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 GarcA-a MArquez (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.
"This collection plumbs seaside resorts and oceanbound ships for the ultimate mystery experience."--Library Journal
Murder On Deck confirms Rosemary Herbert's title as our eminent authority on mystery fiction. More important, it gives us a delightful collection of overlooked gems."--Tony Hillerman
"A pleasing collection of 'shipboard and shoreline mystery stories'.... With a crew of contributors ranging from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to John Mortimer,this compendium of aquatic crime is perhaps the most satisfactory anthology of the year."--The Wall Street Journalr
"Splendid stories. Oceans of delight."--Colin Dexter