From Publishers Weekly
Emily Charters and her detective pal, Jeremy Ransom, have their seniors' Great Lakes cruise aboard the Genessee rudely interrupted by murder in Fred Hunter's Ransom at Sea: A Ransom/Charters Mystery, the ninth entry in this reliable semi-cozy series (after 2002's The Mummy's Ransom). This book's a natural companion for a holiday cruise.
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Although he sets the ninth Charters and Ransom caper on the small ship Genesse,
chartered for a four-day "preseason" Lake Michigan cruise by a Chicago senior-citizens group, Hunter proves not in the least adrift. Amateur sleuth Emily Charters, accompanied by her much younger friend Lynn Francis, surveys the cast of characters as they board at Navy Pier, which is just as well, because more than a dozen of them, plus the crew, makes for plenty of suspects when a querulous old woman with Alzheimer's disease, who is traveling with her niece, Rebecca, is murdered in her cabin. Enter Chicago police detective Jeremy Ransom at the octogenarian Emily's request, for she has misgivings about local police suspicion of Rebecca, and she is usually right. What about the victim's startling scream at "sighting" a man in her room on the first night out of Chicago? And what of the furtive stranger who keeps popping up in port after port? All aboard for an entertaining mystery. Whitney ScottCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved