Murder on Deck!: Shipboard & Shoreline Mystery Stories

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The sea itself has always been a mystery--cold, dark, vast, and unfathomable--indifferent to human wishes and perilous to the ill-prepared. So what more appropriate setting for the ultimate human mystery, the seemingly unsolvable murder.

In Murder on Deck! Rosemary Herbert proves that the opulence of the cruise ship and seaside resort has attracted some of the greatest writers in the genre. From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Viola Brothers Shore to William ...

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Overview

The sea itself has always been a mystery--cold, dark, vast, and unfathomable--indifferent to human wishes and perilous to the ill-prepared. So what more appropriate setting for the ultimate human mystery, the seemingly unsolvable murder.

In Murder on Deck! Rosemary Herbert proves that the opulence of the cruise ship and seaside resort has attracted some of the greatest writers in the genre. From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Viola Brothers Shore to William Faulkner, Ellery Queen, John Mortimer, Susan Moody, and many others, Murder on Deck! offers 25 stories that plumb the depths of ghastly crimes. Many of these stories take place on luxury liners, or holiday shorelines, where mostly privileged vacationers have sought a pleasant and highly civilized escape from their daily lives. Imagine their chagrin when murder is thrust into their midst and the high tide of anxiety rolls in. Our detectives, too, are often on vacation, taking time off from pondering the impenetrable and are thus forced into a busman's holiday of restoring order and calm to a shattered idyll. In addition to acclaimed stories in English, Murder on Deck! sails into international waters with stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia), Saho Sasazawa (Japan), and for the first time ever in English, Chris Rippen (The Netherlands). Dutch author Janwillem van de Wetering rewrote his 1985 story "Messing About in Boats," especially for this anthology.

A marvelous collection for the mystery lover or armchair traveler, and perfect reading for any vacation, especially the ocean cruise or trip to the beach, Murder on Deck! weighs anchor and heads for the high seas of unforgettable intrigue and watertight suspense.

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Aimed at vacationing readers, this collection of 25 stories plumbs seaside resorts and oceanbound ships for the ultimate mystery experience. Authors range from Ellery Queen, Agatha Christie, and Georges Simenon to Gabriel Garca Mrquez, Saho Sasazawa, and Janwillem van de Wetering. A likely purchase.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195086034
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosemary Herbert is mystery book review columnist for the Boston Herald, coeditor with Tony Hillerman of The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories, editor of Twelve American Crime Stories, and editor in chief of the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing. She lives in Newtonville, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
The "Gloria Scott" 3
The Ship's Run 19
The Mackenzie Case 34
Problem at Sea 51
Sail 64
Hand upon the Waters 92
The Boat Race Murder 104
The Adventure of the Murdered Ship 114
Two Bodies on a Barge 127
Invisible Hands 138
The Sailing Club 153
Honeymoon Cruise 163
The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship 179
Invitation from the Sea 184
Where is Thy Sting? 199
The Theft of the Bingo Card 210
Rumpole at Sea 225
Oh, Who Hath Done This Deed? 257
The Man Who Rowed for the Shore 267
Messing About in Boats 275
With a Little Help from My Friends 292
Ferry Noir 309
Credits 329
Index 331
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