Richard Mariner and his wife, Robin, sail upon a murder scene in Tonkin’s latest. While trying to uncover the culprits, they use their vessel as a site for a wedding. Of course, everything is not as it seems. The Mariner series has a solid track record for adventure and mystery, but this one misfires. Tonkin spends too much time describing sailing and various aspects of deep-sea diving while the main characters, usually engaging, come across here as flat and uninspiring. The inevitable arrival of pirates merits only a yawn. For devoted series fans only. --Jeff Ayers
About the Author
Tonkin is Head of English at the Wildernesse School, Sevenoaks.