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on 20 April 2016
Generally the books keeps up to the standard of the others. The plot is less wide ranging and complex than others, however since it is set largely on board the Queen Mary, that is to be expected. Characters develop well from previous novels but it is quite possible to read this as your first introduction to the pair and still enjoy it.
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on 19 February 2014
This is the forth one in the series and as usual Edward and Verity get the reader engrossed with their latest adventure. A series of murders and an important person to protect from harm they have their work cut out for them. Add into the mix a horrendous storm and their up and down relationship will they survive the trip unscathed? A great read.
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on 3 November 2013
Corinth and Browne doing an upper class detective scene. They aren't really detectives and you do have to suspend belief but you won't get frightened reading it.
I do like to read one of them in between something meatier and you might find them enjoyable enough to work through the series. As I have read about seven of them you can see that I do come back for more.
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on 1 August 2013
As with the previous books in the series, thus one crooked th atmosphere and mores of the time, and the relationship between th two moan character develop a further, without ruining the speculation. Great work!
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on 6 September 2013
Love the partnership in these books and I'm being educated in recent history in a very interesting way. Had started reading another very long book, but interrupted with the first of this series and have read seven so far!
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on 12 September 2013
Very Art Deco. Loved the book. Murders,yes, but not the awful violence many crime writers resort to nowadays. More like Agatha Christie type books. Only criticism is the amount of time spent explaining Communism. This is over the top. It is the same in all Lord Edward's novels.
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on 9 March 2011
It's a lucky, and in Lord Edward Corinth's view, lovely, coincidence that he is asked to be a protective presence to a British diplomat on the Queen Mary ship bound for the Americas at the same time that his lady, the feisty journalist Verity Browne, is also taking the trip to do some reports for the Communist Party.
But the trip soon turns very sour for him. Not only does Verity find her American Communist Party companion rather too fascinating for his liking, his charge is put at risk by a murder on board, there's some powerful passengers with explosive and controversial views, and then the ship hits very stormy waters, where everyone is vulnerable...

This is another great story from David Roberts, set in the lead up to the Second World War, with two main characters who never fail to keep your attention. Lord Edward, though an aristocratic gentleman and rather typically Eton-boy English, still makes mistakes and has to learn by them, which makes him much more human. And Verity, too, grows with each book, from a passionate rather single-sighted young woman into someone just as strong but rather more considering/considerate.
The setting gives the story a traditional locked-room-no-escape feel, and owing to the time of the voyage and their destination, a wisp of the fateful Titanic, too.
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on 1 August 2011
Any author/publisher that can have the Queen Mary sail into New York in 1937 under the Verrazano Bridge makes the whole of the historical background suspect. Not just this volume, but the whole set has been spoilt for me.
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on 21 October 2013
the continuing will they they won't they finally became a sort of will they. A decent read and some decent sub plots helped this book.I do feel they are becoming very "samey"
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on 24 July 2013
You can imagine yourself in the situation, almost as fascinating as back on land. Very good mystery you will try to solve. Another excellent piece of the series.
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