The thrilling new novel from the multi-million copy global bestselling author, 'Queen of Suspense' Mary Higgins Clark.
A glamorous cruise on a luxurious ocean liner turns deadly...
Fleeing the humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewellery expert, hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship, the Queen Charlotte.
On board she meets eighty-six-year-old Lady Emily Haywood – the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to a museum after the cruise.
But three days out to sea Lady Emily is found dead – with the necklace missing. And the list of suspects is large and growing.
Celia sets out to find the killer, not realizing that she has put herself in mortal danger before the ship reaches its final destination…
In this lesser effort from MWA Grand Master Clark, lottery winners Alvirah and Willy Meehan, last seen in 2016's As Time Goes By, celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary by taking a luxury cruise aboard the Queen Charlotte, which is making her maiden voyage from New York to Southampton, England. Limited to only 100 guests and boasting world-class accommodations and entertainment, the ship welcomes A-list luminaries such as 86-year-old Lady Emily Haywood, who possesses a fabulous emerald necklace once owned by Cleopatra. Lady Emily is accompanied by her assistant, Brenda Martin; her investment manager, Roger Pearson; and Roger's avaricious wife, Yvonne. Other passengers include gemologist Celia Kilbride, attorney Ted Cavanaugh, and thief Devon Michaelson. Each has reason to covet the necklace. When a murderer strikes, Alvirah slips into sleuthing mode. The sweet relationship between Alvirah and Willy is some consolation in this formulaic thriller that's short on suspense.
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This book, for me was like a composition written by a fourth grader. It had some semblance of a good idea but was SO predicatable and poorly executed. There was no drama, no character development and certainly no nail biting quality to the story (as advertised on the book cover) whatsoever.
To add insult to injury the book was relatively expensive to download. My recommendation, save your money.