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Grave Passage

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  106 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
With only days until their final port, the passengers of the Contessa Voyager learn that their guest lecturer, an ex-F.B.I. profiler, has been found hanging from the ship's rock-climbing wall. Suddenly their balmy, carefree idyll on the Caribbean is fraught with danger and anxiety. Will someone else be next? What can the shipping line do to ease the passengers fears? Clear ...more
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published May 7th 2010 by Glencannon Press (first published 2009)
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Nov 16, 2014 Eric_W rated it really liked it
I love ships, but I remember being horribly seasick way back when I was a child and we took transatlantic liners to Europe so naturally I have always been reluctant to do what I’d really like to do and which my father did -- sail on a freighter sometime. I love the looks of the classic liner, even the modern cruise ship’s lines have appeal. But after watching YouTube videos of cruises and seeing the number of passengers they cram on board with golf courses and rock climbing and shopping and all ...more
Jun 17, 2013 Debbie rated it it was amazing
This is the first time that I've enjoyed a character so much that the plot became secondary. By half way through the book, I didn't care if the mystery got solved or not, I was having so much fun laughing. Henry Grave is my hero!

Here you'll find the best kind of humor - the unexpected kind. When I reach 84, I hope to be half as interesting as Henry. I loved that he had no qualms about using his age to his advantage. It certainly illustrated that people only see what they expect to see. And it's
Jul 30, 2013 Meg rated it really liked it
What a fantastic breezy summer read. If you are looking for beach reading, I highly recommend picking this one up.
Robert Cohen
Jun 10, 2013 Robert Cohen rated it it was amazing
Let me begin my Goodreads career by saying that I will never leave negative feedback on a book. Why you ask (yes, you, the one person left who is still reading this). Because I subscribe to Nancy Pearl's Rule of 50 (which at my age should be the rule of 37).

I recommend this rule to all serious readers. Too many books, not enough years.

So I will never leave a negative feedback because if it's a bad book, I don't get past page 50.

On to Grave Passage. There i
Jul 08, 2013 Joann rated it liked it
Maybe it's just me or my age or both, but I didn't love this book or the character all that much. He is 84 and I'm 71 and I just can't see a man being that active(in a lot of ways) at that age. Yes, it did have its funny moments and they did make me chuckle at times. I was interested in it enough to finish the book. I received this on my Kindle and Amazon gave it great reviews but I can't agree with the over 4 rating. I have other mystery series that I follow that I just enjoy more.
Jun 11, 2013 Kay rated it really liked it
Enjoyable murder mystery with octogenarian investigator!
Jun 20, 2013 Glenna rated it liked it
Good little mystery ... it's an 84 year old Columbo solving a murder on a cruise ship. Fun read.
Cynthia Maddox
Jan 13, 2015 Cynthia Maddox rated it it was amazing
I gave this five stars because that's all they allow! Mr. Doonan delivers an excellent mystery and he serves it with a stylish and funny central character. And Henry Grave redefines the word character. If you have an 84 year old uncle or grandfather you may recognize the type - a WWII vet who has done virtually any job out there and who has lived a life that is filled with amazing and tragic events and as a result, developed a clear code of ethics that can rub folks the wrong way . He'll help yo ...more
Oct 05, 2014 Rusty rated it liked it
Shelves: detective
Entertaining. Of the genre of the "bumbling detective who always gets his man," in this case, apparently for the over 70 set. The main character is an 84 year old investigator for the international cruising association or something, and all the books in this series take place on a cruise. There's a fair amount of discussion of his hearing aid, his glasses, his titanium hip, how he falls asleep all the time, which I suspect might be more interesting to me 30-40 years from now. I'd prefer a few mo ...more
LLona Cunningham
Jun 19, 2013 LLona Cunningham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Laughed my way through the whole thing. Great cast of characters all completely believable, wonderful portrayal of life on a cruise ship. Love the 84-yr-old protagonist in his role as investigator-on-assignment who can physically step up when needed, but who inadvertently power-naps when he didn't intend it. Think Sean Connery in this part today, and the antics become completely believable. So is the mystery story, which was a delight -- I didn't guess the answer until the end. I will definitely ...more
Sally Malkowski
Jun 16, 2013 Sally Malkowski rated it it was amazing
What can I say to get you to read this laugh-a-minute book ? Henry Grave is a bumbling, 84 YEAR OLD, Columbo-type inspector sent to solve an on ship murder. Did I mention bumbling? It wasn't a slip, because while it appears he is, the reader quickly determines he is spot on. Did I mention he’s sexy, a ladies’ man, well built, a party-hardy kind of guy? Nope, cause I wouldn't know that first hand. But he sees himself as such. Did I mention he mistakes a breath mint for Viagra?

