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September 1907. George Porter Dillman sets sail from Liverpool on the Lusitania's maiden voyage. Hired by the ship's captain to pose as a passenger, George is in fact a private detective for the Cunard Line. In the first days of his voyage, George only has to deal with a few petty crimes. But then an expensive piece of jewelry is reported stolen and a body is found. WorkinSeptember 1907. George Porter Dillman sets sail from Liverpool on the Lusitania's maiden voyage. Hired by the ship's captain to pose as a passenger, George is in fact a private detective for the Cunard Line. In the first days of his voyage, George only has to deal with a few petty crimes. But then an expensive piece of jewelry is reported stolen and a body is found. Working quickly to solve both crimes, George makes an unusual friend, Genevieve Masefield, and the two uncover secrets aboard the ship that prove explosive....

Title : Murder on the Lusitania
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ISBN : 9780312975715
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Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Murder on the Lusitania Reviews

  • Susan
    2018-09-28 13:11

    This is the first in a series of books written by Conrad Allen, a pseudonym used by Keith Miles. You may know him already by another pseudonym, that of Edward Marston, which he uses for many popular series, including that of the Railway Detective mysteries. This series features George Porter Dillman and the enigmatic and beautiful Genevieve Masefield and all are set aboard cruise ships in the heyday of the great liners. In order, the books are as follows:1. Murder on the Lusitania (1999)2. Murder On the Mauretania (2000)3. Murder On the Minnesota (2002)4. Murder on the Caronia (2002)5. Murder on the Marmora (2004)6. Murder on the Salsette (2005)7. Murder on the Oceanic (2006)8. Murder on the Celtic (2007)It is good to see these books now on kindle and I looked forward to re-reading this mystery, which I had not read for many years. It is September, 1907 and the Lusitania is sailing her maiden voyage to New York. This novel introduces American George Porter Dillman, a detective who is usually called upon to keep an eye on professional card sharps, or some thieving. However, this voyage offers more than the usual excitement - and romance. From the time Dillman boards the train from Euston to Liverpool, Lime Street, he feels that things are not right. He is intrigued by Mr and Mrs Rymer, whose daughter Violet seems sad and listless for such an exciting event as a trip on such a wonderful liner and is further concerned about the oily journalist Henry Barcroft, who bothers the passengers and crew alike. When there is murder onboard, his detective skills are put to the test.This is a cosy mystery, with a touch of romance and the bonus of the shipboard location. If you enjoy this kind of story, then I am sure you will like this series and, in my opinion, it is best to start with the first book where the two main characters first meet.

  • Dawn Michelle
    2018-10-07 11:59

    This had so much potential. SO much. And just kind of fell flat for me. It did have enough that I may read the second one, but I am not in a huge hurry. Sigh.I liked George Dillman's character [even if I did think he was a bit too cocky for his own good], but I am not a fan of Genevieve Masefield or women like her. And I truly find it hard to believe that a decent guy like George would immediately [to the point of kissing her and wanting to be with her forever] fall for someone like that. I don't know, it just didn't feel true to me and I felt that Genevieve used that that to her advantage later in the book. I did love that this was set on the Lusitania and that there was some history of that ship in the book. I didn't love that I guess who the murderer was very early one. Its not so much that the murderer is written clearly, its more like they aren't and therefore was who I suspected right away. Overall, a very average book for me. Like I said, I will maybe read the second one, but again, I am not in any hurry to do so.

