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Cold Grave

(Dr. Anya Crichton #6)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  619 ratings  ·  88 reviews
It feels like the safest place on earth. A family-friendly, floating palace. But, as Anya Crichton soon discovers, cruise ships aren't all that they seem...Statistics tell us that a woman is twice as likely to be sexually assaulted on a cruise ship than on dry land. Customers aren't screened, so the ships are a haven for sex offenders and paedophiles. With no policing, and ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number 6 in the Dr. Anya Crichton series.

It’s got to be said that when Kathryn Fox take on a topic, no matter how confronting, she pulls no punches.
In Cold Grave she tackles the, date rape drug issue; along with the environmental horror show that major ocean liners leave behind in their wake.

After successfully completing a case in New York with a football club Anya has been sent home on a luxury liner as a mark of gratitude from the CEO of the football club. To share in her treat Anya has her so
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I finished Cold Grave last night and....Hmm, it was just ok for me.
This is the 6th book in the Anya Crichton series of which I have read all, with #7 waiting on my shelf to be read.

I don't think K.Fox excelled herself with this one and I gave it 3*s because it was just ok.
I believe there is an overload of excess statistical information on environmental waste and sustainability issues within the cruise liner industry which is plonked into the story in blocks that don't merge or it get
Dale Harcombe
May 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Two and a half stars.
People who read gritty crime novels will probably enjoy this book. That is not me, but still I decided to give it a go.
The characters of forensic physician Dr Anya Crichton and her ex husband Martin are interesting. They are both on a cruise with their six year old son, Ben. But what was supposed to be a relaxing cruise turns into the cruise from hell, when the body of a young teenage girl is discovered stuffed in a cupboard. With clues having been washed away Anya volunteer
Anya has been looking forward to a relaxing cruise back to Sydney from the US. In particular having more time to spend with her son Ben and ex husband Martin who brought Ben out to the US to see her. However, when a young girl is found wet, cold and not breathing on deck, Martin and Anya get involved in trying to save her and then in finding out how she came to be there.

This promised to be a good, investigative story into the use of drugs and the behaviour of party animals on cruise ships, howev
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Cold Grave is the 6th book by Kathryn Fox featuring forensic physician, Dr Anya Crichton, and after the first few pages I was barely able to tear myself away.

Cleverly plotted with multiple threads that provide intriguing mystery and thrilling action, Cold Grave is a fantastic read. Inspired in part by the death of Australian Dianne Brimble, a mother of three who was drugged, raped and left to die by a group of men during a cruise in 2002, Fox creates a compelling story exploring the seedier sid
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and finished it in a day. I liked the characters and found the story exciting and interesting. I also understood that she had based her story loosely on the Diane Brimble case. However I did feel from time to time that she became a little heavy handed with her opinions of the cruise ship industry in its entirety. If the reader had never been on a cruise this book would be enough to prevent them from ever doing so. So a book where you just suspend belief and go along for the f ...more
Another wonderful thriller by Aussie author Kathryn Fox! Dr Anya Crichton had just completed a case and received a trip on the luxury cruise ship, Paradisio, all expenses paid, with her six year old son, Ben. Also along on the cruise is Anya’s ex-husband, Martin, who cares for Ben full time.

Anya and Ben are sharing a cabin, while Martin is below decks in a small, very noisy cabin…The morning after their departure from Fiji, the three of them went to the pool deck for a swim, well before breakfas
4.5★ Another fantastic Anya Crichton. I started this the day I boarded a Princess cruise ship - and I was hoping that Princess Cruises was very different from whichever line the Paradisio - the ship that Anya was sailing on in this book - was a part of! Certainly behaviour onboard a Princess ship when I was on her last was very different from that on the Paradisio, and it seemed different this time as well - thankfully! I still enjoyed some of the insights into the cruising industry and things I ...more
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
2 1/2 stars
I have read the entire Dr Anya Crichton series and feel that this is perhaps the weakest. Whilst the main characters are likable and a known entity that I feel comfortable with, the narrative for me felt a little preachy – and I think this spoilt rather than enhanced the story. I felt we were lectured on a range of issues including but not limited to exploitation of labourers from third world countries, cruise ship ecological damage/pollution, excesses of wealth – in the form of over
Nick Davies
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
There's the makings of a decent story in the Tess Gerritsen / Kathy Reichs mould here - though Fox then throws in a whole raft of conspiracy and bangs the drums of environmentalism and male chauvinism so loud it obscures what plot there was. That's not to say these aren't worth seriously talking about, just that they began to feel like they were shouted in your face a bit much by a hysterical woman here.

Which is my main problem with the book - the central character Dr. Anya Crichton is very unli
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book, but the thoughts of both story lines and what they were describing were rather horrific. The plot twists came thick and fast, and kept me guessing what is going on. The climax was incredibly late, fast paced and rather gripping. I would have preferred more of a resolution for everything, but I guess I will have to read the next book in the series soon.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another exciting installment from the world of Anya Crichton, Forensic physician, and it didn't disappoint. The setting of a cruise ship added to the complications and difficulties of identifying and catching the murderer and the atmosphere was brilliant. ...more
May 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Anya Crichton is looking forward to spending some quality time with her son…even if he ex-husband is in tow. Shortly after boarding their all expenses paid cruise, a teenage girl is found dead. Is she a victim of excess or is there a killer on board? Unable to leave her work behind, Anya becomes involved in the investigation and soon finds out there’s more to the cruise industry than meets the eye.

