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A Dangerous Crossing

by Rachel Rhys

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery Debut Books of the Month Historical Fiction Sagas and Romance

LoveReading View on A Dangerous Crossing

April 2017 Debut of the Month.

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

Joanne Owen

A Dangerous Crossing Synopsis

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.

A Dangerous Crossing Reader Reviews

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.'
  • Debbie Patrick - 'Very much like an Agatha Christie novel. I enjoyed this book. The crime wasn’t the main part of the book. Learning about the characters sailing on the boat was. Their stories and their lives.'
  • Sue Broom - 'Well-constructed mystery, with a good deal of realistic period detail and an unexpected conclusion.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'This is for everyone who loves a mystery in the style of Agatha Christie.   I can't wait for the next Rachel Rhys book!!'
  • Linda McFall - 'The unworldly atmosphere and somewhat claustrophobic life on the long journey is a perfect setting for this murder mystery though personally that was almost less important than the wonderful journey.'
  • Cathy Burman - 'Captivating, mysterious, exotic, flamboyant, enthralling and intoxicating. Murder, mystery and suspense combine to keep the reader engrossed and guessing to the very end. An excellent read.'
  • Ruth Paterson - 'Set in 1939, on board a ship from Britain to Australia, friendships are made between those of different social classes, some deemed "Dangerous" and at least one proves to be.'
  • Melanie Chadwick - 'I loved the way the stories and secrets of the individual passengers slowly unfold, and events unfurl which will change each one of them forever.'
  • Katie Hoare - 'A Dangerous Crossing is a well written debut novel starting in July 1939 and follows Lilly Shepherd’s journey on an ocean liner for Australia as she tries to escape her life in England.'

A Dangerous Crossing Press Reviews

'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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ISBN: 9780857524706
Publication date: 23/03/2017
Publisher: Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857524706
Publication date: 23rd March 2017
Author: Rachel Rhys
Publisher: Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, Historical Fiction, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: Historical mysteries,

About Rachel Rhys

Rachel Rhys is the pen-name of a successful psychological suspense author. A Dangerous Crossing is her debut under this name and is inspired by a real life account of a 1930s ocean voyage. A Dangerous Crossing is due to be published around the world. Rachel Rhys lives in North London with her family. Author photo © Johnny Ring

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