Sail Away is a light-hearted Mystery set aboard a cruise ship written by actress and author Celia Imrie. Suzy the once famous actress is struggling to find work and accepts a role in a suspiciously amateur production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ with a small acting troupe that leaves her stranded in Zurich with her bank balanced cleaned out, with a job on a cruise ship her only option.
Meanwhile, Amanda is preparing to downsize. As the removal van is pulling away from her new home, disaster! The purchase of her new flat has fallen through. Her two fully grown children can’t see past the end of their own noses to help offer any kind of support, leaving Amanda homeless. Thankfully a resolution is found but there is a delay of a few weeks before Amanda can move in, the perfect amount of time to (rightfully, in my opinion) spend some of the money set aside for her children from the sale on a holiday until she has somewhere to live.
The stories of these two strangers become intertwined on the Blue Mermaid, a cruise ship that is larger than a small town, with just as many people on board. In an Oscar Wilde-esque case of mistaken identity takes place with a more serious crime and mystery undertone. The plot contains a number of twists and turns which leaves you guessing all of the particular nuances until the very end. The cruise ship is filled with a variety of nice and not so nice characters in order to diversify the story and offer some extra detail. In all, I enjoyed the book and would recommend. ~ Charlotte Walker
he phone hasn't rung for months. Suzy Marshall is discovering that work can be sluggish for an actress over sixty - even for the former star of a 1980s TV series. So when her agent offers her the plum role of Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest in Zurich, it seems like a godsend. Until, that is, the play is abruptly cancelled in suspicious circumstances, and Suzy is forced to take a job on a cruise ship to get home. Meanwhile Amanda Herbert finds herself homeless in rainy Clapham. Her flat purchase has fallen through, and her children are absorbed in their own dramas. Then she spots an advertisement for an Atlantic cruise, and realises three weeks on-board would tide her over - and save her money - until the crisis is solved. As the two women set sail on a new adventure, neither can possibly predict the strange characters and dodgy dealings they will encounter - nor the unexpected rewards they will reap. Vividly evoking the old-world glamour of a cruise ship - and the complex politics of its staff quarters - Sail Away is at once a hilarious romp and a thrilling tale of intrigue, from the acclaimed pen of Celia Imrie.
Forget the cruise. Grab Imrie's novel and have twice as much fun -Hilary Boyd, author of Thursdays in the Park
Celia Imrie reveals a whole new talent in this irresistible murder mystery caper, packed with wonderful characters that will grip you to the last glorious page - Maeve Haran, author of An Italian Holiday
A very witty woman. Hugely entertaining - Julian Fellowes
Utterly delicious in every way - Joanna Lumley
A hugely enjoyable romp - Katie Fforde
Her work has definite joie de vivre and a sunny, good-natured feel - Wendy Holden, Daily Mail
The novels are as light and frothy as the iles flottantes with creme anglaise she gives a recipe for Guardian
Lively plot and eccentric characters ... Light-hearted, fun. Daily Express
Celia Imrie has effortlessly made the transition from being one of our best-loved actresses to a talented novelist. Choice
Publication date: 22/02/2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
|Publication date:||22nd February 2018|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Romance, Humour,|
Celia Imrie is an Olivier award-winning and Screen Actors Guild-nominated actress. She is best known for her film roles in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Calendar Girls and Nanny McPhee. On stage, she won Best Actress in a Musical for Acorn Antiques: The Musical and was nominated for Best Actress in Noises Off. Celia Imrie's upcoming films are A Cure for Wellness, Year by the Sea and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, all due for release in 2016. Her autobiography, The Happy Hoofer, was published in 2011.More About Celia Imrie