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Santorini. Turquoise seas, ancient ruins and beautiful sunsets.
And a woman thrown from a cliff.
The violent death shocks fellow passengers of the Empress Louise, a grand cruise liner packed with British tourists.
For newly promoted Inspector Nikos Stephanakis, the case poses linguistic and cultural problems. His request for assistance yields unexpected results.
DI Beatrice Stubbs, called in as support, flies to Greece. What with tension at home, the timing couldn’t be better. She anticipates a few days in the sun and a swift resolution.
But when an earlier death at sea proves suspicious and an elderly lady is killed in her cabin, terror spreads like contagion. Murder is aboard.
And someone has Beatrice in his sights.
From the Cyclades to the Dodecanese, Nikos and Beatrice pursue the killer and unearth a secret.
Revenge is a dish best served cold.
“With characters you love to hate, and just plain adore, Cold Pressed is a perfect balance of suspense, crime, and literary genius.” – Jessica Bell, publisher of Vine Leaves Literary Journal
JJ Marsh has worked as an actor, teacher, writer, director, editor, journalist and cultural trainer all over Europe. Now based in Switzerland, she has published four novels, a book of shorts and co-authored a how-to for indie publishers. She is the Swiss representative for the Alliance of Independent Authors, a regular columnist for Words with JAM magazine and Diplaced Nation, and founder member of Triskele Books author collective. She lives with her husband and three dogs, and in an attic overlooking a cemetery, she writes.
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After Behind Closed Doors, Raw Material and Tread Softly, JJ Marsh has once again excelled in the international crime field with the fourth in the Beatrice Stubbs series, Cold Pressed. This time the author takes us to the idyllic island of Santorini, and the docked cruise ship, the Empress Louise. The brutal death of one the British passengers leads Inspector Nikos Stephanakis to request assistance and Beatrice Stubbs flies to Greece, hoping for a bit of a holiday herself. However, it becomes quickly obvious that the killer won’t stopped at one passenger, and Nikos and Beatrice team up to try and stop him before Beatrice herself becomes a victim. The plot is brilliant, fast-paced and full of suspense, and had me turning the pages right to a very satisfying end. The author wonderfully evokes the cruise ship atmosphere of fear and paranoia, as well as the sights, tastes and smells of Greece, and I would highly recommend JJ Marsh’s latest intriguing crime thriller to lovers of intelligent crime fiction.