Murder on the Celtic
When they sail from New York on the Celtic, a White Star ship, George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield face an immediate problem. They are warned that a dangerous criminal may be aboard. Genevieve excites the interest of two passengers, a Briton and an American, who compete for her attention. Also on board is the creator of the most famous fictional detective of them all - Sherlock Holmes. Dillman is delighted to meet Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but the author is soon the victim of a crime when his annotated copy of A Study in Scarlet is stolen. More thefts follow.
Sir Arthur and his wife attend a séance and Genevieve, though highly sceptical, also wishes to see the medium in action. The leisured luxury of first class is contrasted with the privations in steerage where some passengers are emigrants who were refused entry to America. One man is so distressed that he contemplates suicide. While the Celtic sails on, Dillman and Genevieve work frantically to solve the various crimes even though they put themselves in jeopardy. An interested observer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle learns the essential difference between detection in a story and in practice.
Murder on the Oceanic
George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield have to be on their mettle when the great J.P.Morgan sails to New York with them on the Oceanic, a vessel that belongs to a shipping line Morgan owns. The death of his bodyguard and the theft of priceless paintings from his stateroom throw everything into confusion.
The presence on board of an unwanted suitor for Genevieve, and a mad Welsh artist with his wife and mistress in tow, complicate an already difficult situation. The only way to placate the infuriated J.P.Morgan is to solve the murder but time is limited and there are far too many suspects.
"Conrad Allen remains the captain of the ocean cruise mystery in this fabulous whodunit."
Harriet Klausner Reviews
Murder on the Salsette
George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield have been enjoying a short honeymoon in Bombay before sailing to Aden on a P&O vessel as private detectives.
The murder of a British civil servant and a spate of thefts enliven the voyage and the detectives have to cope with villains of all nationalities. A key figure on the cosmopolitan passenger list is a young English girl who races around the deck at night on roller skates.
"The intimate picture of seaboard activity makes this an unusual, suspenseful mystery."
"The shipboard atmosphere does sparkle…"
New York Times
Murder on the Marmora
George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield set sail for Cairo on the Marmora, a small, luxury P&O cruise ship. The detectives act as unofficial bodyguards to the Duke and Duchess of Fife, but they are soon diverted by a series of thefts. A hideous murder then takes priority and they find a whole host of possible suspects.
The situation is complicated by the fact that Genevieve's former fiance is on board, and although the man is nominally on his honeymoon, he still feels impelled to corner her in her cabin. The investigation is further hampered by a problem that Dillman and Genevieve have never encountered before - a resentful and uncooperative purser.
"A clever and amusing tale of sea-bound adventure. Delightful escapism."
George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield
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|Murder on the Caronia|
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|Murder on the Oceanic|
|Murder on the Celtic|
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