  • QNPoohBear
    2018-10-02 16:14

    George Porter Dillman is sailing from Liverpool back to his native United States. On the train to Liverpool he meets a bunch of quirky characters including the Oxford-educated Cyril Weeks and the Rymer family: Mr., Mrs. and daughter Violet. Dillman sense some tension in the Rymer family and thinks the daughter is not enjoying her trip. On board the ship he's introduced to more quirky people: Jeremiah Erskine, a doom and gloom profit; Henry Barcroft, a brash, nosy journalist and the enigmatic Genevieve Masefield. He'd love to get to know her better but she's always surrounded by two elderly ladies and Dillman can not reveal that he's actually an undercover Pinerton agent, sent to ferret out and prevent any crimes from happening. If the Lucy doesn't win the blue riband this time, her maiden voyage, then Germany wins the race once again. With tensions running high between the two countries and Germany's superior navy, it's important to Britain to win this race. At first Dillman thinks his main problem will be keeping a card shark from fleecing innocent passengers. Then Violet Rymer confides her secret to him and asks for his help and Genevive wants Dillman to play go-between with Barcroft so she can avoid the odious journalist. When the ship's blueprints go missing, Dillman is asked to find them. His search leads to unexpected results. First he becomes the object of fellow American Ellen Tolley's attention and then he discovers Barcroft dead. Dillman has his hands full with his love triangle and searching for the missing plans. This cozy mystery differs slightly from the usual pattern in that Dillman is a professional detective. The murder happens halfway through as is common in this type of novel. The dust jacket blurb is misleading. There's very little romance and most of it does not involve Dillman. I wouldn't even call this book a romance. Most of the love story involves a typical Edwardian plot. I found it trite and predictable. It's an overused plot device. The mystery wasn't too difficult to figure who whodunnit. I guessed right away but there are so many red herrings that I had to keep reading until all was solved. The red herrings make the story above average. I was engaged in the mysteries enough to stay awake late in the night reading. The Lusitania setting is very interesting. I don't know much about the ill-fated ship but it all could have taken place on Titanic if that ship hadn't sunk. The description of the biggest, fastest ship sounds exactly the same. I don't know if there are any distinctive details that might pinpoint the differences between the two other than the ending. The fashion references sound great except for the word "makeup". Cosmetic was the word used at that time and they weren't really using much in 1907. I really didn't care for any of the characters in the book. Dillman is cool and analytic. He doesn't really show much emotion. His back story is revealed little by little but he still seems like a stranger. The author gets into Dillman's head but the reader knows little about what Dillman is actually thinking and feeling. Genevieve is sort of a female version of Dillman. She has her secrets which are revealed at the end. She's mostly unlikable due to her actions throughout the story. Violet is unlikable because of her boring, predictable story. She's a typical "poor little rich girl" of the period and I found her story unnecessary. Her father is absolutely horrid and I was surprised and creeped out by his secret. Her mother is slightly more sympathetic. Ellen Tolley gives Americans a bad name. She's loud and speaks whatever comes into her head. She pursues her goal relentlessly without considering what he wants The only character I really liked was Cyril Weeks because he was a literature professor. I liked the book well enough to want to read more about Dillman's adventures but not enough to want them right now this very minute. Content: propositions to come into a man's cabin which implies sex but not spoken; one frank discussion among women about sex; Kisses only; naked body not described; and the big ick(view spoiler)[One character is having an affair with the maid. It doesn't sound like love. It's a power ploy and I found it disgusting. (hide spoiler)]

  • Hannah
    2018-10-10 12:02

    A good, old-fashioned mystery set on the maiden voyage of the famous Lusitania from England to New York in 1907, Murder on the Lusitania certainly doesn't disappoint.In the tradition of novels by Golden Age mystery writers like Christie and Marsh, we have an interesting and varied cast of characters/suspects, mostly restricted to the first class passengers, whom we're slowly introduced to. George Porter Dillman, our protagonist, is hired by the Cunard Line as an undercover detective and finds more trouble than he had expected when an overly nosey journalist, Henry Barcroft, is found murdered.George Dillman has an easygoing manner and is polite, intelligent and resourceful. I liked him almost immediately, so following his process of gaining the other passengers' confidence, picking up the clues and solving the murders and related thefts was a great deal of fun. Genevieve Masefield is the heroine, but we know a lot less of her than we do of George; she is actually fairly cold to him at the beginning and only warms to him about halfway through, when they've had a chance to converse properly. She's a fascinating character, though, and the growing attraction between her and George promises to be an interesting aspect of the following books.The mystery is well-plotted, and like other classic mysteries, you discover most of the clues at the same time as George does, so you can "sleuth" along with him. I really enjoyed this element, particularly after having read a number of cozy mysteries recently featuring amateur detectives who stumble their way onto the truth more than using any real brain work. In contrast, George is refreshingly competent, intelligent and clearly experienced in his line of work.My only complaint is that the amazing setting of the Lusitania wasn't used to its full advantage. I adore the era and the idea of one of the greatest luxury liners being the backdrop to a murder mystery, but I simply couldn't get a feel for the atmosphere. There were some descriptions of the surroundings, but little other information filtered through. I would have expected more of that woven in subtly to allow the reader to feel like they're there.This is only a small gripe, though, and otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed this classic mystery. Looking forward to more of George and Genevieve's maritime adventures!

  • Stephanie
    2018-09-24 12:03

    A completely delightful character study. Everyone's stuck on the same ship, so what else is there to do but people-watch? Everybody has secrets and it's fun to unearth all of them. Can't wait to see what's next!

