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Ship shapely : a Gil Yates private investigator novel
Boyle, Alistair.
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First edition.
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Santa Barbara, CA : Allen A. Knoll, 1999.
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228 pages ; 23 cm
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A shapely all-female crew sails the Pacific with the salty skipper who ends up dead, an alleged accident. The widow hires Gil Yates to get to the truth. Fifth in the popular Gil Yates series.

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Booklist Review

Gil Yates, nerdy palm-tree enthusiast by day but high-dollar PI by night, is retained to find a debauched captain who mysteriously vanished from his yacht in Hawaii more than a year ago. The perfunctory police investigation got nowhere, thanks largely to the uncooperative crew--five gorgeous women handpicked by the captain for a summer excursion. Now the deceased's widow--not buying the official determination of accidental death--wants some answers. Yates (the suave nighttime version, that is) is hardly displeased at the prospect of traveling to Hawaii to interrogate the comely crew, whose joint testimony is that they were sleeping when the captain apparently jumped ship. Could one of these beauties have done the dirty deed herself? With great wit and high style, Boyle offers a wonderfully comic, mixed metaphor^-spouting hero who combines awkward charm with cunning instinct--a mix of Austin Powers, James Bond, and Sam Spade. Fun reading. --Mary Frances Wilkens

Library Journal Review

In his fifth mystery, eccentric private eye Gil Yates (Bluebeard's Last Stand) tries to find out which of five beautiful crew members did away with her ship's captain near Hawaii. A clever plot coupled with a lively protagonist. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.