Tuesday, March 17, 2009
A DEADLY SILVER SEA by Bob Morris (St. Martin's Minotaur)
My friend Stephen Hennessey has agreed to help review some books for Meritorious Mysteries. He's a former teacher and avid mystery reader. Welcome aboard, Stephen!
This was an excellent mystery. It was entirely different from the earlier ones in that the reader knew right from the start who were some of the criminals—but not all of them. It involved the high-jacking of an ultra-luxury small cruise ship. Not until well into the novel did we know the primary reason for the high-jacking.
The character of Zachary Chastayn was complex and very interesting. Characters and readers alike were kept in a state of high tension as we awaited the birth of Zach and Barbara’s baby on the ill-fated liner. Those of us who love to cruise will have anxious thoughts if we see crew members behaving strangely as they did on this ship. It all leads to an excellent conclusion. The plot was complex but not too complex for the reader to follow it with ease.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and look forward to reading more in this series.