Bestselling mystery writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher is invited to travel to London on the grand dame of ocean liners, the “Queen Elizabeth II”, as one of seven guest lecturers. The night they set sail, a fellow speaker is found brutally murdered. Now Jessica has just four days at sea to find the killer before she finds more of her colleagues, or even herself, dead in the water!
‘I thought of how wonderful a North Atlantic crossing on the QE2 was, the vacation a trip of a lifetime, memories to last forever. Provided, of course, you weren’t diverted by murder.’
I’m so glad I discovered these books! Murder, She Wrote is one of my favourite television shows and the accompanying books have now become a favourite too. ‘Murder on the QE2’ sees Jessica Fletcher accept the job of writing an original mystery play for the five day crossing and also giving a lecture on mystery writing. Of course, wherever Jessica goes murder usually follows and when a fellow lecturer is found dead Jessica becomes thrown into another mystery.
Just like the show the characters are established quickly – there’s a fiery Italian chef, a famed mountain climber, the host of a successful gardening show and a diva leading lady who shuns the other passengers. It’s pretty easy to spot the intended victim and it’s no surprise when the diva winds up dead. But who could have done it? The list is long and as Jessica delves deeper into her life it appears quite a few of her fellow passengers have secret connections to the victim.
The trip is also tinged with personal sadness for Jessica. The last time she was on the QE2 it was twenty years ago, just before her beloved husband Frank passed away. My heart always goes out to JB when she remembers her time with Frank, she was so deeply in love with him and no man has come close since. This trip is full of happy memories that they made together.
Usually if I read books set on cruise ships they completely put me off the idea! But this one made we want to hop on the nearest P & O, it sounded like a fantastic trip (apart from the murder!)
This was a quick yet enjoyable read. These books are becoming comfort reads for me, I know I’ll enjoy them and I know what to expect. They are great mysteries, amusing, fun, full of dodgy and intriguing characters and my hero, Jessica Fletcher will always save the day. I love ‘em!
Jessica Fletcher is a bestselling mystery writer who has a knack for stumbling upon real-life mysteries on her various travels. Donald Bain is her long-time collaborator and has written more than one hundred other books, many of them best sellers.