Sundays in bed with …….. A Fatal Crossing

Sundays in bed with is a meme hosted by Midnight Book Girl but I came across it recently on Jill’s Book Blog. It is simply a chance to share the book that is by your bed at the moment (or that you wish was by your bed). This week, the book is A Fatal Crossing by Tom Hindle.

I’ve had quite a fantasy heavy week this week but I’m currently back to a crime novel this weekend and it’s brilliant.

Blurb from the book cover:
November 1924. The Endeavour sets sail from Southampton carrying 2,000 passengers and crew on a week-long voyage to New York.

When an elderly gentleman is found dead at the foot of a staircase, ship’s officer Timothy Birch is ready to declare it a tragic accident. But James Temple, a strong-minded Scotland Yard inspector, is certain there is more to this misfortune than meets the eye.

Birch agrees to investigate, and the trail quickly leads to the theft of a priceless painting. Its very existence is known only to its owner . . . and the dead man.

With just days remaining until they reach New York, and even Temple’s purpose on board the Endeavour proving increasingly suspicious, Birch’s search for the culprit is fraught with danger.

And all the while, the passengers continue to roam the ship with a killer in their midst . . 

I love this book so far. The setting is brilliant and the character of the ship’s officer who is telling the story is interesting. He’s obvously still suffering the effects of WWI but there is also a mystery or tragedy concerning his wife and daughter which creates a good backstory for the murder investigation and art theft. I’m really looking forward to finding out how it all works out.