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A Mersey Mariner - Book 4 - Review by Martha A Cheves, Author of: Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish
"Mister Gray, what on earth's wrong with you man?" Gideon shouted at the young man. "Sorry sir, but he's dead, sir, dead as a doorknob." "Who's dead, man? Come on, pull yourself together and talk sense," Gideon said to the young man, who was visibly trembling. "The man in cabin six, sir. The Spaniard, Mister Gaspar. He's just lying there on his bunk sir, staring up at the ceiling with a terrible look on his face. He's dead, sir, I'd stake my life on it," Gray said, his voice croaking with emotion as he relayed the information to his captain.
The Alexandra Rose had sailed into the Mersey Estuary which was shrouded in dense, dank fog. Due to weather reports it would be anchored there until the fog rose, which would be a couple of days. The passengers are a bit unhappy for the delay in landing and now they have to contend with a death. A death that will surely turn out to be something other than natural.
Author Brian L. Porter has taken me on a ride that goes from the Alexandra Rose with its crew and passengers to the Amazon where the search for a natural cure for cancer is taking place. As I read, I'm sure there has to be a connection, but what? As the deaths start mounting up, so does my puzzlement as to the connection. It appears to be two whole stories within one book. Then... he brings it together, taking me by surprise and making me wonder why I didn't see it earlier.
As always, Porter has written yet another book that will have you turning the pages as he keeps you in suspense of the actual plot and who the bad guys actually are.