Great summer read. E
Sep 19, 2013 Christy rated it liked it
This was an entertaining book with a bit of a twist on the typical PI mystery. This one takes place on a cruise ship, and the PI is in his 80s (I don't remember exactly how old). He's a likable fellow, with some old guy humor mixed in (he keeps falling asleep in random places and often says something other than what he really means). It was hard to tell if the character was being funny on purpose or if he was truly forgetting what he meant to say. Either way it was entertaining.
Les Henson
Jun 19, 2013 Les Henson rated it it was amazing
Absolutely the best humorous mystery i have ever read, better than Evanavich. So funny i laughed put loud. The mystery was good, very intricate. An 84 year old detective a a great concept .great picture. Of an active senior showing the foibles of age. It will help you recognize the normal aging process as opposed to altzhiemers .The picture of life on a cruise is spot on. If you want to just enjoy yourself for a while try this geriatric romp on the high seas.
Although this is the first book in the series, I read it after Aleutian Grave because I had gotten the latter free some time ago. It was good enough to make me read more about Henry, who I think is a refreshing change in protagonists.

I thought this book was actually a little better written and tighter than Aleutian.

Good read--recommended.
Apr 20, 2014 Gigi rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I had such fun reading this humorous mystery that I finished it in two days. 84-year-old Henry Grave is a PI sent to investigate a murder on a cruise ship. I was expecting a nice traditional mystery, and this book delivered that -- plus a wildly entertaining hero who had me smiling and laughing the whole way through.
Kendra West-barry
May 29, 2014 Kendra West-barry rated it really liked it
This book made me laugh out loud several times. Henry Grave is amazing! I love this character. He is a man with an interesting past, a great sense of humor, and a gift for discernment. I thought that a cruise ship was a wonderful setting for the story. This book made me want to take a cruise & buy Henry a pina colada. I'm definitely reading the next book in the series.
Sep 07, 2013 Leann rated it liked it
I read this in Kindle edition. While the idea of an elderly crime investigator was interesting, I found the plot moved along slowly winding up mostly at the end. Also, annoying was how often the character missed or was terribly late to appointments with other character and nobody seemed to mind.
Oct 15, 2014 Betsy rated it did not like it
I'm sure I reviewed this book,but it doesn't seem to be there. I do not like Henry Grave. I do not like the book. The jokes are not funny, and I think his ego is misplaced. There are some incorrectly used words as well.
D. Wickles
Aug 20, 2015 D. Wickles rated it it was amazing
Once again I loved the old guy sleuth (Henry Grave) in this series and I love reading about the cruises.
Stephen Stringham
hard to put down

I read book one after reading a later story. this was entertaining and I wanted to keep reading even with other things to do.
Apr 24, 2016 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I agree with Robert Cohen I will never give a negative review. If I don't like a book I will not rate it. That said, I really enjoyed this book.
Barbara Klaimy
Jun 11, 2014 Barbara Klaimy rated it really liked it
Maybe you have to be over 70 to like this book, I found it funny at times and predictable in other. An easy read
Jan 06, 2014 Gretchen rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this mystery novel GRAVE PASSAGE. I wish I'd written it. William Doonan has got a new fan.
Kim Hammond-beyer
Oct 05, 2014 Kim Hammond-beyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read

entertaining murder mystery set on cruise ship. 84 year old investigator, ladies man, enjoyer of food and drink. read the second one first, enjoyed both.
Feb 02, 2014 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-free
This book needs a little polish ("desert menu," for example), but surprisingly I rather liked it. The main character was unusual, which made him interesting. I wouldn't mind seeing more.
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