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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (Feb. 10 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312307918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312307912
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 14.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,099,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Marmora, a small luxury ocean liner en route from England to Australia via Cairo in 1908, serves as the venue for Allen's fifth lighthearted historical (after 2003's Murder on the Caronia) to feature private detectives George Porter Dillman and Genevieve Masefield. The sleuthing pair are acting as unofficial bodyguards to the Duke and Duchess of Fife and their children, but they also have reason to keep an eye on a slew of other first-class passengers, including a noted Egyptologist traveling with his musical daughter and a strongbox of artifacts, an urbane investor in a Cairo hotel project, an attractive American widow and her sulky daughter and a boastful French chef with constant complaints about the food. A series of jewel and antiques thefts, as well as a ghastly murder that the ship's authorities take great care to cover up, propels the plot at a stately pace. To complicate matters, Genevieve to her horror sees her former lover on board with his new bride. The happily-ever-after ending and the picture of gracious living during an era when security was of relatively little concern should please mystery readers seeking purely escapist fare.
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The handsome and elegant George Porter Dillman and his partner, the gorgeous and spirited Genevieve Masefield, ship's detectives, leave the Cunard line for the P&O Marmora, on its way to Australia via Egypt in 1908. The Marmora purser, Kilhendry, resents Dillman's American roots and the pair's experience with Cunard and does what he can to make their work difficult, even when jewelry starts disappearing from the cabins of women traveling alone. Then a murder must be investigated quietly, as the princess royal and her family are also traveling on the ship. Complexities abound: Genevieve finds her odious former fiance on board, on his honeymoon; an oily French chef and a secretive German photographer cause irritation; and various difficult or unpleasant people attempt to attach themselves like limpets to our heroes. There turns out to be more crime even than expected, but the real pull here is the charm of the detective couple and the rich period detail in travel and accoutrements. GraceAnne DeCandido
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Format: Hardcover
After several voyages with the famous Cunard line, cruise ship detectives George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield take a job with a competitor--P&O in a cruise from England to Australia by way of Egypt and the Suez Canal. Unlike their experience with Cunard, however, they find the Pursor unhelpful and even antagonistic. He assures them that his nose for trouble is all that is needed to keep his ship clean. Unfortunately, several robberies prove him wrong. When one of their suspects is murdered, Genevieve and George know that they need to move quickly in able to prove their worth, but the crimes are so skillful, without any evidence of tampering with the cabin locks, that they realize they are dealing with a professional.
George and Genevieve work together to determine who could have known about any valuables hidden in cabins, clear alibis, and deal with the personalities on board the ship--a difficulty compounded by Genevieve's ex-fiance now on board as a newlywed but still interested in Genevieve, and the young woman who quickly falls for George.
MURDER ON THE MARMORA is the fifth in author Conrad Allen's George Dillman/Genevieve Masefield historical mystery series and the strongest to date. Allen added more dimension to his characters while maintaining the entertaining mystery and strong period atmosphere of his earlier mysteries. Allen sets his stories in the glory days of the cruise industry before World War I--a period when manners mattered, dress was formal, and progress seemed certain.
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After sailing on the maiden voyages of the Lusitania and Mauretania for the Cunard Shipping Company as in-house detectives, George Dillman and Genevieve now work for the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company. They are sailing on the Marmora from England to Australia with a stop in Egypt. The purser on the ship Brian Kilhendry makes it clear to the duo that he has no use for them and thinks they are not needed as there is never crime on his ship.
Shortly after he makes that proclamation, a woman sailing alone is robbed of her jewelry and money while she is out of the cabin. Other robberies follow and the victims are all women traveling without a man to protect them. While the two detectives are trying to help the victims, a man is murdered but nothing is missing from the room. The man was very well liked leaving Dillman and Genevieve desperate to find the criminals even if it puts them in danger.
Anyone who loves to sail the seven seas will want to read MURDER ON THE MARMORA, a picturesque who-done-it that will make readers want to go on a cruise. Although much of the book is concentrated on the mystery, Genevieve is kept busy trying to evade her ex-fiancé on board with his new bride and Dillman is trying to discourage a young woman from chasing after him. The surprise ending is just the icing on the cake for one of Conrad Allen's best voyage mysteries.
Harriet Klausner
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By Celia A. Sgroi on April 28 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm afraid the Dillman/Masefield series is getting very repetitious, and this novel is a good example. The protagonists investigate thefts and a murder on a voyage from England to Egypt and wrap things up before the vessel reaches Port Said. However, it's the same cast of shipboard characters with diferent names, and not much new happens, although the author tries to introduce variation by adding a purser who is hostile to the detectives and the appearance of Genevieve's former fiance, a creep if ever there was one. There are lots of red herrings, and, as it turns out, two sets of villains, but one has the nagging sense of having read it all before. Maybe there's just nothing left to do to liven things up on board. Pirates??
