Book Review: A Fatal Crossing by Tom Hindle (2022)

A Fatal Crossing by Tom Hindle is a gripping crime fiction set on board a luxury cruise liner sailing from Southampton to New York in the 1920s. The story revolves around the discovery of a dead body on board, and the subsequent investigation to uncover the culprit.

The story is set in November 1924, when the Endeavour sets sail for New York with 2,000 passengers on board. When a body is found on deck, the ship’s officer Timothy Birch is quick to dismiss the death as a tragic accident. However, Scotland Yard inspector James Temple is convinced that there’s more to the death than meets the eye, and he launches an investigation to uncover the truth.

As Temple and Birch begin their investigation, they soon discover that a priceless painting has been stolen, and that there are a string of suspects on board with secrets to hide. With just days left until the Endeavour reaches New York, the investigation becomes increasingly dangerous, and the two investigators must work quickly to identify the killer before it’s too late.

Hindle does an excellent job of creating a claustrophobic atmosphere on board the Endeavour, and the tension and suspense are palpable throughout the story. The characters are well-drawn and complex, and the different personalities and backgrounds of the passengers and crew are explored in detail. This helps to create a sense of realism and makes the story more engaging for the reader.

The mystery at the heart of the story is also well-crafted, with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing until the very end. The plot is reminiscent of classic locked-room mysteries, but the setting on board a luxury cruise liner adds a fresh and interesting dimension to the story. Fans of Anthony Horowitz, Sophie Hannah, and Richard Osman will appreciate this fresh take on the classic genre.

A Fatal Crossing is a well-written and engaging mystery thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end. The claustrophobic setting, well-developed characters, and satisfying mystery make this a great read for fans of crime fiction. You can buy a copy of A Fatal Crossing here.

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