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Mediterranean Grave by [Doonan, William]
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Doonan's crisp and descriptive writing style makes this a very entertaining and engaging read. This is the best combination of a murder mystery and humor that I have ever read. Based on the first book, Grave Passage, I had high expectations forMediterranean Grave and my expectations were met and surpassed.

Marc Filippelli, San Francisco Book Review

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  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BookYear Mysteries (January 10, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00538YRC6
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By Bob TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 13, 2011
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Henry Grave is back, this time on a pocket cruise ship in the Greek Archipelago. The case is a murdered Egyptian security chief and a missing ancient artifact. Once again, Doonan has provided us with a compelling mystery and a cast of curious and idiosyncratic characters. Grave is his usual charming, quirky, confident and very cool and in-charge self. I like Grave because he's what Parker's Spenser might have been as a senior citizen. And if he had become a maritime consultant and archeology expert instead of a super fan of professional sports and fine wine. Anyway, both Grave and Spenser are very much at home with booze, broads and guns. I need that in a P.I. The last thing I want to read is a book about a politically correct private dick. A P.C.P.I.

OK, so, this book isn't quite as good as the first book but it's still worthy of four and a half stars. (I gave Grave Passage 5 stars.) I say not quite as good because in the first book, Grave Passage, we get a taste of Grave's humor and quirkiness right from the start. This one has a little bit more of a buildup, and maybe it's not quite as funny, or maybe it doesn't seem as funny because it's not as fresh as the first. I laughed out loud on numerous occasions reading Grave Passage. This one made me smile and I think I laughed out loud only twice. Also, Grave Passage had the excitement of being an introduction and almost perfect and this one is, well, not perfect. It has maybe two places where Doonan could have used another edit. For example, a character is described as sipping from a cup of coffee, and then two paragraphs later Donnan has a waiter bring the character a cup of coffee. Minor stuff.
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How exciting to discover that octogenarian cruise-ship sleuth Henry Graves was making another appearance on the high seas, this time in the Mediterranean. Last time around, old Henry had me laughing all the way through a very Grave Passage. I wondered if he would be as funny in round two as in his debut. Turns out that his pursuit of a priceless ancient artifact hidden on an ancient cruise ship was great fun and good for countless laugh-out-loud moments. Loved the descriptions of a boat much more decrepit than our aged-yet-intrepid hero. Throw in a bunch of well-drawn characters that would make a dream party list and, as a bonus, Henry's roller derby girl recollections, and you have a winner. Well done, Mr. Doonan.
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This is the third Henry Grave mystery I have read by this author. All of them were strangely unique and written with great humor. Here you have an 80 plus year old man that is underestimated by most people he meets. He appears to approach each problem with putting his own needs before his job. You have him taking naps and seeking food and drinks during most of his "working" hours. The reader soon finds that Henry sees himself as a great lover and world champion tango dancer and guess what? He convinced me! His character would appear to be that of a friendly, clumsy and naive old man, but you soon find out there is a very clever and dangerous person underneath this role. It is somewhat similar to the character Peter Falk played in the Columbo episodes. He appears inept at everything he does, to include misplacing his investigator credentials each time he introduces himself. I think anyone interested in humorous detective novels and cruise ship settings would enjoy this novel. I have no hesitation giving all three of these novels a five star rating.
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Since I am married to a man who is 84, and am desperate for a cruise, it took me all of about two seconds to decide to download this cozy mystery. Henry Grave is the 84 year old senior investigator for the Association of Cruising Vessel Operators who has been sent to investigate a murder onboard the Vesper, an older cruising yacht that is in the middle of a themed Mediterranean cruise. A WWII vet and survivor of a POW camp, Henry lives at Rolling Pines, "a community of active seniors" in Pennsylvania and in his spare time manages a semi-professional roller derby team, "currently in second to last place." He falls deeply in love on every cruise but is willing to flirt with any female who comes within range. He also has a fondness for vodka tonics, frequent naps, and food.

Having clearly seen better days, the Vesper, equipped to accomodate 188 passengers, is only carrying 90 passengers, most of whom are looking for "spiritual renewal." The ship had as its featured guest, a "world famous guru and best-selling author. . . His latest is `Healing the Hurting Human Heart.'"

The ship was also carrying a valuable Minoan cup known as the Pasiphae Vessel from its place of discovery in Alexandria to Athens for restoration. An Egyptian federal agent was assigned to accompany it on its journey. But the agent is killed and the cup has disappeared. Henry Grave's job is to find the cup and the murderer.

During the course of the search and the cruise, wonderfully strange characters are introduced and examined by this charming, seemingly befuddled gentleman with his fondness for the ladies and vodka tonics. It was good fun, and included some laugh out loud moments that surprised me.
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