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Murder on the Celtic: A Mystery [Hardcover]

Conrad Allen

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (Feb. 6 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312356196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312356194
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,224,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

A dangerous fugitive and a series of thefts mar a voyage the Celtic makes in 1910 from New York to London in Allen's satisfying eighth shipboard mystery to feature the husband-wife detective team of Bostonian George Porter Dillman and Englishwoman Genevieve Masefield (after 2006's Murder on the Oceanic). While the lovely Genevieve fends off suitors vying for her affections (the pair conceal their marriage supposedly for more efficient sleuthing), she and George are on the lookout for Edward Hammond, a thief wanted for murder who might have sneaked on board. Among the legitimate first-class passengers is novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, whose cherished first edition of his novel A Study in Scarlet—which introduced the character of Sherlock Holmes—goes missing. The light, well-executed plot will live up to the expectations of Allen's fans. (Mar.)
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From Booklist

This is one of those series that one wouldn't have expected to go on as long as it has. George Porter Dillman and Genevieve Masefield are happily married, although when they're at work, as detectives aboard transatlantic cruise ships in the early years of the twentieth century, they pretend not to know each other. The series, of which this is the eighth installment, follows a fairly strict formula: Dillman and Masefield solve a murder onboard an ocean liner while juggling various complications and trying to find a spare moment to be alone together. But it's a formula that leaves plenty of room for variation, and here the variation is that our heroes must deal with the galumphing enthusiasm of Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, who absolutely insists on assisting them. The Dillman-Masefield series succeeds, despite the built-in repetitiveness, because its creator, the prolific mystery novelist Edward Marston, writing here under a pseudonym, is such a graceful stylist. In his hands, elegant shipboard mysteries with charming protagonists never grow old. David Pitt
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great sea cruise mystery March 11 2007
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
On land George Porter Dillman and Genevieve Masefield are happily married, but when they work on a cruise ship they have to pretend they are single so they can meet a larger number of first class passengers. The latest voyage begins in 1910 in New York City abound the Celtic sailing to England. While they start the journey, they are mortified that a burglar and murder Edward Hammond might be on board. George is positive that if he is on the ship he will begin stealing valuables in first class cabins.

The most famous passenger of all is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who ironically is the victim of the first theft on board the ship. His first edition autographed book A STUDY IN SCARLET with notes in the pages is stolen. Tragedy strikes when Jane Lowbury reports her husband David missing after she sent him to get her heart pills from their cabin. Evidence points to the fact that he was thrown overboard. A rash of robberies lead the ship's detectives to believe that Edward Hammond is responsible but they don't know what he looks like, what class passage he is staying at, or who his contacts are. It takes excellent detective work to break this case wide open.

There is a lot of activity going on this ocean voyage. Readers get a look at how people cope in steerage and how arrivals report at Ellis Island. One group even made a bet as to who could make Genevieve fall for him first. Ironically a passenger in steerage and one of Genevieve's suitors point the detectives in the right direction to find the killer. This is a great sea cruise mystery.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Charming, First Class Mystery Dec 21 2012
By Cornelia Amiri and Maeve Alpin - Published on Amazon.com
This is a charming mystery giving the reader a glimpse of life in the early 1900's on the first class deck of a luxury passenger liner traveling from America to England. The detectives that work for the cruise line are an unusual husband and wife team, George Porter Dillman and Genevieve Massfield. She's English, he's American, and they keep their marriage a secret for as two singles they can separate and investigate and gather information better.

In this particular book, two passengers have bet on which one of them can win Genevieve Massfield's affections first, thinking she's single. Toward the end of the book she's able to announce to them both, with her husband present, that's she's a ship detective and that she's married to the other ship detective. That was a great scene. And giving it away is not a spoiler so don't worry about that. That information will not spoil the plot for anyone at all. I had no idea who the murderer, and in this case also the thief, was and I don't think most readers will be able to guess either. There is also a medium aboard ship and a séance scene. I loved that.

There is an entire series featuring this married couple, George Porter Dillman and Genevieve Massfield and I'd like to read the rest of the series as well. I enjoyed this, anyone who like Victorian or Edwardian books that take place on the wonderful passenger ships of days gone by or who like a really good cozy mystery - will love this book. I highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars 8th entry in shipboard detective series a rollicking ride April 22 2007
By Christina Lockstein - Published on Amazon.com
Murder on the Celtic by Conrad Allen is the latest entry in the George Porter Dillman-Genevieve Masefield series. This fun cozy mystery series takes place on luxury liners as the pair are ship detectives who do their best to keep crimes from interfering with the passengers' enjoyment of their cruise. This latest caper involves a stolen notebook belonging to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a missing businessman, and a possible murderer-thief on board. I love this series that describes the insular life aboard a cruise ship where friendships are quickly struck up and romances bloom. Allen always makes his books enjoyable with snappy dialogue and suspenseful drama. While there is a formula to the series, it's fun to see how Allen will make each installment work, and he never fails to thrill.
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder on the Celtic March 2 2012
By Mary Witt - Published on Amazon.com
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Conrad Allen writes very well and his mysteries are always good. I hope he writes many more. His characters are intriguing and his stories are well-crafted. His two main characters are engaging and catch one's attention and this time he brings in Arthur Conan Doyle. It's a good mystery.
5.0 out of 5 stars Celtic Sept. 17 2010
By Sebastian Paquette - Published on Amazon.com
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All books by Conrad Allen are a pleasure to enjoy.

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