Death on the Aegean Queen is the third installment in the Dotsy Lamb travel mysteries. I first introduced Dotsy in Death of a Geek which was set in the Scottish Highlands. Death on the Aegean Queen is set on a cruise ship that is touring the Aegean and Greek islands. Although there is an abundance of people, the setting could be called remote, or removed from the mainland.
Dotsy, accompanied by friend Lettie and her husband Ollie, is about to leave on a cruise of the Greek islands. She looks forward to meeting Marco Quattrocchi, the Italian Carbinieri captain she had met a few years ago. Everyone is excited about the ship’s departure, and Letti and Dotsy are eagerly looking out for Marco’s arrival.
Dinner is served in style on the ship, and Dotsy shares her table with a couple from Indiana. George Gaskill has had some tough breaks and is on vacation before going in for a major surgery. Ollie and Gaskill strike up a poker game along with two other businessmen where George rakes in the moolah. Unfortunately, he may not be able to enjoy it. Dotsy is woken up by a frantic Katherine Gaskill who is looking for her husband. It turns out that George Gaskill is missing and the hunt begins.
Marco, being a policeman, is naturally interested and Dotsy is also involved. Meanwhile, as they tour Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and other islands, another tragedy strikes the ship. Dotsy meets Luc Girard, a noted archaeologist, who is on the ship and they realize that a lot of priceless antiques are being displayed on the ship. Where did these antiques come from? Another sub plot is unearthed when Dotsy learns that one of the ship’s dancers is a girl who had a grudge against George Gaskill. Was he striking up a rendezvous with her, or is her presence a coincidence?
Dotsy battles with her diabetes as she tries to make sense out of all the confusing clues. She also finds herself hesitant to take the next step with Marco leading to some tension between the couple. Death on the Aegean Queen will bring alive the whole cruise scene and keep you turning the pages.
Dotsy Lamb is a formidable sleuth, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. A must read!