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on 27 January 2013
The author has written another in the hybrid history and fiction genre. This involves the last and fatal flight of the zeppelin Hindenburg. Leaving Frankfurt, Germany, voyaging to New Jersey, America, this 1937 event is entwined with a murder mystery involving one of the 36 passengers, dapper Leslie Charteris. The celebrated author of the 'Saint' series featuring Simon Templar, actually travelled on the airship's maiden voyage, not this one, fortunately. This stiffens the historical bent of the book as does the author's depiction of the Nazi pre-WW2 scenario. The SS are well-represented on board and one officer thought to be an informer mysteriously disappears. Charteris is asked by the Germans to help find the culprit. The added conviction that a bomb is planted on the ship adds to the tension and with time ticking away, it must be found. Questioning those on board reveals information that contains surprising facts to Charteris, not all genial.
There are some twists and turns in the plot of this fun and easy read. I couldn't help reading the Leslie Charteris narrative as if George Sanders (the best Saint,in my opinion) was speaking it. Light and well-written.