This review is from: Death Cruise: A Chauncey McFadden Mystery (Chauncey McFadden Mysteries) (Paperback)
Dan Anderson served in Vietnam with the Americal Infantry Division. He is also a former executive with a world-class financial company. Writing is his post-retirement pursuit, and he has already garnered several awards: the Independent Publishers IPPY Book Award in 2009; the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Award in 2008; and the Books and Authors – Murder Mystery of the Year 2008.
PI Chauncey McFadden doesn’t present as your typical private eye. He looks more like a chunky college professor than Humphrey Bogart. But his brainpower is on par with Nero Wolff without the name recognition. Needless to say, after his first modest success as a P.I., he is called upon to investigate a rather nasty murder that has taken place aboard a cruise ship. Part of the deal includes bringing along his girlfriend, who shares his love of food. Her name is Girtha, a tongue-in-cheek handle, and she loves to shop:
“When I got back to the room, I found Girtha sprawled in a chair in front of the air conditioner, fanning herself with a magazine and taking sips from a small paper cup. I marveled at the collection of department store bags scattered around the room. ‘Finish your shopping?’
‘I just got in. That spree almost did me in,’ she gasped. ‘The temperature is the same as L.A., but the humidity is murder. I’d barely gotten ten feet from the hotel when it felt as if someone had set off a sprinkler system inside my clothes.'”
Dan Anderson’s characters form the cornerstone of his writing. The bad guys are SO bad. Unsavory characters plague even the ship’s staff. Anderson’s plot operates on many levels simultaneously. In the midst of all this “badness,” Anderson manages to take his readers on an entertaining cruise. Attention to details of the ship’s routine adds icing to the cake.
Death Cruise is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Anderson has a great sense of humor, as well as a flair for the macabre. He is an excellent writer with a thorough understanding of the vagaries of our fellow human beings. A great read!
Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA)