‘The real joy of Marsali Taylor’s work is the richness of her portrayal of the Shetland background and inhabitants . . . Cass Lynch is an unusual protagonist, a stand-out in an overcrowded genre’ Mystery People
Cass Lynch abandons her largely solitary life when she is given the position of third officer aboard the Norwegian sail-training ship, Sørlandet. With many trainees on board helping the crew compete in the Tall Ships race from Norway to Ireland, Cass is glad to be heading out to sea. An unnerving early morning encounter leads her to have suspicions of a stowaway aboard – yet a police search finds nobody, and makes Cass unpopular with the captain. Then, as they reach Shetland waters, one of the trainees goes missing . . .
As tensions mount and tempers flare among the crew, Cass finds that more than one person is guarding a secret. When faced with violence in a beautiful but extremely remote setting, Cass must follow her instincts to navigate the rising tide of mystery and steer the ship to safety.
‘A GREAT READ ... A SPLENDID ACHIEVEMENT’ SHETLAND TIMES
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The story made a welcome change from the usual murder story plots, being set on board a ship and the ports where it docked, particularly Belfast.
This book would be a real treat for anyone keen on sailing and tall ships as there’s plenty of detail of life on board and the tasks undertaken. I found it interesting to an extent but must admit to skim reading some of these sections. I did particularly like the part set in the Titanic Museum.
As I started reading, I felt overwhelmed by the unfamiliar settings and the associated vocabulary and the large number of characters. I wondered whether I would be able to enjoy the book or even finish it. This feeling didn’t last for long and I did enjoy the story.
I’m not entirely convinced that the characters could keep going on as though nothing much had happened with the events they experienced but I told myself that, on the open seas, lives depend on routines being maintained. Emotions were very restrained.
Tall Ship, Tall Story
This is part of a reliably enjoyable series and Cass Lynch a good shipmate on an eventful voyage. I worked out, or maybe guessed, the murderer quite early on but the narrative and skilful knotting together of two plots kept me engaged until the end. Like all plots based on the conceit of an isolated community the reader has to concentrate to keep track of the essential characters, but no harm in that.
Although the plot and some of the murder methods seemed a little stretched the life of the ship had the smell of authenticity so the improbabilities did not stick out.