Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Death On A Longship by Marsali Taylor (Attica Books)

Cass Lynch is working as a waitress when she talks her way into a job skippering a Viking longship for a Hollywood film. She has been sailing since she was a child.  Her dream is to be a sailing ship's captain and she thinks her big break has finally arrived—even though it means returning home to the Shetland Islands. She hasn't been home since she ran away as a teenager to pursue her dreams of sailing.

Cass has a very complicated past including the death of a lover and being estranged from her parents. Her parents' relationship is also strange.  When a dead woman turns up on the boat’s deck, Cass and her family come under suspicion by Detective Inspector Macrae. Cass realizes she must identify the killer in order to save herself, her family, and her future as a skipper from false accusations.

There are lots of possible suspects and red herrings to keep you guessing. The characters are all interesting and everyone seems to have had a motive and opportunity to kill. I enjoyed reading this not only for the great mystery but also for information about the history and life on the island and a sail boat.  

—Helen Jones

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