I think this is the end of this series for me. Whilst I enjoyed the first few books, this one had e
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fox is known to pen excellent books and this one did not fall short. Her second consecutive novel that takes us away from life in Australia, we still see forensic physician Anya Crichton in her key role as crime solver and lady of mystery. That said, the entire story takes place aboard a less than usual venue, a cruise ship. While it does seem unorthodox, Fox displays a great knowledge of these tourist vessels and sets the story (as well as the murders) in the perfect setting, without making the ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed with the book. I was looking for a good mystery/crime novel to read, and read some good reviews about this book. This is the first Kathryn Fox novel I have read. I found the characters superficial, and could not feel empathy towards any of them. By the end of the book I did not really care what happened to any of them. The plot was not very credible and rather convoluted and whilst I finished the book, it was a bit of a struggle. On the good side, I learnt a little about what ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Cold Grave represents the sixth book in the Anna Crichton series by Kathryn Fox and the second I’ve had the pleasure of reading. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, reading in just two days, another case of not wanting to put the book down due to a gripping storyline and fast paced narrative.

One of the things that intrigued me about this book – long before I’d had chance to read it – was the fact that the book was set – in its entirety – on board a cruise ship. Many years ago I sailed from Australia
Simone Sinna
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cold Grave by Kathryn Fox
I’ve followed the progress of this novelist and her character Anya Crichton with interest, partly because she’s another Aussie health professional and partly because she seems to have at least partly cracked into the same league as Patricia Cornwell and a number of other authors (eg Tess Gerristen) who combine medicine and crime. Cold Grave is the latest in the series, and as with the others also has an ongoing romance/social complications in the background.
For me this b
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Not the best in the Anya Crichton series. Less forensic thriller than previous books in the series, and from my perspective the plot meandered along without reaching any great heights. Nevertheless, still an enjoyable enough read, and it certainly opened my eyes up to the hi-jinx that occurs on luxury cruises and the issues with legal jurisdiction when on the high seas. Hopefully the next installment in this series is back to the very high standards of previous Kathryn Fox books.
May 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cnf
I used to really like this series. It has been a few years since I read anything by Fox, and this reintroduction was a disappointment. It's been so long that I don't know if the issue is with me or with Fox, but the magic was gone. First of all, I didn't like the third person point of view. It didn't make me feel connected to the story or the characters, but the main reason I stopped reading it was the preachiness of the writing. I have never been on a cruise, and now, thanks to Fox, I never wan ...more
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This is another Audio book I picked up randomly at the library because it sounded like it could be interesting.

>The narrator did an outstanding job. Probably the most talented narrator I've heard so far. The accents & the voices were incredible. Kudos.

>The main characters were Aussie's!!! oi oi oi. It's not often an Australian takes the main lead unless you're reading an Australian book based in Australia about Australians. We do occasionally leave Australia, just saying. True, this series
Nov 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-n-psych
This was my first Kathryn Fox read and I'm now looking forward to my next. It was fascinating reading about what goes on behind the scene of luxury liners. I went on one three years ago and had considered going on another because it had been so relaxing. After reading this book, however, I'm hardly keen to play a part in adding to the environmental damage these floating hotels cause. ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A more traditional whodunnit than Kathryn Fox’s other Anya Crichton books. Anya, her ex-husband, and son anticipate a relaxing cruise only to find themselves knee-deep in bodies. Interesting info about the legal and environmental aspects of cruise ships and a compelling set of murders. Just not sure how the title “Cold Grave” was relevant ...
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of the better novels in the Anya Crichton series. Loved the cruise liner setting, having been on a few myself, but felt that a cruise ship would have had better security and more security personnel.
Nicky Mottram
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Another good read, if a little far fetched in places xx
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
always good pulp fiction
Holly Davis
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting setting - cruise ship. Not the best writing though.
Sam Hendry
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite liked this book - didn’t realise it was #6 but never mind!! Will probably keep an eye open for other books by her.
Samantha Poxon
This was ok for me. It seemed a bit slow until the last few chapters and I didn't really enjoy that there were two mysteries going on that weren't linked. ...more
Ber Spiteri
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good and easy read. Enjoyed it. It's obvious that the author went into a lot of research before writing the book. Some things are explained very clearly and makes the book more interesting ...more
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Kathryn Fox is a medical practitioner with a special interest in forensic medicine who currently lives in Sydney, Australia.Her debut novel, MALICIOUS INTENT, received international acclaim, won the 2005 Davitt award for adult fiction and was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly best debut novel award. In addition, it toppled The Da Vinci Code to become  the no. 1 crime book on Amazon in the UK and Germa


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