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picturesque sea voyage mystery Feb. 1 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After sailing on the maiden voyages of the Lusitania and Mauretania for the Cunard Shipping Company as in-house detectives, George Dillman and Genevieve now work for the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company. They are sailing on the Marmora from England to Australia with a stop in Egypt. The purser on the ship Brian Kilhendry makes it clear to the duo that he has no use for them and thinks they are not needed as there is never crime on his ship.
Shortly after he makes that proclamation, a woman sailing alone is robbed of her jewelry and money while she is out of the cabin. Other robberies follow and the victims are all women traveling without a man to protect them. While the two detectives are trying to help the victims, a man is murdered but nothing is missing from the room. The man was very well liked leaving Dillman and Genevieve desperate to find the criminals even if it puts them in danger.
Anyone who loves to sail the seven seas will want to read MURDER ON THE MARMORA, a picturesque who-done-it that will make readers want to go on a cruise. Although much of the book is concentrated on the mystery, Genevieve is kept busy trying to evade her ex-fiancé on board with his new bride and Dillman is trying to discourage a young woman from chasing after him. The surprise ending is just the icing on the cake for one of Conrad Allen's best voyage mysteries.
Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Best yet in good series July 3 2004
By booksforabuck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After several voyages with the famous Cunard line, cruise ship detectives George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield take a job with a competitor--P&O in a cruise from England to Australia by way of Egypt and the Suez Canal. Unlike their experience with Cunard, however, they find the Pursor unhelpful and even antagonistic. He assures them that his nose for trouble is all that is needed to keep his ship clean. Unfortunately, several robberies prove him wrong. When one of their suspects is murdered, Genevieve and George know that they need to move quickly in able to prove their worth, but the crimes are so skillful, without any evidence of tampering with the cabin locks, that they realize they are dealing with a professional.
George and Genevieve work together to determine who could have known about any valuables hidden in cabins, clear alibis, and deal with the personalities on board the ship--a difficulty compounded by Genevieve's ex-fiance now on board as a newlywed but still interested in Genevieve, and the young woman who quickly falls for George.
MURDER ON THE MARMORA is the fifth in author Conrad Allen's George Dillman/Genevieve Masefield historical mystery series and the strongest to date. Allen added more dimension to his characters while maintaining the entertaining mystery and strong period atmosphere of his earlier mysteries. Allen sets his stories in the glory days of the cruise industry before World War I--a period when manners mattered, dress was formal, and progress seemed certain.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not a winner. April 28 2004
By Celia A. Sgroi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm afraid the Dillman/Masefield series is getting very repetitious, and this novel is a good example. The protagonists investigate thefts and a murder on a voyage from England to Egypt and wrap things up before the vessel reaches Port Said. However, it's the same cast of shipboard characters with diferent names, and not much new happens, although the author tries to introduce variation by adding a purser who is hostile to the detectives and the appearance of Genevieve's former fiance, a creep if ever there was one. There are lots of red herrings, and, as it turns out, two sets of villains, but one has the nagging sense of having read it all before. Maybe there's just nothing left to do to liven things up on board. Pirates??
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good Fun Read March 24 2013
By Bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Simple book, but good fun to read. Love a gentle murder mystery. No gore, just good old fashioned story telling.
A few good twists and turns with a very pleasant romance too. Worth the the time.
Best George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield Mystery So Far Sept. 7 2004
By Donald Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Murder on the Marmora is the fifth fictional voyage of George Porter Dillman and Genevieve Masefield, and I found it to be the most enjoyable.

The Marmora is a P & O (Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company) ship on which Dillman and Masefield are playing their familiar roles as undercover detectives. The ship doesn't provide any of the glamour that helped make the earlier books about the Lusitania and the Mauretania interesting. That lack is filled in by the novelty of minor Royals, the Duke and Duchess of Fife and their children, on board with the usual bevy of Royal watchers and hangers-on. The ship is also off to exotic Egypt and contains some rare artifacts.

Relations are tougher though on the detectives. The purser was once turned down by Cunard and holds a grudge against anyone who has worked for that luxury line. The purser likes Americans even less so Dillman takes his lumps in this new relationship.

Once on board, there's the usual crime spree that this series always features along with a quick death as the title suggests. From there, the detectives wander around not learning very much until just at the end of the book.

One of the most interesting of the subplots brings Genevieve Masefield into the company of her ex-fiancé. I rated the book as the best in the series due to the benefits of that subplot. Otherwise, I would have found this book to be an undistinguished three star effort.

Bon voyage!

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