|Plot Summary of Murder on the Caronia|
St. Martin's, Jan 2002, 24.95, 336 pp.
In 1908, the Cariona's purser informs Cunard Line detectives Genevieve Masefield and George Dillman that rumors of illegal drug smuggling exist. Also two Scotland Yard police officers escort two murderers on board to return them to England. Outside of that, George and Genevieve need to do their usual observations to insure no cons or stealing occur. This is a simple task for the two undercover sleuths as there are only two thousand plus passengers sailing from New York to Liverpool.
As Genevieve and George “patrol” separately except at night when they share a cabin, someone steals jewelry from a passenger. They begin to investigate the theft, when someone murders one of the British coppers. Meanwhile Genevieve tries to get the female prisoner Carrie Peterson to confess that she poisoned the wife of her lover and the duo tries to stop drug smugglers tainting the reputation of this glorious liner. As when they sailed on the Lusitania, Mauretania, and Minnesota, Genevieve and George work several cases at the same time to insure the safety of the law-abiding people traveling by sea.
The fourth sea voyage starring Dillman and Masefield is a delightful historical mystery that showcases the period as much as the lead detectives are. The era comes across in full detail, but the load of data is cleverly interwoven into taut story line even with several subplots on going at the same time that smoothly merges into a taut tale that readers will want to go on this sea cruise.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Murder on the Caronia|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- theft/fraud investigation
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
- pleasure/love boat
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- mostly dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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