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The Case of Cabin 13 (John Darnell #1)

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Passengers are dying on White Star Lines transatlantic ocean liners: three mysterious suicides, on three different ships, all in first-class cabins numbered 13. With the maiden voyage of their newest ship imminent -- an incomparably lavish vessel called the Titanic -- the cruise line can't afford a fourth. Professor John Darnell, the world's first and only paranormal ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 334 pages
Published April 5th 2000 by Thorndike Press (first published June 1st 1999)
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Not many surprises here. There were only a couple of choices as to who the murderer could actually be, and only an option or two as to how he would meet his demise, but my main complaint was the one incident of sexual content. And I will give the benefit of the doubt to Mr. McCarver that it wasn't him that included it but more likely the editor. I honestly do not understand the "requirement" for every type of book on the market these days to include this type of content. If you're old enough to ...more
Janet McCord
Mar 05, 2012 Janet McCord rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The premise for this book sounded thrilling: a paranormal investigator looks into why people have been committing suicide in Cabin 13 on the White Star Line's ships. He ends up in Cabin 13 on the Titanic to catch the murderer. Unfortunately the book failed to live up to my expectations. Of course everyone knows the story of the Titanic and has probably even seen the movie more than once like I have. So in that case part of the excitement was mitigated because I knew the ship was going to go ...more
Nancy Oakes
Well, this is a first of a series featuring Professor John Darnell, whose specialty is debunking unusual phenomenon. It was a little disjointed, actually; the main plot revolves around officials from the White Star Line (of Titanic fame), who have come to Professor Darnell to ask his help. It seems that for some time, the inhabitants of Cabin 13 in various White Star ships have been driven to commit suicide, and the White Star people are hoping Darnell can find some solution before word gets out ...more
Aug 31, 2010 Myhotstylist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suprisingly enough, I really enjoyed this little gem. Im not super big on historical mysteries, but this story had a few things I really love. Mystery, Action, Romance, (((The TITANIC))) and Ghost hunting. This book was fun, light reading that was hard to put down, once it got going really good.

After being hired to debunk the jinx of Cabin 13, (apparently the result of 3 suicides) Professor John Darnell boards ship to find out whats causing the deaths. He meets and falls in love with Penny duri
Joel Ungar
The Case of Cabin 13 is a pretty good story and a nice start to a new mystery series. The main characters are likable and are further brought to life by being on the Titanic. Some may quibble about interjecting these people into historic events but I thought it fit in fine to my understanding of the Titanic disaster.

Things go kind of quick in the book but I read the last 100 pages or so in one gripping sitting.
Jun 24, 2010 Deborah rated it liked it
Historically accurate account of the Titanic (with the added mystery of course)
Paranormal investigator John Darnell is hired to check out several deaths that ocurred on several White Star line ships.
He is invited on the Titanic, and along with the drama of that a murderer is on board as well.
The mystery part was so-so, but I will try another in this series.
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Weak sense of time/place. And the mystery is also weak.
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Author of six novels in John Darnell Mystery Series, published by Penguin Putnam or Five Star. Has self-published writing books: Novel Writing for Wanna-be's and Poetry Writing for Wanna-be's. Has written and performed his poetry and has taught writing for 10 years.
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