As a kid and teen, mystery didn’t much interest me because I was more interested in books about adventure, magic and romance. I am still very much into those kinds of books though as I get older my tastes are expanding to appreciate some mystery novels, historical romance, fantasy and sci-fi.
I was so happy when I was contacted about receiving a digital copy of a book that is about a mystery set in the early 1900s on a large ship bound for England and I of course accepted!
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Flora Maguire is Governess to the young Edward, Viscount Trent who are both traveling on the maiden voyage of the SS Minneapolis from New York to London. They had attended his eldest sister’s wedding with his parents and are bound for home while his parents do a tour around the United States.
Flora notices something peculiar about a man and woman who seem to be fighting about something though she soon puts the thought away while caught in the excitement of taking off from the dock and trying to get settled into her shared quarters with her young charge. When Eddy goes off to dinner, Flora walks the deck for a bit of fresh air and encounters Bunny Harrington who she finds herself drawn to.
Not even a day later, Flora is walking the promenade deck and happens to glance down at a set of narrow steps that lead to the Salon Deck and at the bottom appears to be a pile of clothing. Curious about the bundle, she moves closer and finds to her shock that it’s actually a person, one of the people she noticed having a disagreement the day before and who is now dead.
A crew member shows up shortly afterwards and a Doctor is sent for and is deemed an accident. Flora is quite sure it wasn’t accidental though not many seem to believe her and think she may be just experiencing shock. Determined to find out if it really was accidental or murder, Flora sets out to discover what happened and is determined to get to the bottom of things.
With her growing attraction for Mr. Harrington, keeping an eye on her young charge and trying to solve a mystery, Flora has a lot on her plate. It will take determination, a bit of luck and perseverance to juggle this combination and she just may be in over her head though Flora is not one to give up easily and just may have a few tricks up her sleeve to hopefully solve this death and catch the potential culprit.
This book was such a pleasure to read. The descriptions were so well done that I could almost imagine being on the ship and seeing the events take place. Anita really has a way with words and I found myself really liking Flora. It’s amazing how just a few details can later be a big help and she could very well be a female version of Sherlock Holmes.
I also enjoyed reading about the budding romance between Bunny and Flora who were so adorable from the moment they met and give me lots of warm fuzzies.
If you’re looking for a cozy mystery set mostly on a ship in the late 19th Century that has adventure, humor, romance and wonderful descriptions of life during that time, I highly recommend this book!
I’m so glad there are two other books in this series for me to enjoy and I hope there may be more in the future!
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