  • Casceil
    2018-10-19 15:58

    A period piece with a bit of an Agatha Christie feel. The setting and the times were very well drawn. The characters were likeable, mostly. The plot could have been better, but the book was entertaining anyway.

  • Shannon
    2018-10-07 12:05

    This is a solid 3.5 stars for me. I am really drawn to mysteries that have a travel element to them, especially during the summer months. I really enjoyed the setting. Adding in the historical elements also gave more interest. I would have really loved this mystery novel had the author added more depth to the characters. I definitely knew more about the ship than I did any of the main characters. The mystery was easy to figure out. No twists or turns, definitely on the predictable side. But I am not giving up on this series. I am willing to give the next book a try.

  • Laura Edwards
    2018-09-23 09:01

    A fun, fast read. Really more a 3.5. I've already ordered the next in the series. That said, "Murder on the Lusitania" will never be mistaken for great literature, but it's the perfect book to read when you are looking for lighter fare. While the mystery itself was well done and the author gave us several plausible suspects to consider, the romance between George and Genevieve felt contrived. I like both characters, but I'm not sure what drew them together. Not surprising, however, since the book is written by a man and concentrating on the romantic aspects would surely take a backseat to the mystery which is not a complaint. It is reminiscent of Peter Tremayne's "Sister Fidelma" series in this regard (the "romantic" relationship between Fidelma and Brother Eadulf is one of the most baffling I've ever read), but it is also one of my favorite series, notwithstanding. If you can write a plausible and engaging mystery, it doesn't matter as much if the romantic elements are second rate, especially if the characters are likeable which George and Genevieve are.

  • Amy
    2018-09-26 08:58

    Murder on the Lusitania was a thoroughly enjoyable mystery, full of colorful and interesting characters, many of whom had at least something to hide. Conrad Allen's style is quite reminiscent of Agatha Christie's, and the setting was fairly Agatha-esque as well.Although it took months for my local library to get this book for me via interlibrary loan, it was well worth the wait, and I'm looking forward to the second George Porter Dillman & Genevieve Masefield mystery.

  • Rose
    2018-10-20 11:11

    The editor of this book ought to be shot. There were so many typos and grammatical errors that the book was filled with penned in corrections written by the people who had checked the book out of the library before me.The story itself was cliched and minimally engaging. I continue to search for more cleverly written historical mysteries.

  • Alec Moody
    2018-10-08 12:16

    I've read a number of Edward Marston (aka Conrad Allen) books, especially the Railway Detective series, and I've always enjoyed them. I found this book very slow and full of superfluous detail. However, the plot was good and the historical setting was interseting.

  • Saturday's Child
    2018-10-19 12:10

    A murder mystery without too much blood and very little gore. I loved that it was set on board such a historic ship

  • Megan
    2018-09-19 10:08

    The "start to corpse" time is ridiculously long, but this is the best Agatha Christie substitute I've read yet. No, it doesn't come close to the cleverness and psychological insight of her best work, but it is nearly on par with her more middling works, and better than some. Like Christie, it provides a window into a world in some ways very modern, yet still very removed from ours, including the unspoken rules of society, and like Christie, Allen is never so focused on the mystery that he doesn't find time to illuminate the love lives of the cast of characters. Some of those diversions do take up too much page space without contributing to the plot in other ways, and the murderer isn't quite as clever or devious as the reader might wish, but despite these flaws, it's still an enjoyable mystery. If you've all but exhausted Christie's catalog, this might hit the spot better than any of the direct attempts to continue her work.

  • Barbara
    2018-09-21 13:54

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 starsA transatlantic crossing of a cruise 🚢 ship an makes interesting setting for a 'closed room' mystery. This mystery takes place on the maiden voyage of the Lusitania in 1907, from Liverpool, with a stop in Queenstown, and then onward to NYC. Historical background on the ship and additional epilogue information.Nice start to establishing a partnership of George Dillman, private investigator, Bostonian and Genevieve Masefield, a passenger from London.The story felt like it was on a cruise, slow and steady, and typical of first book in a series. A taste of characters in first, second and third class along with various types of crew members. All within the context of time period...Lords to 2nd class rogues.Looking forward to more books in series that contain titles of ships I'm less familiar. Lusitania is the subject of Erik Larsen's book Dead Wake.

  • Lindaharmony
    2018-09-28 13:01

    Like many mysteries, this book was slow to get going. But I'm glad I stuck with it. Very entertaining, and the last four chapters were very good. Mysteries don't have to be this way; I've read several, such as In The Bleak Midwinter and the Commissarrio Brunetti series whose protagonists are interesting characters from the beginning.

