Dan, a retired executive, writes full-time. His first book BAD VIBRATIONS won numerous literary awards including the IPPY - Silver Medal, Best Regional Fiction, Murder Mystery Book of the Year - Books & Authors, and the Florida Writers Association (FWA) First Place, Published Mystery. DEATH CRUISE, his second mystery, has won several awards.
Death Cruise: A Chauncey McFadden Mysteryby Dan Anderson
Chauncey McFadden, an erudite but low-rent detective from LA, receives a frantic phone call from the president of a Miami-based cruise line. Two employees have been killed in port, and Chauncey is hired to solve the crime and prevent further atrocities. He boards the next cruise for a two-week jaunt in the Caribbean, and brings his girlfriend along as a female
Chauncey McFadden, an erudite but low-rent detective from LA, receives a frantic phone call from the president of a Miami-based cruise line. Two employees have been killed in port, and Chauncey is hired to solve the crime and prevent further atrocities. He boards the next cruise for a two-week jaunt in the Caribbean, and brings his girlfriend along as a female operative. The portly, wisecracking Chauncey has limited homicide experience but naively accepts this job thinking it will be little more than a free vacation. Death Cruise is a riveting, fast-paced story that includes a drug-smuggling cartel with voodoo roots, a corporate takeover artist thwarted in his recent attempt to seize control of the cruise line, an international assassin for hire and a drug-smuggling operation that brought cocaine into Miami from Caribbean islands. From Jamaica to the Dominican Republic; Chauncey barely escapes three attempts on his own life and muddles through a maze of murder to solve the grisly murders. Death Cruise is a serious, literate mystery written in a humorous vein.
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When two of his employees are mysteriously killed, the president of a Miami-based cruise line places a frantic call to private detective Chauncey McFadden, desperate to hire him to solve the crime. Even though he has limited experience with homicides, Chauncey gladly accepts the offer, thinking that the job will amount to little more than a free vacation; however, when he crosses paths with the likes of an international assassin, a corporate takeover artist, and a voodoo-based drug-smuggling cartel, the low-rent detective soon realizes that his latest venture will be anything but relaxing... Death Cruise is a thoroughly entertaining crime thriller. Through a skillful combination of intersecting plotlines and unsavory - though highly irresistible - characters, author Dan Anderson presents the reader with a deliciously intriguing case of whodunit set on the high seas. With the bulk of the story carried on his stout, portly shoulders, Chauncey serves as quite the compelling protagonist, one who may appear more like a league bowler than an ace detective - but whose intelligence and crime-solving prowess cannot be denied. Deftly suspenseful - and surprisingly humorous - Death Cruise is a standout mystery read. Highly recommended. Renee Washburn Apex Reviews
I just read the e-book version of Death Cruise, and let me get right to the point: Mr. Anderson is the best mystery writer in the country right now. His plots are fantastic, his characters are so vividly drawn that they jump right off the page, and the writing exceeds anything else you'll find in the genre. I'll give you an example. Chauncey, the PI, meets an attractive Miami police officer in her office and describes her departing figure as follows: "Following her was not hard duty. She had long well-toned legs, a compact derriere, and a walk that would have diverted any randy Hamlin rat from the Pied Piper's entourage." The book sparkles with such descriptions. The humor is infectious and enlivens the text immeasurably. His books always begin with a captivating sentence that immediately captures your attention and don't let go until you reach the last page. In Death Cruise, the CEO of a Miami-based cruise line calls Chauncey to investigate the murder of a couple of cruise line employees in port, and prevent further promised murders at the hands of a mysterious caller named Zunimba. Chauncey barely gets aboard when the bodies begin to pile up on the ship and on Caribbean islands. Anderson's description of Chauncey's fellow passengers are priceless and will have you in stitches. He is either an experienced cruise passenger or else has done his research well. You will learn more about cruising reading this book than by actually taking a cruise. I won't give anything else away. You'll have to read Death Cruise for yourself. I run across very few books that entertain me so thoroughly. My only complaint is that Mr. Anderson can't turn out a book every month. I am a fan for life and recommend Death Cruise without reservation.