and under developed - murder, stolen jewels, smuggling, M16, Mosad, terrorist funding, insurance investigation, too many people 'under cover'... Thankfully the awful character of George Sutherland (Jessica's sometimes sweetheart) was relegated to a minor 'top & tail' role in the story, whereas I had feared (when seeing the story was set in London) that he may feature in the whole thing! I know its 'only a book' but I really dislike the character of George Surtherland and his tweed jacket with elbow patches, and blue 'button down' shirt and Scottish 'brogue' - I really hope he becomes a victim in a future novel so that readers of the series don't have to endure anymore 'romantic interludes' or his 'darlin' Jessica, we must find time for us...'-moments!!

The setting on the QM2 too is great and wonderfully detailed. Having travelled on this great ocean liner several times, I was actually able to picture the locales and ship settings, however I found it ittitating how the author couldn't make up his mind as to what to call the ship (sometimes Queen Mary 2, then Queen Mary Two, then QM2, then Q M Two.... its just QM2. Simples!).

The conclusion was something of a let down and quite confusing, almost as if Donald Bain (author) got to the end and hadn't planned on the what, when, where and why, so just blamed everyone for having done something at sometime to someone else! However it was nice to see a couple of the old (occasional) characters from the TV series crop-up (although neither was written as particularly likeable).

On the whole, an okay read, but not a stratch on the earlier 'Murder on the QE2'.
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A Jewel of a book 24 Oct. 2010
By Normochka - Published on Amazon.com
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For fans of Jessica Fletcher (and Donald Bain), Murder She Wrote: the Queen's Jewels is one of the best books in the Murder She Wrote series. Jessica's shipboard adventures include old favorites Michael Haggerty and Dennis Stanton in a suspense-filled sailing across the Atlantic. Jessica's adventure begins in London and continues at sea with mysterious characters and sinister persona. I have enjoyed this work more than other recent Bain novels, and I am sure long-time fans of the television series will enjoy the references to earlier adventures with Michael and Dennis. This book will both entertain you and keep you guessing. It's a must read for Jessica Fletcher fans. I eagerly await and pre-order each adventure.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Keep in the Treasure Chest 8 Nov. 2010
By Rosa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you are die-hard fan of Murder She Wrote. You absolutely love the Queen Jewels. It has suspense and loads of intrigue. Also you favorite beloved characters Dennis Stanton and Michael Haggerty is included in this novel. Which at first I admit I thought that it would be distracting. But it was a delightful treat. And as always no matter where Jessica goes there's a murder to be solved even on the high seas. With an abundant of suspects to hold your attention as always some surprising moments. This is the novel to keep.
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complex amateur sleuth 9 Oct. 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Cunard offered writer Jessica Fletcher a chance to travel on the Queen Mary II from England to New York at no cost if she serves as a writing instructor. Jessica eagerly agrees and flies to London. She goes to a dinner hosted by her publisher; there she meets Kim Chin-Hwa whose partner Walter Yang bought a blue diamond called the Heart of India.

She learns the gem was stolen and Yang murdered. Jessica's Scotland Yard friend Inspector George Sutherland expects the diamond to be sold as he tells her the business partner has an air tight alibi. Also attending the party Jessica's British publisher throws for her is M-16 Agent Michael Haggerty who has come in from the cold to find the diamond. Former jewel thief now insurance investigator Dennis Stanton wants to find the Heart of India before the QM-II docks in the States. There are others connected to the stolen gem so Jessica applies her grandmotherly kindness asking questions until she concludes who is involved in the theft and now all she has to do is prove her theory.

It has been years since the show ended, yet Donald Bain still captures the essence of Jessica that makes her a fan favorite. The Queen's Jewel is a very complex amateur sleuth tale due to the numerous characters with multiple motives concerning the deceased and the jewels. In an ironic twist of fate, a notorious jewel thief on board is connected to a series of jewelry robberies that occurred just prior to the ship's departure. However, once again this is Jessica's mystery as she calmly investigates the suspects sailing with her.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Only for the atmosphere 9 April 2011
By Roger Long - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The only thing that kept this from a one-star rating was the atmosphere, i.e., the ocean liner. Granted, this milieu, like the English manor house or the snowstorm-bound party, has been used already a few times. It still works alright, but I wish there were some new sites.

The characters are a bit shopworn. If you are a mystery reader, you've seen them all before this and they move on rails. The dialogue is stagy. The exposition has too, too many cliches and somehow doesn't flow smoothly. And the denouement felt too contrived.

This is only the second book I've read in this series, and I'll be avoiding the rest. There are too many really good mysteries for one to spend more time with Ms Fletcher. Miss Marple she is not.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book, should be made into a movie 23 April 2011
By mystery lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've always been a great fan of "Murder She Wrote" books and for quite sometimes the books weren't as good as it used to be. However, after a long time the writers came up with a great mystery. The story takes place in a cruise ship where Jessica Fletcher has six days to catch the murderer and a group of international jewel thieves. Its a fast paced mystery and she had some help from old characters like Michael Haggerty and Dennis Stanton and new loving character Harry Flynn. This book will keep you to the edge of your seat till the end.
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