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Amateur sleuth Hannah Ives and her sisters decide to take a cruise (a family relative has died, and they want to reconnect). Hannah’s 14-year-old niece, Julie, comes along for the ride, which turns out to be a really bad idea: the girl vanishes. Is it a case of niece overboard, or is there something even more sinister going on? When Hannah meets a man whose own daughter disappeared during another cruise, she knows something is definitely wrong. Talley keeps the Ives series fresh by making the most of a familiar formula in amateur-sleuth fiction. Rather than seeking mysteries to solve, Hannah sort of falls into them (in previous novels, she was appearing on a reality show, vacationing in England, and taking ballroom-dancing lessons when the crimes happened). Often this approach starts to feel contrived after a few episodes, but Talley sets up each murder situation quite believably. It doesn’t hurt, too, that Hannah is such an endearing character, a woman who’s gone through lots of difficult stuff—including breast cancer—but who has kept her spirit and sense of humor very much intact. Another winner in an always enjoyable series. --David Pitt


Talley's 12th Hannah Ives mystery delivers steady wit, intrigue, and shocks (Publishers Weekly)

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Product Details

  • Series: A Hannah Ives Mystery (Book 12)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; First World Publication edition (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727882783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727882783
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,783,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marcia Talley is the Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of DARK PASSAGE and eleven previous mystery novels featuring survivor and sleuth, Hannah Ives.

Marcia is author/editor of two star-studded collaborative novels, NAKED CAME THE PHOENIX and I'D KILL FOR THAT set in a fashionable health spa and an exclusive gated community, respectively. Her short stories appear in more than a dozen collections. A recent story, "Can You Hear Me Now?" is featured in TWO OF THE DEADLIEST: NEW TALES OF LUST, GREED AND MURDER FROM OUTSTANDING WOMEN OF MYSTERY, edited by New York Times best-selling author, Elizabeth George.

Marcia is past President of Sisters in Crime International, serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and is a member of the Crime Writers' Association (UK) and the Authors' Guild of America. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with a husband who loves to sail and a cat who doesn't.

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Marcia Talley's Hannah Ives Mysteries are the best! I've read every one of her books and I am never disappointed. As a breast cancer survivor, I initially identified with the main character, but now I would read these stories even if I had no connection to Hannah. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with characters that are interesting and exciting.
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By Karen A Flass on January 29, 2014
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Fun read, even if the chapter leads telegraphed the culprit. I liked the characters , the plot, and the pace.
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Hannah Ives, along with her sisters Ruth and Georgina, and Georgina's teenaged daughter Julie, book a cruise from Baltimore to Bermuda for some sisterly bonding. However, what begins as a fun and exciting trip turns perilous when Hannah and her family learn there is a sinister side lurking behind the happy exterior of the cruise ship.
I really enjoyed reading this book! The reader is taken on an exhilarating ride, right along with Hannah, learning about cruises and getting caught up in the excitement of a fun trip. I could clearly picture the setting from the wonderful descriptions of the sights and sounds on the cruise ship. Then, the atmosphere grows dark and foreboding, which prepares the reader for heartache when the cruise takes a turn for the worse.

Throughout the book, the dialogue sparkles. The conversations between the three sisters, and especially between Hannah and Ruth, is extremely realistic with the typical teasing, sarcasm, gossiping, and laughing you would expect between close family members. Although it fits with their characters, I could have lived without Hannah spouting French phrases and Ruth quoting Shakespeare, but luckily this occurred mostly at the beginning of the book and didn't end up a distraction.

When Hannah learns not everything is as it appears on the ship, she teams up with one of her fellow passengers to find out what is going on with the disappearance of young girls from cruise ships. There are a lot of red herrings thrown in to keep the story interesting and the ending doesn't disappoint. Hannah's sleuthing is interesting and what she learns is scary, because it is so realistic and very believable. Just as I wouldn't want to read a Robin Cook thriller during a stay in the hospital, I wouldn't want to pack this book on a cruise!
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