The Riverboat Mystery by Faith Martin blog tour #bookreview @FaithMartin_Nov @JoffeBooks @Books_n_all

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Riverboat Mystery by Faith Martin.

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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.

MY THOUGHTS

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

If you would like to purchase The Riverboat Mystery, you can do so by clicking on one of the following links below. 

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WWW Wednesday – 13th February 2019

WWW Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Taking On A World Of Words to record and share our weekly reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

After the Eclipse by [Dorricott, Fran]

A little girl is abducted during the darkness of a solar eclipse. Her older sister was supposed to be watching her. She is never seen again.

Sixteen years later and in desperate need of a fresh start, journalist Cassie Warren moves back to the small town of Bishop’s Green to live with her ailing grandmother. When a local girl goes missing just before the next big eclipse, Cassie suspects the disappearance is connected to her sister – that whoever took Olive is still out there. But she needs to find a way to prove it, and time is running out.

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What have I recently finished?

THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY an absolutely gripping whodunit from a million-selling author by [MARTIN, FAITH]

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.

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What am I hoping to read next?

Last Lullaby: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 2) by [Wyer, Carol]

Charlotte’s baby is safe. But is she?

When the body of young mother Charlotte Brannon is discovered by her husband in their immaculate, silver bedroom, Detective Natalie Ward is first on the scene. The killer has left a chilling calling card: the word ‘Why?’ written on the wall in blood.

Determined to find justice, Natalie quickly discovers the husband is hiding a troubled past, and she’s sure the teenage babysitter’s alibi doesn’t quite add up.

But before Natalie can dig deeper, another mother is murdered, her young son left distraught, staring at a fresh ‘who’ scrawled beside her.

Natalie knows it’s only a matter of time before the killer strikes again, but all the key suspects have alibis. It’s her toughest case yet, and with her marriage hanging by a thread, the cracks are beginning to show.

Just when Natalie finds an unsettling clue she thinks could solve the case, another young woman and her baby disappear, and a member of Natalie’s team is put in terrible danger.

Can Natalie stop this twisted killer and save one of her own before more families are torn apart forever?

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So that’s it for this week. What are you all currently reading and what have you just finished? It’ll be great to read your comments.