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A Fatal Crossing Tom Hindle 4*#Review @tomhindle3 @centurybooksuk @penguinukbooks #MurderMystery #AFatalCrossing #BookReview #historicalcrimefiction #1920s

November 1924. The Endeavour sets sail from Southampton carrying 2,000 passengers and crew on a week-long voyage to New York.

When an elderly gentleman is found dead at the foot of a staircase, ship’s officer Timothy Birch is ready to declare it a tragic accident. But James Temple, a strong-minded Scotland Yard inspector, is certain there is more to this misfortune than meets the eye.

Birch agrees to investigate, and the trail quickly leads to the theft of a priceless painting. Its very existence is known only to its owner . . . and the dead man.

With just days remaining until they reach New York, and even Temple’s purpose onboard the Endeavour proving increasingly suspicious, Birch’s search for the culprit is fraught with danger.

And all the while, the passengers continue to roam the ship with a killer in their midst. . .

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I received a copy of this book from Century Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This is an atmospheric murder mystery set on a transatlantic voyage in 1924 with a complex plot and numerous suspects. Two detectives, Temple from Scotland Yard, travelling on the ship, and a ship’s officer Birch conscripted to help with the investigation reluctantly work together to solve the murder before the ship docks in New York.

There are many suspects and twists with complex and vibrant characters.

Immersive and rich in characterisation and historical detail, this is the perfect read for classic style mystery lovers.


Author, blogger and book reviewer. I am the author of 'The Dragon Legacy' series and 'The Dangerous Gift'. Animal welfare supporter. Loves reading, writing, countryside walks, cookery and gardening, .

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