But when a guest collapses during the second sitting at table two - and then later dies - and other strange things start happening on board, Casey finds herself involved in trying to uncover the truth behind the bizarre turn of events - helped by the gorgeous Cruise Doctor, Samuel Mallory.
©2008 Stella Whitelaw; (P)2009 Soundings
This is one of the dullest and most disjointed books I have ever read, not helped at all by that rarity (in my experience)....poor narration by a British reader.
I've never been on a cruise, so thought this one would be interesting, and it delivered pretty much what I expected - a mystery from the point-of-view of an employee, rather than a (detective) passenger. Casey makes for a good protagonist, keeping the romantic angle to a minimum, although she does mention Dr. Samuel Mallory's looks at every opportunity; I had more of a "chick lit" issue with her exhaustive description of just about everything she and many (female) passengers wore! Perhaps I wasn't paying enough attention, but I didn't come away with a good idea of her looks, nor really her age either: willowy enough, as a former dancer, and likely 25 - 35 was about as close as I could manage.
The mystery angle was, as some reviewers have noted, a bit weak. However, it works well enough to propel the story overall. I'd be interested in listening to the sequel, as I felt the narrator did a good job with the material (except for mangling a couple of place names).
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