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Summary

Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is.  

Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.  

Please note this book was first published as Dying for a Cruise under Faith Martin’s pen name, Joyce Cato.

Jenny Starling has a job on a luxury paddle steamer working for a wealthy businessman. All she has to do is cook for his small number of guests. But things quickly turn sour.  

Then she discovers the body of one of the passengers in the store cupboard. Who wanted him dead and why? Jenny will have to ignore many red herrings and follow the clues to get to the bottom of a complex and intriguing murder mystery. 

This is the third of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final second.  

Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.

©2019 Faith Martin (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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fascinating

narrator excellent.
gripping mystery very clever . jenny starling is
refreshingly different .
thoroughly recommend.

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Brilliant and unique

in all my years I have never read a thriller set on a paddle steamer, so this was an unusual, and educational listen. The way our protagonist works her way round the clues, leaves you in suspense until the very end. A highly recommended listen that is very well written and brilliantly narrated.

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Terrible

What has happened to Faith Martin books !!, I have read many and found them a bit farfetched but enjoyable. This is so badly written. Nonsense story, inconsistencies and dreadful dialog. No one has said "me old china" in decades. Haven't got to the end and probably won't. Frankly, I don't care 'who done it'

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Great read

A delicious who done it. Travelling cook Jenny Starling finds herself faced with another murder to solve and the police are none to happy with her presence. Most enjoyable.

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Too Far Fetched

I have liked this author. But this is a terrible book. The premis is silly. Half of the food described would take three people to cook let alone one. The plot is so far fetched to be believable. It is going back!

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good read

I am loving this series and I like the characters that are in it only some of the books are missing in the audio series

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so so

slow to get going, listened to a couple of these now and it feels a bit like Agatha Christie stories being recycled.

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Could not finish this. Uninteresting could not engage with any of the characters.Poor story line.

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Disappointing

I’ve really enjoyed most of the Jenny Starling books …..started with later ones and worked back ! This however was not up to the usual standard . The characters were very interesting, but the plot was a tad unbelievable. Somehow it felt disjointed . First one of the series that failed for me .

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  • 14-03-21

Well done!

cosy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths, law-enforcement, murder-investigation, England*****

I really hoped someone would murder the blackguard but was afraid it would turn out to be another Orient Express! That's how well each character was portrayed, especially our redoubtable freelance cook who is as capable of providing excellent meals as using her observations and acute logic. The plot is twisty and diabolical, the ride on the Thames beautiful. And it made me aware of the narrowed thinking that had me thinking that paddlewheelers only cruised the Mississippi! The publisher's blurb is pretty good, but doesn't convey the clarity of it all. I read it straight through because it made me!
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Joffe Books via NetGalley. Thank you for introducing me to this author's writing!
Two years later I was lucky to get the audio performed wonderfully by Charlotte Worthing.

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  • barbara
  • 23-01-20

The Riverboat Mystery

I absolutely love these mystery series and will keep on reading/listening to them all. This was an excellent story and kept you giessing until the end. Am getting so into Jenny Starling's character, she is excellent and love the cooking too. The reading is very good.

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  • bharblin
  • 14-01-20

Twists, turns, and food!

A goddess of food and intelligence Starling makes a terrific heroine. A fun listen i stayed up half the night to find out the finish. Narrator is strong, plot has twists, a joy of culinary experience as well. I am hooked on this series