  • Susan
    2018-10-17 08:06

    George Porter Dillman escaped the family yacht building business to become first an actor and then a Pinkerton agent. Now he is a detective for Cunard posing as a first class passenger. In September 1907 he is onboard the Lusitania, which hopes to set a transatlantic speed record on her maiden voyage. A light, entertaining read in an entertaining setting.

  • Kent
    2018-10-09 15:57

    Engaging read, even if some of the supporting characters are not all that creative, a bit formulaic, and their stories are not always the most enthralling. A "cozy" mystery with a tiny bit of history thrown in.PS- The last line of the book is dreadful in the style of a bad pun.

  • Amanda McGill
    2018-10-07 16:02

    I couldn't get into this novel at all. The writing was very stiff, which reflected the time period of the novel (1907). Disappointed that I didn't enjoy the novel since it seems like such a great concept!

  • Shauna
    2018-09-22 10:50

    This book started out slow, but still held my attention. The last few chapters or so were very intriguing, and will be the reason I continue reading the series.

  • Susie Steadman
    2018-09-28 13:51

    there was Murder, but so many other crimes...

  • Nightwitch
    2018-09-19 15:08

    As the cover indicates, the shipboard atmosphere does sparkle - the research was really well done. Unfortunately, the characters are essentially cardboard and the mystery plot is extremely thin and not very well done. I don't really like mysteries where the lead detective is amazing - the men all want to be him! the women all want him! - and this is one of those, although no particular reason is given and the character doesn't seem that interesting to me. Every other male character turns out to be kind of scummy, even when their behavior is irrelevant to the plot, which I guess at least makes it plausible that all the women are in love with Our Hero? Except that it doesn't. In conclusion, it was entertaining to spend some time aboard the Lusitania, but I didn't like the company much.

  • Nancy Oakes
    2018-10-13 15:50

    In the tradition of classic crime novels, Murder on the Lusitania has no end of suspects. Of course, the action happens on a ship and there are separate "classes" of decks in which the "lower" passengers (sadly, this is how they are referred to here) cannot move to the upper levels, so finding the killer isn't such a tough job. First in a series of books about mayhem on board the maiden voyages of famous ships, the hero is George Porter Dillman, who goes first class on the voyage, and he can mingle with the best of them. He has dinner with the first-class passengers, drinks with them, gets caught up in their personal dramas, all the while actually doing his job....which is a secret detective of the famous Pinkerton agency. He is hired by the various cruise lines to prevent mayhem and crime, or at least to see to it that by the end of the voyage all is well. In this first installment, someone has stolen the ship's blueprints. While this may not seem earth shattering to us now, the author clearly explains how in 1907, when the "Lucy" as she is known was built, it was a time when Germany was building up her naval forces & the Lusitania was clearly not designed solely to carry passengers. In short, the Lusitania had been built as a secret antidote to the ships the Germans were building, just in case. And back then, there were rumors of wars everywhere. Anyway, George has to solve the mystery of the missing blueprints, and as he is doing so, there is a murder on the high seas. So now George has to solve that too, not to mention finding a missing Stradivarius belonging to an eccentric musician who is threatening to sue the Cunard line & make his plight public to cause the line great embarrassment. Just good old fashioned mystery featuring members of the "upper crust" and an old-fashioned detective. The story itself isn't all that exciting, but it is fun & I like those "old" crimes.

  • Anna Bergmark
    2018-10-19 09:54

    If you prefer action and excitement and a breeze so stiff it makes your ears flap, this is NOT a book for you. This is a slow boat to China. (Or the Americas. You know what I mean.)But if you're fond of your Agatha Christie and other golden oldies in the whodunnit genre you might like this one just fine. It follows that kind of recipe. Taking its time, describing the setting, introducing quite a lot of characters. And let's face it. There's IS something special about voyages at sea (and by train); a wide variety of people thrown together, isolated from the rest of the world. Besides... "Murder on the Lusitania"? It's a dead give away, and if you get an itsy bitsy tiny bit bored during that looong beginning, you can always speculate about who the murder victim will finally be and what other shenanigans might occur and who will take who on the romantic front. So...Not without charm and atmosphere. A nice enough product to cozy up with, but a little bit on the weak side due to the overly extended take off period (nearly half the novel to be a exactish) and when it finally peaks it's not Mount Kilimanjaro either.Oh. Just one more thing... 1907? It must be the Agatha C. lookalike contest confusing me, cause it feels like the 1930's most of the time. Weird really.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-09-21 13:11

