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Murder on the Salsette (George Porter Dillman & Genevieve Masefield #6)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  125 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Genevieve Masefield and George Porter Dillman make a living anonymously, cruising the seven seas aboard the early twentieth century's most extravagant sailing vessels as ship's detectives. In this line of work they've experienced more than their share of humanity. Along with the members of first class in all their finery, the card cheats and pickpockets plying their trade, ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Minotaur Books
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Nancy Oakes
Here we are at number 6, and once again it's the same sort of crimes that have plagued Dillman and Masefield in the past. Nothing's changed but the name of the ship and the fact that they are not on the Cunard line any more. Arrgh!

This time our somewhat less than dynamic detective duo are aboard the Salsette, making their way from Bombay to Aden. Once again, Genevieve makes friends with those in first class, while George does his thing with the second class passengers. As the ship sets sail, al
Laura Edwards
Apr 09, 2016 Laura Edwards rated it liked it
Another enjoyable adventure with George and Genevieve. The mystery, however, was not nearly as clever or complex as previous efforts. And the banter between George and Genevieve is terribly stilted at times. I do believe this series may be running out of steam, especially as there is little character development. I can see why the series ends after just eight books. There's just not much more one can do.
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George Dillman and Genevieve Maesfield are working on the P&O steamer from Bombay to Aden. George loved the vibrant city of Bombay but his first new friend, Mr. Dudley Nevin hates India. A Civil Servant, he's spent his career in the hot, steamy environment and would welcome a change. On board the ship he encounters a man from his past who gives him a black look. Dillman is certainly intrigued. Genevieve has her hands full with an invalid woman, Constance Simcoe, and her daughter Tab
Lisa Kucharski
Jul 04, 2014 Lisa Kucharski rated it liked it
A mystery aboard a smaller cruise ship, that is sailing from Bombay to Aden. It takes place in 1909 and is a very chatty mystery, lots and lots of dialogue. The main investigators are a recently married couple who must appear to be single for their work. There is a murder aboard as well as thefts. But little by little the bits of evidence are found and worked upon. It's a pretty realistic detective mystery in that the detectives are smart but aren't superhuman smart and know who the bad guy is a ...more
Sep 07, 2014 George rated it really liked it
#6 in the American George Dillman & English Genevieve Masefield mystery series. They are shipboard detectives working for the P and O line and are sailing from Bombay to Aden on the Salsette in 1909. On this voyage, they have to track down a thief who is stealing passenger valuables and then a murder. The thief and murderer are among 200 passenger.

The story follows the pattern of the first five, but is still interesting as the cast of characters change and each new cruise provides a new grou
Kara Jorges
Dec 19, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it liked it
Married shipboard sleuthing pair, George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield, are once again on the high seas, this time aboard the Salsette, sailing from India. Working undercover, George and Genevieve have separate accommodations in first class, settling in for an uneventful cruise which is soon livened up by a series of thefts and a murder. Genevieve doesn’t hit it off with the mysterious first theft victim, Madame Roussel, but does make friends with young Tabitha Simcoe and her wheelchair-bound ...more
Sara K.
Mar 05, 2008 Sara K. rated it liked it
Sometimes I enjoy a nice murder mystery. They usually are light and entertaining (which I realize is saying something since murder in the central theme)and often have multiple books in the series, which I really like if I find a good one. I usually choose books that are very low on horror and very high on sleuthing. This one is set (as the others in the series) on a ship in the early 19th century and has repeated characters from the previous book Ir ead in this series.
Jan 05, 2013 Cornelia rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I've read in the series. I do plan to read all of them. This series is so charming and this book is a true delight. It's 1909 and the husband and wife ship detectives, George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield are traveling on the luxury passenger ship, the Salsette, from India to England. Along with interesting passengers and the delights of first class dining and bridge playing are thefts and a murder to solve.
Ruth Ellen
Jul 12, 2012 Ruth Ellen rated it really liked it
If you read Mr.Allen, his books are a slow read but I have yet to solve his mysteries. He puts a lot of details that bog it down and goes off in three or four different directions. but he finally puts the clues together and solves in the last pages of the book.
Jul 09, 2014 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Somehow I read this one out of order but it was still another fun episode in the Dillman & Maze field (or should I say Dillman & Dillman?) mysteries. These are great vacation reads.
Aug 19, 2008 Samantha rated it it was ok
Fluffy, fast read. Entertaining, but somewhat predictable. That being said, it nicely rounded out my 'theme reading' project for that particular cruise vacation.
Aug 01, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it
Another fine entry in this series. I never saw the ending coming, just the way I like it.
Apr 05, 2016 Lynn rated it really liked it
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Aug 12, 2013 Cherie rated it liked it
Fun, quick, easy summer read.
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