Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Riverboat Mystery by Faith Martin.
Jenny Starling has a job on a luxury paddle steamer working for a wealthy businessman. All she has to do is cook for his small number of guests. But things quickly turn sour.
Then she discovers the body of one of the passengers in the store cupboard. Who wanted him dead and why?
Jenny will have to ignore many red herrings and follow the clues to get to the bottom of a complex and intriguing murder mystery.
This is the third of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page.
Faith Martin is an author who has been on my radar for a while, so I was excited to get round to reading The Riverboat Mystery. This novel was originally titled Dying for a Cruise and written under Faith’s pen name Joyce Cato.
This is the third novel in the Jenny Starling series, but it can very easily be read as a stand-alone. This is a really well-written, old fashioned, English murder mystery, set aboard a luxurious boat which is the pride and joy of its owner. Name any price, and he would never dream of selling it. As the guests begin to arrive, the tension begins to simmer, and frictions between them start to occur. And then as the cruise gets underway, the body of one of the guests is found. It is clear to Jenny and the police that the killer is already on board and is one of the guests.
Although the mystery here takes some time to build, I found the characters to be brilliantly engaging. I loved Jenny; she is serious about her job and only expects the finest of ingredients to work with. Her employer was an intriguing character, and I have to say that I think his parrot stole the show in some scenes and added some excellent humour.
Jenny is an amateur sleuth, and bodies tend to turn up wherever she is based. She reluctantly gets involved as the police investigation develops. Faith Martin did keep me guessing as there were plenty of motives that could have been the reason why one of the guests was killed.
This was an engaging murder mystery, and I was interested to find out who had committed the crime. It is a fairly quick read that will keep you hooked and fascinated by the characters. If I had one criticism, it would be that I felt the second half after the body is found, was a little rushed, but overall I found it to be a very good read. If you’re a fan of cosy crime, then this book should definitely be on your TBR pile.
Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw at Books n All Book Promotions for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for sending me a copy of the book to review.
Publisher: Joffe Books
Publication date: 3rd February 2019
Print length: 199 pages
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