The M.S. Tilburg, a small German passenger ship on its way to the Far East, has had a pleasantly uneventful trip until she stops at Southampton and takes on a number of passengers. Shortly thereafter, the Tilburg becomes a hell ship.The first victim is an attractive young woman who falls downstairs--or was she pushed?--and is then attacked the next day with a razor blade.The M.S. Tilburg, a small German passenger ship on its way to the Far East, has had a pleasantly uneventful trip until she stops at Southampton and takes on a number of passengers. Shortly thereafter, the Tilburg becomes a hell ship.The first victim is an attractive young woman who falls downstairs--or was she pushed?--and is then attacked the next day with a razor blade. Luckily for somebody, she is suffering from amnesia as a result of the fall. Almost immediately thereafter another woman, who has been boasting about the acuteness of her senses, is thrown into the empty swimming pool, and is quite evidently lying about who did it.Meanwhile, a doctor in London is murdered, and the police fish a body out the Thames, also murdered, also a doctor. Back on the ship, an investigation discloses that the ship's former doctor had died at sea before reaching Southampton--seemingly from indigestion, actually from poison.These are not unrelated events. How they are tied together makes for a constantly exciting, baffling, and suspenseful novel....
|Title||:||Too Many Doctors|
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Too Many Doctors Reviews
“The name on her passport was Elizabeth Smith. The unfortunate young woman had fallen, or been pushed, down a flight of deck-stairs. Now she did not know who she was or why she was aboard the ship Tilburg - she only that she felt a stark and primitive terror when the handsome young doctor bent so solicitously over her bed...”I found this book quite disappointing especially after the excellent Content Assignment and Shadow of a Lady. I’m almost tempted to give it only two stars but the characterisations bring it up to three.I think there are two reasons for the disappointment. The first is that I kept putting the book down and as a result the convoluted plot seemed even more confusing and secondly it is the setting - shipboard life. It is nowhere near as interesting, for this reader anyway, as the settings of her earlier novels. Strangely, although this is one of her last novels (she died in 1964) it feels more dated than most of the others. Possibly because of the slightly patronising tone regarding the mixed races of travellers on the Tilburg (I’m aware that she is trying to be forwarding thinking but it doesn’t come off.) Whereas the settings of other books seem to hold their own for instance the Berlin of 1948 depicted in The Content Assignment or Switzerland in Shadow of a Lady.
Trehane operated on a basis of thoroughness: do everthing, do it properly, follow up, check. If he had ever had a moment of intuition, he had slept it off.Too Many Doctors by Holly Roth (1962). The passengers aboard the M.S. Tilburg, a small German ship, expect a pleasant, uneventful trip to the Far East. But before picking up the last of its European travelers, they have already lost a member of the crew--the ships's doctor--to apparent food poisoning and are forced to take on a replacement as well as passengers at Southampton. The ship hasn't even left British waters when an attractive young woman falls downstairs on her way to her cabin and the new doctor has his first patient. Or perhaps she was pushed? Her injuries seem a bit extensive for an accidental fall. If she was pushed, her assailant is lucky--she is suffering from amnesia as a result of her fall. One of her fellow passengers, Dr. Maxwell Owings, is a famous neurosurgeon and he is called upon by the ill-tempered captain to give assistance. Before he can make a complete initial examination, the woman is attacked with a razor blade. Dr. Owings begins to smell a rat...the ship's doctor insists the new cuts are simply reopening of wounds sustained in the fall and the captain takes great offense to a suggestion that a report needs to made to the officials ("I am the official!"). Then when another passenger is shoved into an empty swimming pool and is evading questions about who she think did it, Owings becomes even more insistent on an investigation.Back in London, a psychoanalyst is found shot to death in his office and Inspector Richard Medford begins investigations that involve the doctor's previous involvement with an abortion ring, possible blackmail, and maybe even drug trafficking. Then a body is fished out the Thames--surprise, another doctor! Connections are made with the German shipping line and an autopsy report reveals that the Tilburg's doctor was, indeed, poisoned...but not by food. Medford is sent to meet the ship in Genoa and to establish whether all these apparently unrelated events are part of the same murderous spree. His colleague, Inspector Trehane, follows up clues from England, Germany, and America to help Medford tie it all together.Well, the title says it all. "Too Many." Too many doctors. Too many dead doctors. Too many people who don't know who they are. Or who aren't who they say they are. Too many injuries and illnesses. Too many suspects. Too many motives. Too many random connections. And one "too much"--as in a plot twist that reminded me a little too much of one of Dame Agatha Christie's well-known ploys. (view spoiler)[While Owings is not the narrator, his involvement is very like that of the narrator in Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. We, the reader, get to know, like, and trust him. I, for one, was disappointed with his part in the murders and attacks. (hide spoiler)]What Holly Roth does well is character. This is no 400+ pager with the long-drawn out passages of detail that seem to be the norm in the door-stop-sized detective fiction of today. It tops out at a mere 204 pages and Roth manages to give us snippet snapshots (such as the opening description of Trehane) that tell us exactly what kind of person we're dealing with. Trehane is a careful plodder, but his checking & double-checking are essential and his thoroughness complements his colleague's (Inspector Medford's) tendency to make leaps of intuition. They sometimes irritate one another, but make a very good team. The short descriptions of the crew and passengers are also well-done and instantly draw the reader's sympathies or suspicions.The mystery plot itself is quite convoluted--with none of Christie's expertise at pulling all the threads together in one coherent picture. A couple of lines would have been plenty and would have made for a much smoother narrative. ★★ mostly for character and Medford's valiant attempt to explain how it all related.First posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.