Cruise ships are locked rooms with panache, which makes them ideal settings for crime stories. This collection, edited by Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block, brings together cruising mystery stories written by members of the International Association of Crime Writers. The stories vary dramatically in style and content, from classical detection (Agatha Christie) to mainstream hard-boiled (Jeremiah Healy), but the real treats here are the contributions from the lesser-known but uniformly impressive international authors. JoseLatour's "Havanightmare," for example, about a Vermont woman kidnapped on a cruise to Cuba, defies our expectations at every turn, transforming a formulaic situation into something with remarkable psychological depth. A perfect choice for aboard-ship reading and a valuable introduction to some talented crime writers who bear watching. Ilene Cooper
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"Death Cruise" is a good companion on a cruise - or a train trip or any number of other occasions. -- Associated Press, Sept. 5, 1999