NEW YORK 1900. A captivating historical drama on-board the maiden voyage of the S.S. Minneapolis featuring series character Flora Maguire. For fans of Downton Abbey.
Young governess Flora Maguire is on her way home from America on the maiden voyage of the S.S. Minneapolis with her young charge Eddy, Viscount Trent, when she discovers a dead body.
Unconvinced when the death is pronounced an accident, Flora starts asking questions, but following threats, a near drowning and a second murder, the hunt is on for a killer. Time is running out as the Minneapolis approaches the English coast.
Will Flora be able to protect Eddy, as well as herself?
Is her burgeoning relationship with the handsome Bunny Harrington only a shipboard dalliance, or something more? And what secrets must Flora keep in order to stay safe?
'I thought it really evoked the era. And the atmosphere of an ocean-going cruise lent itself well to a murder scene. And you can quote me on that!' FAITH MARTIN.
What readers are saying about MURDER ON THE MINNEAPOLIS:
'I'm a big fan of this author's work, so I was excited to read the first installment in her new mystery series. It did not disappoint. Along with the sparkling dialogue and likeable characters I have come to expect, I found an intriguing, page-turning "whodunnit"'
'With intrigue heaped upon intrigue [this] is certainly a great "who-dun-it" that kept my attention from start to finish'
'I was kept guessing right to the end. A great read and I will be looking out for more of this author's work'
'This is definitely a 5 star! Highly recommended'
'From the very first sentence I knew this was going to be a wonderful story. Lush and vibrant, articulate and dynamic, I can't say enough about the writing. Davison's prose is elegant and refined lending to the setting of the story. It pulls you in and won't let go'
At the start of Davison's so-so whodunit set in the early 20th century, governess Flora Maguire and her 13-year-old charge, Edward, Viscount Trent, board the SS Minneapolis in New York City. Flora is taking Eddy home to England while his parents tour America. The first night at sea, Flora meets an attractive man, Bunny Harrington, and on the second day, she's the first to spot a corpse on deck. Frank Parnell's body bears a large bruise and a deep gash on the back of his head, but Flora alertly notices that there's no blood beneath him. Despite this, the ship's doctor and captain quickly dismiss her suspicions of foul play. Flora's relationship with Bunny offers few surprises, and for a woman familiar with Freud, she's implausibly slow to recognize what she feels toward him. Davison (Trencarrow Secret) also fails to evoke the claustrophobia other ship-based murder mysteries have mustered.