A Dangerous Crossing
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All aboard for an Agatha Christie-esque mystery set on a ship bound for the distant shores of Australia in 1939.
As the world teeters on the edge of another war, working class Lily is about to plunge headlong into a new life. She’s leaving her family and her little room in Hammersmith to work in domestic service in Australia. While she’s on a lowly assisted-passage scheme, once aboard the ship she “feels like a person of substance”, enjoying cocktail parties in the company of flirtatious Edward Fletcher and the decadent Campbells as they stop off at the likes of Pompeii, the Pyramids and Colombo. But, as Lily’s Jewish friend Maria remarks, “on a boat like this everyone is running away from something”, and that certainly turns out to be true when a succession of misdemeanors strike; an assault, a disappearance, and then murder.
All in all, this is a scrumptiously entertaining, read-in-one-sitting mystery that fizzes with glamour, romance and intrigue and the sting of an unexpected twist, while also exploring sexual, racial and class prejudices. ~ Joanne Owen
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
- Helen Clark - 'A totally immersive book with great characters, clever plots with psychological twists which makes it a “must-read”. A great story loosely based on facts and I want to read more books by the author.
- Edel Waugh - 'If you love a mystery with a truly terrific retro feel to it then this is the perfect book for you...I loved this! Great setting, interesting characters and a satisfying plot!'
- Jo-anne Atkinson - 'Appearing as a simple story about a crime on a voyage, this is actually a complex and extremely satisfying novel with multiple layers that make it worth exploring.'
- Sue Packer - 'A real page turner that will keep you guessing right until the end!'
- Susan Andrews - 'A wonderful evocative book of another time.'
- Siobhan McDowell - 'I was not disappointed in the setting as it was set on board an ocean liner taking a wide range of people to new lives in Australia.'
- Jennifer Moville - 'I love a good war story - they have me enthralled.'
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A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys
It was a first class deception that would change her life forever. 1939, Europe on the brink of war. Lily Shepherd leaves England on an ocean liner for Australia, escaping her life of drudgery for new horizons. She is instantly seduced by the world onboard: cocktails, black-tie balls and beautiful sunsets. Suddenly, Lily finds herself mingling with people who would otherwise never give her the time of day. But soon she realizes her glamorous new friends are not what they seem. The rich and hedonistic Max and Eliza Campbell, mysterious and flirtatious Edward, and fascist George are all running away from tragedy and scandal even greater than her own. By the time the ship docks, two passengers are dead, war has been declared, and life will never be the same again.
'Thrilling, seductive, utterly absorbing.' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on The Train
'A gorgeously atmospheric read, prepare to be transported...' Ruth Ware
'A sumptuous and thrilling read which reminded me of Daphne du Maurier. It captivates you in its spell right until the end. I loved it.' Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat
'A proper old-fashioned tale of thwarted romance, impossible glamour, murder and mayhem on the high seas...The pages turn themselves.' Liz Nugent
'An exquisite story of love, murder, adventure and dark secrets, Rachel Rhys brings this dangerous crossing brilliantly and beautifully alive.' Lisa Jewell
'Quite extraordinary...Beautiful, captivating and I desperately did not want the journey to end.' Emma Kavanagh
'An utter treat...A glorious mix of proper old-school glamour and a labyrinthine plot full of class war, politics and sexual tension...A masterful storyteller.' Veronica Henry
'What a world of glamour, uncertainty and intrigue!...It is a gem of a book.' Colette McBeth
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Publication date23rd March 2017
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PublisherDoubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
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