By J.A. Jance

The Statfire Breeze steams its approach north towards the Gulf of Alaska, buffeted by means of crisp sea winds blowing down from the Arctic. these on board are searching for peace, leisure, experience, get away. yet there isn't any get away right here during this position of unspoiled ordinary majesty. simply because terror strolls the decks even within the fantastic gentle of day... and demise is a conspicuous, unwelcome passenger. And a former Seattle policeman -- a broken murder Detective who has come to heal from clean, stinging wounds -- will locate that the awful ghosts pursuing him weren't left at the back of ... as a excitement cruise long gone horribly fallacious contains him inexorably into deadly, ever-darkening waters.

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Rather than say so, however, I went on the offensive. ” she asked. “They prowl through cruise-ship passenger lists looking for wealthy widows or divorcées. Which I’m not, by the way,” she added, slicing into a piece of watermelon and forking some of it into her mouth. ” I may have sounded surly before, but now I was truly offended. “Look, once and for all, I am not a dance host—never have been. ” “Oh,” she said. “You’re such a good dancer. ” “Thank you,” I muttered, feeling somewhat mollified by the compliment.

A. JANCE learn that she was far more concerned about looking good on the dance floor than she was about carrying on casual conversation. As a consequence, when I danced with her, there was almost no talking, and that was fine with me. Last came the redhead, Virginia Metz. After cruising around the dance floor with Sharon Carson, dancing with Virginia was like dancing with a plywood cutout. She held me at a firm arm’s length. ” I was stumped. ” “Come on, Mr. Beaumont. I know what you’re after. You cruise dance hosts are all alike.

It boasts two formal dining rooms—the Crystal and the Regal—as well as a twentyfour-hour buffet up on the Lido Deck. Knowing my grandmother, I tried the buffet first—to no avail. After that, I tried the dining rooms. To the dismay of a full contingent of concerned wait staff, I waved aside all offers of help and went wandering through the white-tableclothed wilderness of the Crystal Dining Room. In a windowed alcove near the back of the ballroom-sized room I came across Marc Alley huddled at a table for two with an early-forties blondish woman armed with a laptop computer as well as a small tape recorder.

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