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Murder on Deck!: Shipboard & Shoreline Mystery Stories


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The sea itself has always been a mystery--cold, dark, vast, and unfathomable--indifferent to human wishes and perilous to the ill-prepared. So what more appropriate setting for the ultimate human mystery, the seemingly unsolvable murder.

In Murder on Deck! Rosemary Herbert proves that the opulence of the cruise ship and seaside resort has attracted some of the greatest writers in the genre. From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Viola Brothers Shore to William Faulkner, Ellery Queen, John Mortimer, Susan Moody, and many others, Murder on Deck! offers 25 stories that plumb the depths of ghastly crimes. Many of these stories take place on luxury liners, or holiday shorelines, where mostly privileged vacationers have sought a pleasant and highly civilized escape from their daily lives. Imagine their chagrin when murder is thrust into their midst and the high tide of anxiety rolls in. Our detectives, too, are often on vacation, taking time off from pondering the impenetrable and are thus forced into a busman's holiday of restoring order and calm to a shattered idyll. In addition to acclaimed stories in English, Murder on Deck! sails into international waters with stories by Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), Saho Sasazawa (Japan), and for the first time ever in English, Chris Rippen (The Netherlands). Dutch author Janwillem van de Wetering rewrote his 1985 story "Messing About in Boats," especially for this anthology.

A marvelous collection for the mystery lover or armchair traveler, and perfect reading for any vacation, especially the ocean cruise or trip to the beach, Murder on Deck! weighs anchor and heads for the high seas of unforgettable intrigue and watertight suspense.


An international collection of mystery stories from ship to shore, from the humorous to the hard-boiled, "Murder on Deck!" includes tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, William Faulkner, John Mortimer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and many others.

About the Author

Rosemary Herbert is mystery book review columnist for the Boston Herald, coeditor with Tony Hillerman of The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories, editor of Twelve American Crime Stories, and editor in chief of the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing. She lives in Newtonville, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

  1. The "Gloria Scott" /Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. The ship's run /M. McDonnell Bodkin
  3. The Mackenzie case /Viola Brothers Shore
  4. Problem at sea /Agatha Christie
  5. Sail /Lester Dent
  6. Hand upon the waters /William Faulkner
  7. The boat race murder /David Winser
  8. The adventure of the murdered ship /Ellery Queen
  9. Two bodies on a barge /Georges Simenon
  10. Invisible hands /John Dickson Carr
  11. The sailing club /David Ely
  12. Honeymoon cruise /Richard Deming
  13. The last voyage of the ghost ship / Gabriel Garcâia Mâarquez
  14. Invitation from the sea /Saho Sasazawa
  15. Where is thy sting? /Peter Lovesey
  16. The theft of the bingo card /Edward D. Hoch
  17. Rumpole at sea /John Mortimer
  18. Oh, who hath done this deed? /Susan Moody
  19. The man who rowed for the shore /Catherine Aird
  20. Messing about in boats /Janwillem van de Wetering
  21. With a little help from my friends /Martin Edwards
  22. Ferry noir /Chris Rippen.

Product Details

Herbert, Rosemary
Clarendon Press
Herbert, Rosemary
Herbert, Rosemary
null, Rosemary
New York :
Detective and mystery stories
Mystery & Detective - Anthologies
Literature/English | World Literature | Anthologies
Mystery-A to Z
Series Volume:
no. 461
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Grade Level:
8.2 x 5.9 x 1.3 in 1.15 lb

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