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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and light read.
Good story! I like alternate history a lot and although the outcome for the doomed ship was the same of course, the fictional account of the murders aboard the ship was very well done.

The descriptions of the Titanic were very well done and the characters were well told too. My only real complaint with the writing (and this is nitpicky) was the overuse of...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doomed from the start?
This is quite fun: by taking the great disaster as a backdrop to a murder mystery, the author makes himself three great gifts:

1. The opportunity to ladle on titanic levels of dramatic irony;
2. The opportunity for fun with real-life characters (Jack Futrelle as detective);
3. The opportunity to explore the implications for morality of an enclosed...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doomed from the start?, 3 Mar 2013
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This is quite fun: by taking the great disaster as a backdrop to a murder mystery, the author makes himself three great gifts:

1. The opportunity to ladle on titanic levels of dramatic irony;
2. The opportunity for fun with real-life characters (Jack Futrelle as detective);
3. The opportunity to explore the implications for morality of an enclosed world where there will be no tomorrow (at least from the moment that the realisation that the ship is sinking sinks in).

The first two of these Collins exploits with gusto, the third less so; he has done his research: he recreates with loving attention to detail the appearance and atmosphere on board the sinkable unsinkable liner; he knows who was there; he knows what was on the menu, what music was played, etc. etc.

Using the (wholly factual) fictional mystery writer Jack Futrelle (inventor of that other Sherlock Holmes, Prof S.F.X. Van Dusen, aka The Thinking Machine) as the character through whom this other (fictional) blackmail mystery is told is an inspired idea.

But...

Since we know that, before very long, the ship will sink, (nearly) all will be lost and justice will go undone, it does become very difficult to care, at least about the whodunnit.

I suppose, though, just as the prologue of a Shakespearean play gives the ending away before the action has even begun, our pleasure must here, too, come from the way in which the story is told, rather than any sense of surprise in how it ends.

And the way in which this story is told is ... fun.

Just don't expect great depths - except for the obvious ones.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and light read., 27 Jan 2013
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This review is from: The Titanic Murders (Disaster Series) (Kindle Edition)
Good story! I like alternate history a lot and although the outcome for the doomed ship was the same of course, the fictional account of the murders aboard the ship was very well done.

The descriptions of the Titanic were very well done and the characters were well told too. My only real complaint with the writing (and this is nitpicky) was the overuse of alliteration. Alliteration certainly has it's place, but for me, it's more in kid's books and poetry. Often it took me out of the story a little. Again, nitpicky, but it was hard to find to much fault with anything else.

Glad that it's a series, as I'll definitely check out more, especially with todays kindle deal!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Titanic Murders, 16 Dec 2012
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Max Allan Collins is a prolific author, whose best known series is that of Nathan HellerTrue Detective (Nathan Heller Novels), in which true crimes are interweaved in a fictional mystery. In this Disaster Series, the author also uses real life events and creates a mystery story based around them. The first in this series uses the iconic ship Titanic, with real life detective writer Jacques Futrelle The Collected Mysteries of Jacques Futrelle (Halcyon Classics) as his hero. Jacques (Jack) Futrelle was a passenger on Titanic and we begin the novel with Jack and his wife surprised at being given a first class cabin, rather than the second class one he has booked. While Futrelle wonders about his sudden promotion to first class, he is also intrigued by another passenger - John Bertram Crafton - who seems to be upsetting people before even setting foot on board ship. When there is a murder, Futrelle is asked to investigate and what follows is a charming view of Titanic on her maiden voyage. Anybody who was anybody was on board and Collins uses the incredible passenger list and opulence of the ship to great effect.

There are more books in this series: The Hindenburg Murders (Disaster Series), The Pearl Harbor Murders (Disaster Series), The Lusitania Murders (Disaster Series), The London Blitz Murders (Disaster Series) and The War of the Worlds Murder (Disaster Series). Obviously, they are all stand alone novels, but I think they are a wonderful idea and I am glad they are now on kindle.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A titanic historical mystery, 6 Feb 1999
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The anonymous caller clearly states that he has recently been inside the Titanic. However, it was the man's insistence that he saw two murdered corpses inside the deep freezer of the ship that had to happen before the Titanic grazed that fatal iceberg. Though doubting the account, Max, the author of historical mysteries, starts thinking about the possibilities. Especially intriguing is that the great mystery writer, Jacques "The Thinking Machine" Futrelle was a passenger. Max follows up his pondering by talking with Virginia Futrelle Raymond, the ninety-three years old daughter of Jacques.
Virginia corroborates the phone call by saying her mother, a survivor of the tragedy, swore two murders occurred and that her father, though originally only a passenger, was investigating them. Virginia's story fits comfortably with what historians agree as the facts. So begins the tale of two murders on board the Titanic before destiny ended its run.
Talk about Titanic nerve and guts. Only a historical mystery writer with the talent of Max Allan Collins would dare write a who-done-it, starring real persona (except perhaps Cameron and that couple) and events from the real Titanic. THE TITANIC MURDERS brilliantly works. The story line unfolds into a wonderful mystery being investigated by Mr. Futrelle, a superstar mystery writer of the period, who was one of many to die during the tragedy. The characters seem so genuine, especially their awe over the elegant surroundings. Historical detail makes this novel a winner as it's the research that makes the period come alive. The author of the renowned Heller series and the Ms. Tree comic book, Mr. Collins may have written his best novel to date.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant idea, 24 May 2004
the idea behind this book is a brilliant one. the real life mystery writer jacques futrelle was on board titanic when she sank. the author posits the idea that m futrelle solved a murder on board before the ship sank. there's a real flavour of titanic here, and the mystery was a good one - it should appeal to those who like agatha christie - but the reason i gave it four stars is that i'm not comfortable with the author using real people as characters. i don't mind a bit of local colour with some of the famous people on board, seeing them at dinner etc, but when it comes down to rewriting their whole lives for those few days, then i don't like it. but other than that, this book is a good read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FASCINATING TITANIC BOOK, 20 Mar 1999
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MAX ALLAN COLLINS HAS WRITTEN ONE OF THE MOST CREATIVE MURDER MYSTERIES. OUR HERO, REAL LIFE PASSENGER JACQUES FUTRELLE MUST SOLVE HIS FINAL MYSTERY ABOARD SHIP. WHAT COLLINS DOES, AND HE SUCCEEDS, WHERE OTHER WRITERS FAIL, IS THAT HE INTEGRATES THE REAL PASSENGERS INTO THE MYSTERY. THERE ARE NO MADE UP CHARACTERS, THESE PEOPLE REALLY SAILED ON THE SHIP. SOMETIMES, BECAUSE THE AUTHOR BLENDS FACT WITH FICTION SO WELL, THE READER WILL BE LEFT WONDERING IF THIS INDEED HAPPENED. A MUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 7 July 2014
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Good story, interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars different, 29 Jun 2014
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It was intriguing and gave you an insight to the people on the ship.and the re little secrets
really enjoyed reading it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Titanic Murders, 9 Jun 2014
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It was different, however I found it a bit drawn out at times although I did want to finish the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever twists to a well known tale, 11 Feb 2014
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A fresh approach to the Titanic story, cleverly crafted and really fascinating and gripping. A rattling good page turning read!
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