    The launch of a great new floating palace steamship was a very big deal in 1907. The Lusitania, the latest of these belonging to the famed Cunard lines is ready for it's maiden voyage across the North Atlantic and the ship is filled with passengers from all walks of life. While is it a symbol of peace and inter nation cooperation it was also built with wartime in mind. It could be converted to an arms bearing vessel without difficulty.The Germans have been building up their navy at this time and indeed it is a German ocean liner that holds the record for the fastest transatlantic passage. It is the hope that the Lusitania will take this honor away so there is more than meets the eye in this September voyage. With more than 2000 people on board including passengers and crew it is not surprising that there is covert security on board. Watching the high society first-class passengers is undercover detective George Dillman.His skills are just what is needed on this action packed voyage because there is a murder fore the first days have passed.I enjoyed this novel and it really gave me a craving for some ocean travel. I am checking out some cruises on line as soon as I can. Thank heaven for vicarious pleasures.

  • Anne Brown
    2018-10-15 09:55

    This was a fun little cozy mystery. I enjoyed the eccentric characters drawn together on the ship, as well as its luxurious and exciting setting. I both liked/hated that the murder didn't take place until literally half way through the book because it gave the reader a better chance to get to know all of the characters, but since the flap summary revealed who was going to die, I found myself just sitting there waiting for it to happen. The ending was somewhat expected without being too too obvious, and overall it was an enjoyable story. I'd like to read some more in the series just to see where the characters and their relationships end up.(2017 Reading Challenge: 1st Book in a Series You've Never Read Before)(MCLS 2017 M)

  • Julie
    2018-09-29 07:52

    George Dillman is a Boston detective who has been hired by the Cunard Line to work undercover preventing any trouble on the first sailing of the new ship Lusitania. He mingles with the first class passengers and uncovers little more than an illicit love affair and a couple of possible card cheats. However, a couple of attractive women and one very annoying freelance reporter catch his eye, and occupy some of his time until there is a murder. Following the murder there is a rash of burglaries, including the theft of one priceless item, and Dillman has his hands full. Everything needs to be resolved before the ship docks in New York City or the reputation of the Line could be in danger. Meanwhile, Dillman himself may have unwittingly become a target.This book moves very slowly at first. The first half of the book is an introduction to the ship and the characters. However, once the murder takes place things begin moving much more quickly.

  • Gordon
    2018-10-18 10:16

    I was pleasantly surprised by this story. I expected to find a simplistic semi-closed door mystery. The book is that but has several good characters and an excellent setting within an historical context.I liked the Dillman character. It is somewhat refreshing to see an professional investigator at work, especially when his work needs to be done under the radar.The language was more elegant and sophisticated than I expected. However, this aspect was seriously hurt by many spelling and grammatical errors throughout the book. It is hard to believe that copy editors miss this stuff. I had the criminal(s) identified about a third of the way in so my interest was limited, but there were several distracting suspects and sub-plots.

  • Rusty
    2018-10-01 16:12

    This is an entertaining mystery beginning in September, 1907 when the Lusitania sails her maiden voyage to New York. The hero is an American, George Porter Dillman. He is a detective who investigates professional gamblers and thieves. Traveling by train from Euston to Liverpool, Lime Street, Dillman senses that something is off kilter. Fascinated by by Violet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rymer he wonders what is going on. Violet is sad and listless which seems unlikely on an exciting trip on this new ship embarking on its first voyage. A journalist named Henry Barcroft annoys both passengers and crew. And the plot thickens when there is a murde. Dillman must uncover the murderer and his/her motive. Good read indeed.

  • Katy
    2018-09-20 14:48

    I read Conrad Allen's book Murder on the Minnesota as my first introduction to this series. I enjoyed it, but thought it was a little clunky. I didn't think I would try any of the rest of the series. Am I glad I changed my mind! This is a fun little mystery book that displays none of the clunkiness of scene and dialogue that would pop up in the third book of the series. I had a ton of fun reading it, even though I guessed the villains quite a ways before the great reveal. The best part was the evocation of the ship board atmosphere - you almost feel as though you're aboard the Lusitania along with our heroes. Recommended.

  • Trisha
    2018-10-02 11:53

    I always enjoy murder mysteries and this was no exception. The settiing is the maiden voyage of the Lusitania from Liverpool to New York (1907).George Dillman has been hired by the ships captain to pose as a passenger - in fact he is a private detective for the Cunard Line. He expects to have a few dealings with petty criminals, but events escalate - first the murder of a journalist, then thefts of jewellery and even a favmour Stradivarius violin. There are suspects galore and the murderer/thief is not who you expected.