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My body lies over the ocean
Borthwick, J. S.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
296 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Amateur detective Sarah Deane and her husband, Dr. Alex McKenzie, investigate a series of apparent murders that occurs while they accompany Sarah's aunt on a luxurious transatlantic ocean voyage.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Sarah Deane, teaching fellow at a Maine college, and her husband, Alex, an internist (both last seen in The Garden Plot), are in unfamiliar waters‘literally‘when they escort Sarah's feisty aunt Julia, 70, back to the States on the maiden voyage of the British liner Queen Victoria. This cheeky mystery wastes no time in setting up a convoluted plot that puts the naturally paranoid Sarah on full alert. A member of the British Trade Commission is hit by an automobile and killed just before boarding. Another member dies in his cabin from a seemingly accidental fall. Sarah takes it upon herself to protect a third member, a youthful drunk and wastrel, with his free-wheeling girlfriend, Liza, assisting. Circling around Sarah and the equally suspicious Aunt Julia are several sinister shipmates, none of whom is quite what he or she seems. What about the frenetic duo lecturing on "Ships in Peril"? Is the object of Aunt Julia's shipboard romance a clever con man? How about the chaplain's sneaky assistant? And what is the ship's murky connection to the Titanic? By relentlessly prying and eavesdropping, Julia gets a handle on the situation‘and puts herself and Aunt Julia in grave danger. Always witty, sometimes farcical, full of wonderfully arcane allusions to old movies, this novel succeeds as a tightly controlled and unflagging thriller. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Series star/amateur sleuth (The Garden Plot, LJ 3/1/97) Sara Deane and her husband board a fabulous British luxury liner for its maiden voyage, but not without portents. When traffic claims a trade-commission member outside his hotel and another dies unexpectedly in his stateroom, Sara suspects a plot. More engaging work from a proven author. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.