NEW YORK 1900. A thrilling, historical, murder mystery on-board the maiden voyage of the S.S. Minneapolis featuring series character Flora Maguire. For fans of Downton Abbey
Young governess Flora Maguire is on her way home from America on the maiden voyage of the S.S. Minneapolis with her young charge Eddy, Viscount Trent, when she discovers a dead body.
Unconvinced when the death is pronounced an accident, Flora starts asking questions, but following threats, a near drowning and a second murder, the hunt is on for a killer. Time is running out as the Minneapolis approaches the English coast.
Will Flora be able to protect Eddy, as well as herself, and uncover the identity of the murderer?
Is her burgeoning relationship with the handsome Bunny Harrington only a shipboard dalliance, or something more?
REVIEW BY JENNIFER WELLS - author of The Liar from Aria Fiction
When I finished this book I felt as if I had just disembarked from a voyage on board an Edwardian passenger ship. I had not been aware that I had become so engrossed in the story.
This is an old fashioned type of mystery, much like those of Agatha Christie, yet the amount of period detail, especially that about the ship, gives the story an extra depth. The scene where the waves come crashing over the deck will stay with me for a long time.
The plot centres on governess, Flora, as she accompanies Eddy, her spirited charge, on a voyage back home to England. Flora is painfully aware that her first class ticket will not buy her acceptance among the upper class passengers, although she soon learns that several of her travelling companions are not what they seem.
Managing her precarious social standing among the other guests turns out to be the least of Flora’s worries when she discovers the body of a man who she alone believes did not die by accident. This assertion and her inquisitive nature drive her to discover more clues, another body, criminal activity and a society scandal. Yet Flora and the reader are left guessing the identity of the murderer right until the final scene.
I was surprised how involving this story became. I felt as if I really was on board the ship and mingling with the characters. When I put my Kindle down, I could still smell the sea air.
|Jennifer Wells author of The Liar from Aria Fiction|
Murder at Cleeve Abbey, the second book in the Flora Maguire Mysteries is scheduled for release on 1st December from Aria Fiction