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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
England, September 1939 Lily Shepherd boards a cruise liner for a new life in Australia and is plunged into a world of cocktails, jazz and glamorous friends. But as the sun beats down, poisonous secrets begin to surface. Suddenly Lily finds herself trapped with nowhere to go ... Australia, six-weeks later The world is at war, the cruise liner docks, and a beautiful young woman is escorted onto dry land in handcuffs. What has she done?
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.
'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
Publication date: 10/08/2017
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||10th August 2017|
|Publisher:||Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Sagas and Romance, Thriller / Suspense,|
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 RingMore About Rachel Rhys