With a relaxing few days in mind, Miss Emily Charters signs up for a four-day seniors’ cruise of the Great Lakes organized by her church. In the company of her friend and housekeeper, Lynn Francis, Charters and the other seniors set sail from Chicago, but while the waters on the lake are calm and predictable, her fellow passengers are not. However, a little tension is the least of the problems when one of her fellow passengers is found horribly murdered in her cabin.
While the police investigate, the ship remains at port, leaving Emily stranded until her friend, Chicago Police Detective Jeremy Ransom, comes to her rescue. Together they set out to solve a most perplexing puzzle of a murder committed without seeming opportunity or plausible reason, not mention right under Emily’s nose
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Critical Praise for Fred Hunter
“Hunter’s story recalls some of the backstage murder yarns spun out by Ngaio Marsh. Like Marsh, Hunter writes with technical familiarity about the opera and about the financial skullduggery plaguing a new production. . . . Smugly, I had the killer spotted half-way through and---okay---I was wrong, wrong, wrong.”
---Chicago Sun-Times on Ransom at the Opera
“Lots of falling snow, warm muffins, children’s choirs, and---oh, yes---a few dead bodies laced into this satisfying mystery that makes it just right for a cozy read.”
---San Antonio Express-News on Ransom for a Holiday
“The plot has enough twists to keep the reader guessing. . . . Writing in a suitably ‘operatic’ style, Hunter delivers a dramatic and fully satisfying denouement.”
---Publishers Weekly on Ransom at the Opera
“Hunter’s astringently accurate sketches of how the aged are perceived bring a piercing social commentary to the mystery.”
---St. Petersburg Times on Ransom Unpaid
“Hunter has created a fabulous sense of atmosphere; twice I had to make sure I was reading in a well lit room. And Emily is a terrific character. It’s a pleasure to find an older character portrayed without the stereotypical claptrap.”
---Contra Costa Times on Ransom Unpaid
“Ransom and Charters make a great team, reminiscent in some ways of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. Great fun.”
---Booklist on Presence of Mind
Fred Hunter is the author of eight previous novels in the Ransom/Charters series, most recently The Mummy’s Ransom, as well as five novels in the Alex Reynolds series. He lives in Chicago.
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Book Description Minotaur Books, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0312300662
Book Description Minotaur Books, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0312300662
Book Description Minotaur Books, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110312300662