A Subtle Murder
Murder and intrigue on the Arabian Sea...
When Rose Beckingham sets sail for England in the summer of 1926, she brings more than souvenirs from her years in India. She carries the memory of a family tragedy and a secret so terrible it could destroy the new life she hopes to build in London.
But Rose isn’t the only passenger aboard the RMS Star of India with something to...more
1. summer mystery
2. fun story
I can feel you roll your eyes, but hear me out. I am a fan of dark thrillers and deep-thinker stories, but lying on the beach sand under a blazing sun in 100+ degree heat is not the time to be reading that stuff. No. I want to read a light fun story where, typically, our quirky female heroine captures the bad guy before afternoon tea. These types of stories are perfect for reading ...more
Because of the time period of this book and of course it's murder mystery, I decided to give t a try. I'm delighted that I did! Into the first chapter I knew was hooked. I knew behind her outside appearance Rose had more than a secret she was hiding. Following a devastating bomb that was thrown into the car she was riding in with family she was only one to walk away alive. She didn't come away without deep scares though, besides the one left on her face, she has the ...more
This book reminds me of watching PBS's Hercule Poirot. The observations, the way people dressed and talked, the whole atmosphere of the book. I could never figure out how Mr. Poirot figured it out nor could I figure this one out to almost the end. i had my suspicions but need the ending to confirm it.
This book is way different from the author's other writing styles. Her other books are more lighthearted, fun and easy to read. This one just takes you to another time ...more
Appropriate for teens - adults
No harsh language.
Rose Beckingham is traveling in a luxury liner from India back home to England. Her immediate family had just been tragically killed by what we'd call a terrorist. Rose was the only surviver. Now, accompanied by her parents' acquaintances, the Worthings, she becomes preoccupied by a mysterious death aboard the ship. What motive would there have been for this crime and which of her rather ...more
The mystery was OK, but I would have liked more ‘normal’ interaction between Rose and the other characters, everything was just seemed to be about the murder.
Overall I quite enjoyed the book, although I ...more
Achilles Pridoue, an obvious knockoff of Christie’s Hercule down to his mustache, but with the added gloss of handsome features, lent little to the plot. Too many anachronisms that belied the 1926 setting, and regrettable grammatical errors using subjective pronouns where objective case was indicated made me want to scream for an editor. Author needs authentic detail found only through taking the time and effort to research the period beyond a few obvious fashion observations.
There was no real reason for the main character to investigate the murder, and she did it so clumsely, blyth ly ignoring warnings of danger while proclaiming constantly that she could take care of herself, which she could not. She showed no sympathy toward the little stow away, who eventually saved her life, letting him go off into London without trying to repay him. I didn't care for her or the story at all.
Set on a passenger liner sailing from India to England in 1926. Lightweight story, very amateur and somewhat foolhardy female detective. Anachronistic language, like the use of "vibe" some 40 years too early, made me twitch big-time.
If you like Daisy Dalrymple you might want to check out this series.
I found this to be an enjoyable read. I love the 1920's time period and an ocean liner makes a good location. I found the main character to be a little silly but deeper than I at first thought. She does get herself into tight spots! I'll be interested to see what this series goes. Definitely worth reading the next one!
I received an ARC. This is my honest review.
the twist is quite clever and will make for an interesting subplot going forward. still, Rose was just difficult in asking dangerous questions and ultimately the killer sought her out. too easy. i hope she is able to do more thoughtful detecting in future books.
Blythe enjoys long walks with her dog on sweaty days, grubbing in her flower garden, cooking, and ruthlessly de-cluttering her overcrowded ...more